• Most students of nature sooner or later pass through a process of writing off a large percentage of their supposed capital of knowledge as a merely illusory asset. As we trace more accurately certain familiar sequences of phenomena we begin to realize how closely these sequences, or laws , as we call them, are hemmed round by still other laws of which we can form no notion. With myself this writing off of illusory assets has gone rather far and the cobweb of supposed knowledge has been pinched (as some one has phrased) into a particularly small pill.

    Society for Psychical Research (Great Britain), Society for Psychical Research (London, England), Henry Sidgwick, Balfour Stewart, Arthur James Balfour Balfour (Earl of) (1912). “Presidential Addresses to the Society for Psychical Research, 1882-1911”