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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 -


in his work on Habit and Intelligence, has united consciousness to feeling, and made it and sensation species under that generic term. The conclusion is on the opposite side to that of Hamilton, but no better than his; since consciousness belongs equally to thoughts and feelings. Others figure consciousness under the image of an internal light. This is virtually to decline the inquiry, What is it? since the illustration can reflect no explanation on this point. Others speak of consciousness as that power by which we refer acts to ourselves. This is to let the eye wander altogether from the subject, since the explanation overlooks the facts to be explained. Consciousness has also been divided into common consciousness and philosophical consciousness, and into consciousness and self-consciousness. These are divisions which pertain to the phenomena in consciousness and not to consciousness itself.

It occasions confusion in some minds that consciousness should be spoken of as an intuitive idea, when it is obviously something more and other than an idea. The language merely indicates the manner in which the mind arrives at the relation expressed by consciousness. In the same way we speak of space as an idea, and of a landscape as a perception, and of a general term as a conception. A man may have an idea of himself, that is be an idea to himself; yet he is something more than an idea. The recognition of consciousness as a distinct category cuts apart physical and mental facts with the deepest possible division. They lie in two incommensurable and incomparable realms, that can never overlap each other.

Lesson 49 - 7. Time - p.204

7. We now pass to time, a regulative idea, like that of space, which has attracted much attention as obviously open to a super-sensual reference. It is the idea which unites all events, whether physical or mental. The sensations occasioned by phenomena into which the idea of time most

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