Spiritual séance

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Séance conducted by John Beattie, Bristol, England, 1872

Spiritual séance or, simply, Séance is a meeting at which a group of people often including a medium attempts to contact a ghost and communicate with it. Participants of such meeting need not be seated while engaged in a séance.

One of the earliest books on the subject is Communitation With the Other Side by George, First Baron Lyttelton, published in England in 1760.[1]

Some notable people who attended séances and believed in all that include the United States President Abraham Lincoln, and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln; the social reformer Robert Owen; the journalist and pacifist William Thomas Stead,[2] and more.

Scientists who have conducted a search for real séances and believed that contact with the dead is a reality include the evolutionary biologist Alfred Russel Wallace,[3] the inventor of telephone Alexander Graham Bell, and the inventor of television technology John Logie Baird, who claimed to have contacted the spirit of the inventor Thomas Edison, and more.

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  1. Lyttleton, George (First Baron) and Montegue, Mrs. Eizabeth, Dialogues with the Dead, W. Sandby, London, 1760.
  2. "''Stead on Spiritualism'' at The William T. Stead Resource Site". Attackingthedevil.co.uk. http://www.attackingthedevil.co.uk/spiritualism/index.php. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  3. "''The Scientific Aspect of the Supernatural'', Alfred Russel Wallace, 1866". Wku.edu. http://www.wku.edu/~smithch/wallace/S118A.htm. Retrieved 22 July 2009.