[Note on “Is Man only a Machine?”]
Theosophist, December, 1880
Note by H.P.B. on an article by Joseph Pollock
Mr. Pollock has as ably presented both sides of the case as anyone could without the help to be drawn from experimental Psychology. The materialistic argument is perfect so far as concerns the mechanical aspect of the human being; but here steps in the practitioner of Asiatic Yoga, and, displaying a group of phenomena of the possibility of which the materialist never so much as dreamed, shows us that man can only be comprehended by those who have studied him in both sides of his nature. The old maxim experientia docet [“experience teaches”] should be ever borne in mind by our modern philosophers.