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Wallace, ghosts, and falsification

February 21st, 2007 · No Comments

God and Ghosts On the Left: see the original post, but, to walk away with the title minus the ‘god’ part, it is worth recalling the history of Darwinism wherein Wallace the budding spiritualist essentially pointed to the falsification of the Darwinian theory: ghosts are real.
But can we prove it? Consider Henry James (read the Ghosthunters). Obviously, Kant and his Visions of a Ghostseer shows us the undecidability of the question.

It seems absurd to secularists but the question of a ‘ghost’ is actually quite simple. It should be an adjunct to philosophical study, via Kantian (theistic?)/Schopenhauerian (atheistic?) transcendental idealism and its various transcendental deductions.

The point, in any case is clear: Wallace saw that the Darwinian account couldn’t possibly be right, and had the honesty to admit it.

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