Edison and Blavatsky’s Reasoning Against Darwinism and the Influence of Buddhism and Hinduism On Them
Blavatsky’s Reasoning Against Darwinism, Darwin’s “Theory of Evolution”:
Suppose an Occultist were to claim that the first grand organ of a cathedral had come originally into being in the following manner. First, there was a progressive and gradual elaboration in Space of an organizable material, which resulted in the production of a state of matter named organic PROTEIN. Then, under the influence of incident forces, those states having been thrown into a phase of unstable equilibrium, they slowly and majestically evolved into and resulted in new combinations of carved and polished wood, of brass pins and staples, of leather and ivory, wind-pipes and bellows. After which, having adapted all its parts into one harmonious and symmetrical machine, the organ suddenly pealed forth Mozart’s Requiem. This was followed by a Sonata of Beethoven, etc., ad infinitum; its keys playing of themselves and the wind blowing into the pipes by its own inherent force and fancy. … What would Science say to such a theory? – SD ii 348
But there are certainly “designers,” though these are neither omnipotent nor omniscient in the absolute sense of the term. They are simply Builders, or Masons, working under the impulse given them by the ever-to-be-unknown, (on our plane) Master Mason — the ONE LIFE and Law. Belonging to this sphere, they have no hand in, or possibility of working on any other, during the present Manvantara, at any rate. That they work in cycles and on a strictly geometrical and mathematical scale of progression, is what the extinct animal species amply demonstrate; that they act by design in the details of minor lives (of side animal issues, etc.) is what natural history has sufficient evidence for.
In the creation of new species, departing sometimes very widely from the Parent stock, as in the great variety of the genus Felis—like the lynx, the tiger, the cat, etc.—it is the “designers” who direct the new evolution by adding to, or depriving the species of certain appendages, either needed or becoming useless in the new environments. Thus, when we say that Nature provides for every animal and plant, whether large or small, we speak correctly.
“I do not believe that any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States.” – Thomas Edison
“I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious theories of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God. [And whatever I can’t see” cannot exist.]” – Thomas Edison
“So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake… Religion is all bunk.” – Thomas Edison
“To those searching for truth – not the truth of dogma and darkness but the truth brought by reason, search, examination, and inquiry, discipline is required. For faith, as well intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction – faith in fiction is a damnable false hope.” – Thomas Edison
Below are selected quotes (with my comments between brackets, except one which is “” showing that I deleted a useless literary device) from the book Edison[:] Inventing the Century, by Neil Baldwin:
Mme. Blavatsky sent Edison a gift copy of Isis Unveiled along with application forms for membership in the Theosophical Society, which included among its diverse American adherents, Doubleday and William James. Edison immediately signed the papers, returning them to Mme. Blavatsky’s colleague Colonel Henry Steel Olcott, cofounder of the [Theosophical] Society… Edison’s cordial note read, “Please say to Madame Blavatsky that I have recovered her curious work and I thank her for the same. I SHALL READ BETWEEN THE LINES!” (A decade later however, perhaps in reaction to a report published in England by the Society for Physcical Research asserting that Mme. Blavatsky was a fraud, Edison vehemently denied articles in the press” the article’s appearing in the press quoting Colonel Olcott as stating that the famous inventor [Edison] was a card-carrying dues-paying Theosophist. Edison insisted that Olcott was mistaken even after the Colonel wrote to Edison [saying] that the signed membership form as well as a second letter from Edison acknowledging receipt of the Diploma of Fellowship were [both] enshrined in the Society’s international headquarters in Madras, India.)
Toward mid December 1878, four days before leaving America permanently for India, Mme. Blavatsky, who had become a naturalized citizen because, she said, “America is the only land of true freedom in the whole world,” and Colonel Olcott arranged a trip to Menlo park, as two members of the still ongoing celebrity parade to New Jersey. [Note, that previous paragraph seems to be grammatically wrong, perhaps because it says “and” when it shouldn’t. The author also should have said, “decided to become a naturalized citizen”]. When Mme. Blavatsky fell ill with discomfort from an emergency tooth extraction, and much to her chagrin was unable to make the journey, the Colonel went alone. He approached Edison not only as a fellow Theosophist, but also as honorary secretary to a Citizen’s National Committee created to act as a liason with the French government for the purpose of planning a major international industrial exposition in Paris for the coming year. Olcott hoped that the inventor would want to participate, which he most assuredly did. [“most assuredly did”? Pretentious.]
