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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 -

sunk foundations on which the visible structure rests, but are not in the least disclosed in their nature by it. They are the submarine cable, neither declared in its length nor its depth, nor in the mechanical nor electric conditions of its structure, by the messages sent and received at either terminus. To introduce causes into consciousness, that they may be there directly known, is either to assert their supersensual and immaterial character, is to grant the assertion of idealism, "We do know the object, and therefore it is of a nature akin to thought," or it is to break down the fundamental distinction between mental and physical phenomena, affirming that both transpire in consciousness, and that the physical facts of the brain are the spiritual facts of mind. Yet having made this inadmissible concession, we are confronted with the fact, that consciousness does not of itself indicate whether the brain, or the heart, or the bowels, are the seat of thought; whether we see with our fingers or our eyes; and the further fact, that causes, as causes, are never discoverable even in purely physical effects.

The assertion, then, that we cannot directly know things in themselves, follows inevitably from the two assertions: consciousness is the sole field of perceptive knowledge; no material phenomena, as material, can appear in consciousness, interpenetrated, so to speak, by it. Consciousness covers all intellectual knowledge, and excludes all else; lays down a line of demarcation impassable either from within or from without, cutting apart matter and mind. This conclusion we believe all experience confirms, and that no one would have thought of denying it, save under the pressure of certain difficulties to be evaded, and certain conclusions to be reached.

Lesson 22 - 4. Perception and common conviction - p.91

4. How far pure idealism, that professedly knows only mind, is entitled to these assertions which we are

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