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Science of Mind

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Introduction - Intellect - Mental Science's Divisions - Intellect's Divisions and Perceptions - The Understanding - The Reason - The Dynamics of the Intellect - Physical Feelings - Intellectual Feelings - Spiritual Feelings - Dynamics of Feelings - The Will - The Nervous System - Nervous System of Man - Executive Volition - Primary Volition, or Choice - Dynamics of the Will and the Mind - The Relations of the Systems Here Offered to Prevalent Forms of Philosophy - Index - Contents -

such a notion as that of the infinite perplexes and vexes the mind, simply because it is not the finite, and thus stands opposed to other forms of knowledge, and is excluded from them. Equally is it annoyed with liberty for not yielding to some analogy of necessity, some interpretation drawn from the physical world; for not taking upon itself, in a more subtile way, the iron-bound connections of matter; and with right, because it will insist on being final, and refuses to be merged in any other form of good whatever. To accept a new department so new and so novel as this of mind when contrasted with that of matter as new, to lay aside prepossessions, and to commence again with simple intuitive convictions, the axioms of this field, involve a sore conflict, and the more a conflict in proportion as the inquirer has gained great victories of knowledge in the material world, and dwelt long amid its methods of action. This is probably the gravest of all the obstacles to philosophy, and the more so because it is generally entirely overlooked or forgotten.

Lesson 9 - Specific - 3. Aids to inquiry Language History Physical organs - p.27

3. While the phenomena of mind are to be obtained directly and only directly from the mind itself, there are very important indirect auxiliaries of inquiry. Language is one of the prominent of these aids. Language, as the product of the mind, as the external, visible trace of the mind's movements, reveals of course the forms of its action, and, in the designations of mental phenomena, a part at least of the facts of the interior world. On disputed questions of analysis, also, the spontaneous, general convictions of men are betrayed by the words they use; and a distinct designation is so far proof of the general recognition of a distinct idea. That certain words are always and everywhere floating in popular speech indicates that the thoughts of men find rest in them, something valid, sufficient to steady and sustain the mind as for the moment it lights


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