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does "public intelligence" means "intelligence service"?

If anything could annihilate Spiritualism, its present estimation by the English public, its treatment by the Press and the courts of law, its attempted suppression by all the powers of public intelligence, its hatred by the heroes of the pulpits of all churches and creeds, the simple acceptance of even the public folly and wickedness attributed to it by the Press, its own internal divisions—in a word, its pre-eminent unpopularity would put it out of existence.

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No. While ‘public intelligence’ can often refer to intelligence agencies, in this case it refers to ‘common knowledge’, or ‘collective intelligence’; things ‘everybody knows’, regardless of whether they’re true or everybody really knows them and understands them.

So the text is saying that ‘common knowledge’ says that spiritualism is not correct, and tries to suppress it, and is a contributing part of its unpopularity, along with

its present estimation by the English public, its treatment by the Press and the courts of law ... its hatred by the heroes of the pulpits of all churches and creeds, the simple acceptance of even the public folly and wickedness attributed to it by the Press, its own internal divisions

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