Having accomplished their business, the two men strayed off naturally enough into a conversation about “occult forces,” a field in which Edison had already done some exploring. Edison regaled (and intrigued) Olcott by telling him that he had attempted through the dynamism of will power (conducted via rubber tubes extending from his forehead) to move a pendulum suspended on the wall of his laboratory. Olcott narrowed the discussion of mental energy in general into the directly psychological realm…
Over the years up to and even beyond the flap over Edison’s affiliation with the Theosophical movement, Mme. Blavatsky, who was extremely prolific–her Collected Works take up more than ten thousand pages in fourteen volumes–published several articles discussing in partisan terms her ideas about his work; even though they never actually met, she was a deep admirer with a clear sense of the affinities between what Edison was after and what Theosophy valued: “Had our Brother Theosophist, Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor of the telephone and the phonograph, lived in the days of Galileo,” she wrote in her essay, “Magic” [yeah magic is just such a big contribution to science, hypocrite pagan], published in the Dekkan Star, Poona, India, in March 1879, “he would have surely expiated at the stake his sin of having found the means to fix on a soft surface of metal, and preserve for long years the sounds of the human voice; for his talent would have been pronounced the gift of Hell [oh yeah and don’t you know the pagans never did anything wrong and were such great scientists who peacefully gave us science, NOT. And what a cheap shot idiot: perpetuating the myth that Galileo was physically tortured and killed, when the truth is that he was given a luxury confinement. At least she didn’t say “The Church” or “Christians would have burned you alive.” Interesting also that she failed to mention that atheists had persuaded certain Catholics to persecute Galileo.] . . . Divine Wisdom has been discovered by Mr. Edison . . . in eternity of sound.”
In a March 1890 essay, “The Cycle Moveth,” [nope no pretention there, not] she approvingly cited Edison’s Monadic conception of matter, his intimation that there was a supreme unity manifesting itself within all particulate life, as expressed during an interview with G. Parsons Lathrop in a recent issue of Harper’s: “I do not believe that matter is inert, acted upon by an outside force. To me  it seems that every atom is possessed by a certain amount of primitive intelligence; look at the thousand ways in which atoms of hydrogen combine with those other elements. . . . Do you mean to say they do this without intelligence?”
One month later, incensed to discover that “Brother Edison” was ridiculed and demeaned in the Review of Reviews as a “dreamer” for these Harper’s remarks, Mme. Blavatsky leaped to his defense yet again as a holistic think, a man with the spiritual wherewithal to accept the feasibility of a universal reality. [I can see from that nonsense statement where some of the New Age nonsense teachings came from.] In a provocative, indignant piece called “Kosmic Mind,” she took Edison’s side: “Would to goodness the men of science exercised their ‘scientific imagination’ a little more and their dogmatic and cold negations a little less. Dreams differ,” she wrote. [‘Whatever’ plagiarizing pagan. But you were right about (mainstream) scientists, the neo-skeptics, being dogmatic and (spiritually) short-sighted.] – pages 94-95
There was an old story that, on the day of his wedding to Mary Stilwell, the preoccupied Edison had to be roused from an experiment to get to the proverbial church on time. True or not, here was a man who, although he did give in to the tropical tranquility and sleep later than his accustomed dawn-breaking hour, needed to be close to his work. [And the author knows this how? And could you get any more pretentious with the pointlessly fancy wording?] The intellectual nature of that labor does seem to have been shaped by the major changes to his emotional life; it had returned, for a while at least, to a more spiritual plane, the kind of thinking that had been so seductive to Mme. Blavatsky and her followers. Ever since Mary’s death, Edison had spoken on occasion publicly of metaphysical concerns, his belief that within every atom, every subdivision of nature, there could be found “a certain amount of primitive intelligence . . . Look at the thousand ways in which atoms of hydrogen combine with those of other elements, forming the most diverse substances. Do you mean to say that they make animals of the lower orders. Finally they combine in a man, who represents the total intelligence of all the atoms.”
“But where does this intelligence come from originally?” he was asked.
“From some greater power than ourselves,” was the reply.
“Do you then believe in an intelligent Creator, a personal God?”
“Certainly,” said Mr. Edison. “The existence of such a God, in my mind, can almost be proved by chemistry.”
“This of it! A man in this skeptical century who dares believe in a discovery beyond all discoveries,” Edison’s shamelessly editorializing visitor concluded. “Here is a student of nature who is not afraid to have the spirit of a Galileo or a Kepler or an Isaac Newton . . . And so we discover down on Avenue B, in the prosaic city of New York, a philosopher who believes in a personal God.”
In the wonderful opening scene of the 1940 MGM classic, Edison, the Man, Spencer Tracy, playing the elderly but mellowed curmudgeon to fairytale perfection, is surrounded by a group of adoring children, smiling benignly upon them as the innocent questions come thick and fast, until with ultimate humility he smiles and points heavenward, saying, “That’s the real Inventor!” This was a statement from life, not a life concocted by the scriptwriter. – page 172
So, Edison was a creationist, he believed in intelligent design, but he rejected the designer’s master plan of salvation.
Apparently Tesla undertook a self-imposed vow of chastity, having been influenced in part by Swami Vivekananda, who preached chastity as the path to self-transformation and enlightenment.
Tesla met the Swami on February 13, 1896, at a dinner with Sarah Bernhardt after one of her performances in the play Iziel. As with the rest of the world, Tesla had first heard of the Swami during the summer of 1893 when the “Hindoo” gained overnight prominence after speaking at the Congress of World Religions, which had been held at the Chicago World’s Fair. As Tesla had been in Chicago within a month of the talk, it is conceivable that he met or saw the Swami speak at that time.
Vivekananda told “the great electrician” about “Vendantic Prana [life force] and Akasa [ether], which according to [Tesla], are the only theories modern science can etertain.”
