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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 -

great evil of metaphysics, a perpetually shifting nomenclature. The sense includes two, and quite diverse sources of knowledge; the power of perception and the immediate cognizance which the mind has of its own states. Under an image, but very partially applicable, they may be spoken of as the outer and inner eye of the intellect.

Lesson 20 - 2. The Senses Perception - p.80

2. In perception we shall not, as is usually done, include all the senses. A portion of these seem primarily avenues of feelings rather than of percepts. When the sensation is manifest, lying in the organ, and contemplated there as an occasion of pleasure or displeasure, the sense is evidently one of feeling rather than of knowing. Though we may make the peculiar character of the odor or of the taste a ground of inference as to its source, and thus of knowledge, this fact does not destroy its primary connection with the feelings. Nor is the fact that an odor, a flavor are, as it were, a form of knowing, a knowing that cannot be otherwise arrived at, a ground of classifying these sensations with the intellectual faculties; since the same is true of love, sympathy, anger. The perplexity arises, as has been already intimated, from the fact that every feeling involves consciousness, and to know a thing and to be conscious of a thing are constantly used as interchangeable expressions. As consciousness belongs necessarily to thought, feeling and volition, it is not in this common condition of their existence that their differences are to be looked for; but in the nature of that existence, consciousness being conceded. All, then, that abides in the organ as a distinct, local sensation, an incipient, or a positive pain or pleasure, is a matter of feeling rather than of perception, and should be classified as a portion of our emotional nature. With this distinction in view, we have but two unmistakable organs of perception, the eye and the ear. Even these, under certain conditions, may give rise to sensations.

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