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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 -


the brain-tissue under the previous pattern, with exactly the previous action.

It may be thought that the senses, as sight, show a like complexity in the molecular changes by which facts are indicated to tin- mind. In this analogical example several things are overlooked. There has been a very protracted and complicated development of each special organ of sense for this very purpose, the registration of external causes. Just hero lies the widest difference between perception and pure thought.

M in the senses each impression, though complex in itself, gives a clear field for the next impression. It exists only so long as an external cause sustains it, and wholly disappears in making way for another. If we press the organ beyond these limits, as the eye by the rapid motion of the spokes of a wheel, its power of discrimination is lost. If we search this analogy, thoroughly, therefore, as we must to make it an argument, it tends to the opposite conclusion, that there are no definite lines of causation other than those manifestly laid down in the senses. The senses, also, work by discontinuance not by continuity. To make the analogy applicable, the eye should not merely see the new thing, but retain all previous things.

Lesson 15 - 9. Dependence of the Mind on the Brain - p.56

9. We need to understand more definitely the relation of the mind to its immediate instrument, the" cerebrum, as a means of determining the proper character of mental phenomena, and their degree of independence. The mind and the brain are reciprocally dependent on each other, the states and activities of the one affecting the states and activities of the other. We may represent this relation by that of two wheels which press each other at their circumferences, and so, in their revolutions, mutually impel each other. The moving force may be transferred from one to the other, but expends itself in either case in the revolution

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