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    Lightbulb dreamed of in their philosophy

    Does "their" refer to "heaven and earth" or does it refer to "great masses"?

    Spiritualism, by its persistent investigation of psychic phenomena, by its openly-proclaimed insistence that intercommunication between the two worlds is a present-day fact, has brought great masses of our fellow beings to realize that "There are more things in heaven and earth" than had been previously "dreamed of in their philosophy," and have made many of them, as Christian men and women, understand a mighty truth interwoven with religion...

    "The History of Spiritualism," by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Re: dreamed of in their philosophy

    Great masses.

    By the way, it is an allusion to Shakespeare. "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

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    Re: dreamed of in their philosophy

    Do heaven and earth usually have a philosophy that they follow?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: dreamed of in their philosophy

    It's Horatio who has a philosphy. Heaven and earth have more things.

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    Re: dreamed of in their philosophy

    In Shakespeare's days, "philosophy" meant what we now know as science.
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    Re: dreamed of in their philosophy

    And the philosophy (or science) is not Horatio's. Shakespeare was using the word your in a way it is still used today:

    — with little or no meaning almost as an equivalent to the definite article the
    your typical teenager


    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/your
    Typoman - writer of rongs

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