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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 -

monocular action, and transfers it, with corresponding increase of dimensions, to the distance implied in the picture itself. It can then unite with the impression furnished by the other eye, and the two blend into one view. The monocular character of the effort is plain from the fact that, when we fail to harmonize the two images, vision through one eye still produces the desired illusion. Still farther, the axes of vision in the eyes are made less convergent, as when directed to distant objects. To aid the construction, the two images are taken from slightly removed positions, thereby, in reference to the foreground, giving the same readjustment of objects in position as that which belongs to double vision. This advantage is, however, immaterial, except in connection with near objects. The lenses or mirrors introduced into the stereoscope do not alter the principle; they still leave the eyes to do independently their constructive work, and to identify the images they have removed into the distance.

Lesson 26 - 8. Importance of perception History - p.107

8. Perception is a peculiarly interesting portion of psychology. Lying at the commencement of the study, it imposes upon us at once a most difficult case of analysis; the results we reach go far to settle the relations of mind and matter to each other; we have need to determine the full circle of mental powers and put them all in operation in laying these foundations of certain knowledge; the automatic action of the mind, and its successive stages of growth require immediate recognition; while historically many questions of philosophy have been settled at this point.

Perception, in its broad meaning, includes the physical conditions furnished by the senses, with their nervous connections; the states or actions of mind directly incident thereto; the nature of the dependence of these states on those conditions; the extent to which the first activity of mind is enlarged by experience; and the character and the

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