Lodge was professor of physics at University of London and at the University of Liverpool. He was elected fellow of the Royal Society in 1887, awarded the Albert Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for his pioneer work in wireless telegraphy, and knighted in 1902. He was president of the British Association in 1913. His great reputation as a physicist was established by his research in electricity, thermoelectricity, and in wireless (radio) and theories of matter and ether.
In this seance, Lodge speaks about communication with the afterlife. He explains that it is difficult for famous personalities to prove their identities, and that the truth of communication with the afterlife will never be fully accepted until a method that is purely scientific is developed. He realizes that the mentality of his scientific colleagues will reject survival as long as possible because of the deep-rooted materialistic convictions they hold. However, he asserts that religious organizations are the greatest hindrance to spiritual advancement.