Did the SPR abandon all charges against HPB???
Jun 08, 2006 07:55 AM
Did the Society for Psychical Research abandon all
charges against H.P. Blavatsky???
Yesterday I wrote to Leslie Price:
...I see that today on Theos-Talk Carlos Aveline
"...the Society for Psychical Research, SPR abandoned
all charges against HPB, precisely because they were
evidently false and molre -- ABSURD."
I didn't know the SPR had a corporate view on this!
Did the legal governing body of the SPR vote on this
and declare in some way or another that they disowned
or abandoned the Hodgson Report, etc?
Mr. Aveline has written about this several times in
the last few months on Theos-Talk.
I am not aware that the SPR has done this, are you?
If this is not true (what Aveline is writing), then
297 subscribers to Theos-Talk are being misinformed.
Are you willing to state the real facts about this
issue on Theos-Talk?
Leslie Price was kind enough to reply and has given me
permission to post the following statement by him here
As one who has served twice on the SPR Council, and
who was involved in the arrangements for the publication
of Vernon's paper in JSPR April 1986, I can confirm
that the Society has no collective view on Theosophical
phenomena. The Council may have associated itself
to an undue extent with its 1885 Report, not least
in its later support for the Solovyoff translation.
But in publishing Vernon's paper, they did not at the
same time cancel the 1885 report - in the way that
for example, a scientific publication might withdraw
a discredited paper on human cloning. All the published
material - including the little known first and provisional
report of the SPR committee - remains available for study.
I have written previously on this [Theos-Talk] forum
(May 8 2003) about the major constructive significance of
Vernon's work. He made it possible for everyone to move
Daniel H. Caldwell
Blavatsky Study Center
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