Tuesday, July 11, 2017

When God Died and Psychical Research Was Born

1882 was the year that Friedrich Nietzsche announced that God was dead and added that “we” had killed him.  At Cambridge University during the same year, Frederic Myers with several colleagues officially launched a new scientific discipline called psychical research.  If ever there was a “meaningful” historical coincidence, this one certainly qualifies.What’s so meaningful about this coincidence?  In brief, it speaks loudly to what we may call the most important crisis in the history of Western consciousness. It also points to a possible way of coping with that crisis.  In Nietzsche’s pronouncement, it is “we” who have killed God.  What does that mean?

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