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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 -


primitive idea, and are the elements of a purely intuitive science. The most marked of those secondary conceptions is that of position. It is to be entirely distinguished from an infinitesimal body; as the infinite of the metaphysician wholly transcends the infinite of the mathematician. Position is not arrived at by the futile sub-divisions of the fancy, is not the result of the dogma of divisibility. There is here absolutely no length nor breadth, and the idea is reached directly by the grasp of the reason. The imagination may falter in struggling by additions to reach the infinite, and by subtractions to arrive at pure position; but the reason easily and at once accepts both notions, and rids them of those measurable parts by which the imagination baffles itself in the pursuit. Position is absolutely without measurements, and hence without parts; the infinite is absolutely beyond measurements, and hence also without parts. There is no whole, therefore no division of that whole.

Lesson 48 - 6. Consciousness - p.201

6. The ideas of existence, number and resemblance belong equally to physical and mental facts. Space, on the the other hand, is the peculiar formative idea of physical phenomena alone; while the idea we have now to offer, that of consciousness, is the exclusive characteristic of mental experiences. There has been no debate concerning this idea, because it has not been presented as belonging to this department of our intellectual furniture. If, however, it shall appear that consciousness exists as a form rather than as a substance or quality, that it is therefore directly arrived at by the mind, and also that it furnishes the distinctive feature of a class of phenomena, the transcendent predicate of a series of judgments, it will be plain that it belongs properly to the class of regulative notions. Consciousness is often spoken of as if it were a faculty, a form of knowing; yet a little thought at once shows that it is not. I see a ball. I say in farther enforcement, I know that I see it. This language

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