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Science of Mind

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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 -

Resemblance is a specific form of connection, not so relation. If relation expressed any intuition, it would express a large bundle of them. Moreover, other regulative ideas involve in different forms this idea of relation, and can not maintain their integrity without it. Resemblance, causation, liberty are specific relations; number, time, space, include many relations. Hence we must regard relation as a generalization, whose various concrete forms are found in other regulative ideas, and the combinations of phenomena under them. An intuition always involves the essential unity or simplicity of the idea, as that of time; a generalization involves the variety of the quality or relation, like that of sweetness or of usefulness.

16. An effort is made by empirical philosophy with increasing distinctness to strengthen by inheritance the processes by which it supposes the general mind to have reached among its convictions those expressed as intuitive truths. Especially is it thought that the necessity that is attributed to these ideas is to be explained in this way. Fundamental convictions once reached by the mind are passed over, confirmed and enlarged by .descent, till they assume an instinctive, intuitive character. Spencer, in his Data of Ethics, enforces this view in explanation of the right. A sense of obligation is due to "preferences and aversions rendered organic by inheritance." "The intuitions of a moral faculty are the slowly organized results of experience received by the race while living in presence of the conditions of the highest life."

To this opinion there are plain and decisive objections. (1) Knowledge proper, clear mental conviction, does not pass by inheritance. The father does not transmit to his son his skill even, much less his mental acquisitions. Knowledge which is of the nature of training, which has a large physical element, and is closely associated with instinct,

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