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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 -


than every other, it is this affirmation, that every peristaltic motion of the intestines is a phenomenon of mind. So one mind at least classifies its activities.

Lesson 14 - 8. Intelligence and consciousness - p.46.

8. There has been developed in recent philosophy, especially in Germany, an increasing disposition to extend intelligence, as a state or energy, to all forms of activity that manifest intelligence, and thus to confuse the physical acts with the mental energies from which they proceed. The strength with which the conviction has taken possession of philosophy, that certain physical states are the equivalents of certain mental ones, is very great. We must, therefore, meet it in its various forms of assertion, since the phenomena of mind cannot be profitably discussed till their independent primary character is established, and their limits laid down. A bold, firm line of division between the physical and the intellectual realms is a cardinal necessity. J. J. Murphy, in a work on Habit and Intelligence, presents this phase of opinion under which intelligence blends with and is lost in the physical. Sensation and thought are regarded by him as in their own nature unconscious; consciousness is quite a secondary phenomenon. "So far from consciousness being necessary to intelligence, unconscious intelligence is the rule, and conscious intelligence the exception. Intelligence presides over, as an indwelling power, all vital action formative, motor, mental and is as significant a term in one portion as another of the vital process."* The author does not mean by this that a conscious Divine Intelligence orders the organic process, but an unconscious constructive intelligence. There is, by figure of speech, intelligence in the steam-engine, but it is the intelligence of the machinist. This view implies something more, it identifies intelligence with physical organic processes; or with some inherent unconscious force that is

* Consult the earlier chapters of the second volume.

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