Having studied Madam Blavatsky’s theosophical teachings, Tesla was already versed in the idea of Akasa and the Akashic Records, which are, in essence, the records of all historical events existing in some vibratory state in this ether.
“The Brahma, or Universal Mind,” the Swami continued, “produces Akasa and Prana.”
Tesla agreed with the essential premise of this Buddhist view, replying that the theory could be “proved mathematically by demonstrating that force and matter are reducible to potential energy,” and then the inventor invited Swami Vivekananda, some of his devotees, and Sarah Bernhardt to his laboratory for the following week to demonstrate through experiments this principle.
After Tesla showed the swami some of his “creations,” the swami advised that pure creation, in the sense that “something” was born from “nothing” was not possible. To Swami Vivekananda, creation was a process of combining existing elements into a new synthesis. This idea of the eternal nature of existence with no beginning and no ending was appealing to Tesla, and he later referred to this and related concepts in some of his writings. – Wizard: the life and times of Nikola Tesla, biography of a genius, pages 164-165, by Marc J. Seifer
all the great religions contain wise prescriptions relating to the conduct of life, which hold good now as they did when they were promulgated.
There is no conflict between the ideal of religion and the ideal of science, but science is opposed to theological dogmas because science is founded on fact. To me, the universe is simply a great machine which never came into being and never will end. The human being is no exception to the natural order. Man, like the universe, is a machine. Nothing enters our minds or determines our actions which is not directly or indirectly a response to stimuli beating upon our sense organs from without. Owing to the similarity of our construction and the sameness of our environment, we respond in like manner to similar stimuli, and from the concordance of our reactions, understanding is barn. In the course of ages, mechanisms of infinite complexity are developed, but what we call “soul ” or “spirit,” is nothing more than the sum of the functionings of the body. When this functioning ceases, the “soul” or the “spirit” ceases likewise.
I expressed these ideas long before the behaviorists, led by Pavlov in Russia and by Watson in the United States, proclaimed their new psychology. This apparently mechanistic conception is not antagonistic to an ethical conception of life. The acceptance by mankind at large of these tenets will not destroy religious ideals. Today Buddhism and Christianity are the greatest religions both in number of disciples and in importance. I believe that the essence of both [is what] will be the religion of the human race in the twenty-first century.
The year 2100 will see eugenics universally established. In past ages, the law governing the survival of the fittest roughly weeded out the less desirable strains. Then man’s new sense of pity began to interfere with the ruthless workings of nature. As a result, we continue to keep alive and to breed the unfit. The only method compatible with our notions of civilization and the race is to prevent the breeding of the unfit by sterilization and the deliberate guidance of the mating instinct, Several European countries and a number of states of the American Union sterilize the criminal and the insane. This is not sufficient. The trend of opinion among eugenists is that we must make marriage more difficult. Certainly no one who is not a desirable parent should be permitted to produce progeny. A century from now it will no more occur to a normal person to mate with a person eugenically unfit than to marry a habitual criminal.
Hygiene, physical culture will be recognized branches of education and government. The Secretary of Hygiene or Physical Culture will he far more important in the cabinet of the President of the United States who holds office in the year 2035 than the Secretary of War. The pollution of our beaches such as exists today around New York City will seem as unthinkable to our children and grandchildren as life without plumbing seems to us. Our water supply will he far more carefully supervised, and only a lunatic will drink unsterilized water.
More people die or grow sick from polluted water than from coffee, tea, tobacco, and other stimulants. I myself eschew all stimulants. I also practically abstain from meat. I am convinced that within a century coffee, tea, and tobacco will be no longer in vogue. Alcohol, however, will still be used. It is not a stimulant but a veritable elixir of life.” – Liberty, February, 1937, by Nikola Tesla, as told to George Sylvester Viereck
God would have made Tesla’s life one of constant joy and success if Tesla’s mind had rejected the mental Darwin virus and the myth that Christianity was a myth and asked God for forgiveness and accepted the way he commanded us to live. The same for Edison who oppressed and betrayed Tesla greatly.
It’s interesting to see that neo-pagans like Blavatsky and Edison could still see the error of Darwinism clearly, and that Tesla seemed to avoid endorsing evolution, that the New Age movement didn’t embrace Darwinism, but that eventually, thanks to atheists and the desire of neo-pagans to hold high-paying positions and to repel Christians, because Intelligent Design was one of the first and basic teachings of the Bible, which it stated clearly and specifically and that God creating the universe and all the life in it is used as a reason by the Bible and many Christians (especially Calvinists, of whom there are millions) to revere and obey God.
Scientific Errors in Hinduism (it’s misleading to say “Scientific Errors” as if only a select few people were scientists (everyone is a scientists because we all learn using a scientific method that God naturally programmed into us all, some just ignore that instinct it at times and choose folly).
Contradiction in Buddhist Argumentation: http://www.springerlink.com/content/e32208418621415t
Karma Contradiction in Buddhism: http://approachingaro.org/no-cosmic-justice (even an atheist can see a contradiction in Buddhism)