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An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural

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spiritualitis A term coined by author L. Sprague de Camp for the condition afflicting researchers into spiritualism. He defines it thus:  

      The symptoms of this malady are a tendency to sneer at the “limited range of view” and “dreary agnosticism” of unbelievers; to defend mediums as “men of high intelligence and probity” or “simple, honest, kind-hearted people” whose feats, even after exposure, “remain to this day absolutely inexplicable”; to blame exposures on evil spirits or a Jesuit plot; and to assert sweepingly but untruthfully that “every trained observer” who has investigated the phenomena has either been converted “or has been forced to admit that the phenomena are at present wholly inexplicable.”

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