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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 -


conservative faculty, to do the theoretical work assigned it. Of the presence and action of such a faculty, we directly know nothing, and find its existence a matter of inference.

If then we confine our attention to actual phenomena of mind, and believe it quite as intelligible that the mind should repeat states in the interim inexistent, as to recall states that have hidden themselves in some region of defunct ghostly impressions, we have only occasion for one, to wit, the reproductive faculty. "What becomes of a thought after we cease to think it, of a feeling after we cease to feel it? From what quarter of the universe do they return to us when recollected? are inquiries whose only gleam of meaning comes to them from material fancies. A power, that should simply hold without being able to recall facts, would be an odd power, a power not powerful enough to show its own existence, an activity too indolent to give the least scintillation wherewith to indicate its whereabouts; a gratuitous and ridiculous faculty.

Lesson 32 - 4. Qualities of memory Kinds of memory - p.136

4. The two qualities of a good memory are said to be strength and quickness. These are thought to be separable, to exist in various degrees in different persons. Is not this conclusion somewhat akin to the double division of the power? and does it not arise from not directing attention exclusively to the action of memory? A strong memory is a quick memory, and a quick memory is so far forth a strong, retentive one. "We sometimes fully recall things which at first we could not remember, the mind struggling with obscure recollections till the facts one by one come to the light. This result is only partially the fruit of memory; it is largely reached by reasoning, by closely questioning the facts that are retained, and making them witnesses for the recovery of the remainder. "When the reflective, philosophical habit of mind predominates, memory may have the appearance of retentiveness without

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