This book contains two essays delivered by Edward Clodd to the Royal Institution and originally published in “The Hibbert Journal”. Within the lectures, he displays an obvious skepticism of occultism but also presents a serious attempt to understand rather than criticise. Highly recommend for those with an interest in science and the occult. Edward Clodd (1840 – 1930) was an English writer, banker, and anthropologist famous for his various and notable literary and scientific friends, including the likes of Edward Fitzgerald, Samuel Butler, Andrew Lang, and others. Other notable works by author include: “The Childhood of the World” (1872), “Jesus of Nazareth” (1880), and “Nature Studies” (1882). Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this classic volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition for the enjoyment of literature lovers now and for years to come.