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magnetic commerce of these organs with external beings.” And 
jet this philosopher does not draw from his premises the con¬ 
clusion which we might expect; namely, that the destruction 
of the organs involves the dispersion of ideas and the complete 
annihilation of the intelligent being. On the contrary, he says, 
‘•'While time enfeebles, alters, destroys the body of the sage, it 
perfects his soul; and this progress indicates a high destiny. 
It is, in reality, the soul of the sage which is the ultimate object 
of the composition of the world; it is the soul of the sage 
which ought to be strengthened and preserved by the laws 
which govern the universe. No other result would be worthy 
of this sublime work.” 
The physiologists, too, are claimed by Chaseray in support of 
his views. 
Charles Bonnet, the great naturalist and physiologist (1720- 
I793)> believed, like most modern Spiritualists, that to maintain 
the human personality, which must consist, above all, in the 
memory, and to maintain a link between the present and the 
future state of man, there must be an ethereal and indestructible 
body to which the soul remains united after death, and which is 
the germ of the new body destined to perfect the faculties of 
man in another life. 
M. Flourens has declared that the “ bad philosophies must 
not pretend to find their support in physiology.” 
Alfred Maury, after allowing these words to escape him, 
namely, “ The intelligence is, after all, a function of the brain,” 
hastens to add, in a note, “ I do not pretend to deny the action 
of the soul, but I would remark that this action is always closely 
connected with the play of the organism.” 
Milne Edwards says, that he does not regard the organiza¬ 
tion as being all in the economy of living bodies. 
M. Gratiolet writes, “The system which best satisfies com¬ 
mon sense, is that which admits the individuality of souls and 
their existence independently of a certain body.” 
Finally, the celebrated professor, Rodolph Wagner, says at 
Göttingen, in the midst of an assembly of savants, “ The moral
        

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