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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 -


many facts near to each other in one field, as in any portion of history or of science, are more easily held fast than a few. It may be doubted whether a wise progress in knowledge, notwithstanding the rapid multiplication of facts, is not a relief to the memory. One truth unites itself to another, and all are knit together by. so many and so rapidly increasing relations, that we have various approaches to each distinct fact. Nothing is of more moment in reference to its own value than this interior coherence of knowledge, nor in reference to the mastery of the memory over it. Detached facts are like sand. We may fill the hand with it, and firmly grasp it, yet it begins at once to ooze out at every crevice till the palm is left empty. Moisten it, till it coheres in a ball, and the open hand will hold with ease twice the quantity.

Mnemonics, or artificial associations as aids of memory, is not to be commended, as its application is at best limited, and tends to divert attention from those inherent dependencies an observation of which should accompany us everywhere.

Lesson 33 - 5. Imagination - p.142

5. The second faculty belonging to the understanding is that of imagination. By the imagination we mean the power which the mind has of presenting to itself vividly all phenomenal forms. Whatever has assumed, or is capable of assuming, this phenomenal character, whether in the external or internal world, is an object of imagination. A landscape, a melody, a state of consciousness, a character may all be imagined, that is, vividly presented to the mind under their own appropriate forms. As sight is the most full, elaborate and distinct of the senses, giving many particulars, and catting them apart by sharp outlines, the pictures which arise under this form of perception are especially clear and impressive, and hence have given the name imagination to the faculty which paints them, and

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