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The First Ghosts

Dr Irving Finkel is Assistant Keeper of the Ancient Mesopotamian script, language and cultures department in the British Museum. He is the curator in charge of cuneiform inscriptions on tablets of clay from ancient Mesopotamia, of which the Middle East Department has the largest collection - some 130,000 pieces - of any modern museum. Dr Finkel is in the throes of writing a book entitled The First Ghosts. The central issue it raises will be covered in this illustrated talk, which seeks to establish that the existence of the afterlife, survival of some part of a human being after death and thus the existence of ghosts, goes back to the cusp of human evolution, and that it is hot-wired into human psyche and an ineradicable component of human psyche. We examine the first archaeological evidence and the first textual evidence. Questions will be welcomed!
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College of Psychic Studies - The College was founded in 1884 by a group of eminent scholars and scientists. Its purpose was to facilitate formal investigation into the psychic and mediumistic phenomena that were such a topic of debate in the Victorian era. With great courage, this group of distinguished people, some notable in science, others from within the ranks of the Anglican clergy, defied the prevailing canons of respectability in order to proclaim to a world of increasing materialism that human personality survives bodily death and that this is capable of demonstration.

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