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Mr Fournier d'Albe, B.Sc, secretary of the Dublin Society of Psychical Research, explained to an audience of spiritualists at the rooms of the Royal Society of British Artists, his new theory regarding the life of the soul after death. He went so far as to indicate the kind of life which, in his belief, isied by disembodied souls and the pro--bable duration ;of it. supporting his speculations by scientific arguments. | After, commenting upon the fact that "a poor ghost looking in at. the window is shot at; persecuted, tie- ' nounced .and exorcised," Mr d'Albe gave his reasons for believing that the soul of man is. an -aggregation of the "psychomeres," or soul particles, inhabiting the individual . cells of the human body. : . - "Thes& psychomeres," he., said, "are probably opaque to ultra-violet light, and therefore some day may be made visible by more powerful optical means than we at present possess. They will then be weighed and measured. Their weight will probably be found to be about onethousandth part of the weight of the body." After death Mr d'Albe's "psychomeres"unite to farm, the "sbiilbody," and are, from their nature, suited to the environment of the earth; atmosphere in which he believes, they float. They have consciousness and power of locomotion, or energy "which, as it must be derived from some source, is probably I obtained from the ultra-violet rays of the sun. ■ Mr d'Albe argued that as thesoul- ( body subsists on the .sun-rays it requires no digestive organs, and hfts no need to struggle as the material body does for food. Having thus lost the inpentive to compete for existence, the soul-body retains the higher quality of competition in mutual service ■ • v A Following, this line argument, Mr d'Alb'ev whose work in science and psychical research has been commended by . Sir Oliver Lodge and Sir William Crookes, arsrued that the atmosphere is inhabited with the souls of those who have lived for the last 1 30,000 years. "The realm of souls," he said, extends upwards from where we stand for 200 miles, and is as thickly populated as the earth.' After 30,000, years of this soul existence in the atmosphere) Mr Q'Albe suggests a further transformation into a state; or existence .suited, to the environment which is to be found in inter-planetary space, implying, as one of his audience pointed out in the discussion following the lecture,: the final cosmic union of all souls and all ages.

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LIFE AFTER DEATH., Colonist, Volume LI, Issue 12454, 2 February 1909

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LIFE AFTER DEATH. Colonist, Volume LI, Issue 12454, 2 February 1909

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