EDUCATED AT Trinity College, Cambridge. Devoted himself to philosophical
studies for many years. First went to Parliament in 1876. Published A
Defence of Philosophic Doubt in 1879, pleading for individual freedom of
thought as against the increasing dogmatism of science.
Through his sister, the wife of Prof. Henry
Sidgwick, the first president
of the SPR, he became interested in psychic phenomena and the question of
survival in 1882.
In 1894 he occupied the presidential chair of the SPR.
Especially interested in telepathy as it lent itself to experimental work.
President of the SPR in 1893. President of the British Association in
Served as the British Prime Minister from 1902 to 1905, also Secretary of
State. His paper on the Ear of Dionysuis cross correspondence (attributed
to the discarnate minds of Prof. Butcher and Prof. Verrall) which he read
before the SPR in November, 1916, is a most constructive presentation of
an excellent piece of evidence for survival.
Source (with minor modifications):
An Encyclopaedia of Psychic Science by Nandor Fodor (1934).
Articles by Arthur Balfour on this website:
Presidential Address to the Society for Psychical Research
Science and Theology