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Sir Oliver Lodge
Born Oliver Joseph Lodge
(1851-06-12)12 June 1851
Penkhull, Staffordshire
Died 22 August 1940(1940-08-22) (aged 89)
Lake, Wiltshire
Occupation Physicist and inventor
Awards

Rumford Medal of the Royal Society (1898)
Albert Medal (1919)
Faraday Medal (1932)

Of mediumship there are many grades, one of the simplest forms being the capacity to receive an impression or automatic writing, under peaceful conditions, in an ordinary state; but the whole subject is too large to be treated here.
Oliver Joseph Lodge
Life must be considered sui generis; it is not a form of energy, nor can it be expressed in terms of something else.
Oliver Joseph Lodge
Basing my conclusions on experience I am absolutely convinced not only of survival but of demonstrated survival, demonstrated by occasional interaction with matter in such a way as to produce physical results.
Oliver Joseph Lodge
The hypothesis of surviving intelligence and personality – not only surviving but anxious and able with difficulty to communicate – is the simplest and most straightforward and the only one that fits all the facts.
Oliver Joseph Lodge
They definitely mean to maintain that the process called death is a mere severence of soul and body, and that the soul is freed rather than injured thereby.
Oliver Joseph Lodge
Death is not a word to fear, any more than birth is.
In other cases, when the medium becomes entranced, the demonstration of a communicator's separate intelligence may become stronger and the sophistication less.
Oliver Joseph Lodge
Death is not extinction. Neither the soul nor the body is extinguished or put out of existence.
Oliver Joseph Lodge
We know that communication must be hampered, and its form largely determined, by the unconscious but inevitable influence of a transmitting mechanism, whether that be of a merely mechanical or of a physiological character.
Oliver Joseph Lodge
But although life is not energy, any more than it is matter, yet it directs energy and thereby controls arrangements of matter.
Oliver Joseph Lodge
Any person without invincible prejudice who had the same experience would come to the same broad conclusion, viz., that things hitherto held impossible do actually occur.
Oliver Joseph Lodge
The amount of sophistication varies according to the quality of the medium, and to the state of the same medium at different times; it must be attributed in the best cases physiologically to the medium, intellectually to the control.
Oliver Joseph Lodge
Whatever life may really be, it is to us an abstraction: for the word is a generalised term to signify that which is common to all animals and plants, and which is not directly operative in the inorganic world.
Oliver Joseph Lodge
The properties which differentiate living matter from any kind of inorganic imitation may be instinctively felt, but can hardly be formulated without expert knowledge.
Oliver Joseph Lodge
The old series of sittings with Mrs. Piper convinced me of survival for reasons which I should find it hard to formulate in any strict fashion, but that was their distinct effect.
Oliver Joseph Lodge