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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 -

there be any, is unperceived. A local substance perfectly penetrable, yet having odor, color, and flavor, would doubtless be regarded by us as matter.

Lesson 28 - 10. Consciousness as a source of knowledge - p.123

10. Consciousness, or the inner sense, the remaining means of a direct knowledge of phenomena, requires but brief notice. Our chief difficulty in conceiving this source of knowledge, and in speaking of it, is found in the language we are compelled to employ, and the confusion already occasioned by it. Self-consciousness, or consciousness, or the inner sense, is not a method of the mind's action, is not a faculty of perception. These words are used by us simply to express the fact that the mind knows what it does; that its states, acts, experiences, are necessarily open to itself, not by any direct effort of attention on its part, but by virtue of the very fact that they are its own states. We cannot readily speak of this knowledge which the mind has of its own phases of activity without seeming to imply more than we intend; to imply an explicit form, or faculty, or means of knowing. What we wish to draw attention to, as a second source of phenomenal matter, is the familiarity of the mind with its own thoughts, feelings, volitions; and hence its power through memory to make them objects of attention, analysis, inquiry. By these processes primarily is philosophy established, the phenomena of mind separated' into their elements, and the laws of their combination discovered. Consciousness furnishes only the bare data of mental facts, the perceptions or thoughts present, and is not in the least responsible for their accuracy. Its verity is only involved in rendering them as they are, that is, as they lie in the mind. Whether we perceive what we think we perceive, whether we know what we think we know, that is, the objective justness of our mental action, these are quite different inquiries. The subjective state is all that is revealed in consciousness, and this is


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