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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 -


previous to the sickness. Remote events may be with distinctness, while those of intervening years are wiped away. When memory is restored, its power returns in the reverse order. The more remote events are first recalled. A simple waste of tissue would seem to be liable to interfere with one set of relations as quickly as with another. The law of mind, however, that the power to retain impressions is proportioned to their first strength and to their reiteration seems to hold in this method of restoration. These facts go to show that physiology is not prepared, I will not say to offer an explanation of the phenomena of memory, but even to point out with certainty and fulness the changes in the brain coincident with the changes of this power. A general dependence of all our powers on the vigor of this, their common instrument, is the brief summation of its knowledge. Language like the following, conveys no intelligible idea: "All that has so far been said respecting the different nervous centres of the body cannot fail to demonstrate the existence of memory in the nervous cells which lie scattered in the heart, in the intestinal walls, in those that are collected together in the spinal cord, in the cells of the sensory and motor ganglia, and in the ideational cells of the cortical layers of the cerebral hemispheres." Maudsley's Physiology and Pathology of the Mind, p. 182.

What a famous stroke of explication "ideational cells!" What a liberal distribution of recollection from the sole of one's feet to the crown of his head! Surely forgetfulness is inexcusable under such endowments.

Lesson 30 - 2. Theories of memory Hamilton's theory - p.128

2. There are other theories of memory not so crude as these physiological ones, yet as deficient in proof, and resting back almost equally though somewhat more subtly on physical analogies. Of this character is that one elaborately and repeatedly enforced by Hamilton. He affirms "that

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