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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 sense is one of perception rather than sensation. A difference between sensation and perception is found in the direction of the lines of activity; in sensation it is inward, in perception it is outward. Sensations are converted into perceptions by making their data a subject of analysis and of inference. As the reflective element gains ground, the filling is obscured, and the particular sense becomes the inlet of knowledge. Perceptions then are sensations transformed into terms of knowledge by the mind that lies back of them. Hamilton's statement, that perception is inversely as the sensation, if not mathematically true, is proxirnately correct.

Lesson 21 - 3. What do we see? - p.82.

3. Taking the eye as the type of the intellectual senses, we ask, What do we see? Most multiform and perplexed have been the answers to this question, and most fatal, and, to the common understanding, preposterous have been the conclusions drawn from them. It is no part of our purpose to dwell on these either by exposition or refutation; but rather to state what we regard as the just view, and with passing indications of its bearings to leave this to displace them. The nature of this view, and therefore its grounds, are so much involved in our idea of the intuitive action of the mind as to turn upon this fundamental feature of philosophy. The full reasons of our conclusions cannot therefore at once be spread out, but will be slowly made up as we present the entire furniture and action of the mind. The separate parts of our structure can show neither their strength nor fitness till the survey of the whole is finished.

In the first place, the eye as an organ of perception deals with color, the ear with sound. The sources of these colors and sounds are known only inferentially. It is a necessary belief, arising under the notion of causation, that these organs can become means of cognition only through


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