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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 -


those first convictions of necessary truths, which have been confirmed by descent? We are to remember that descent obscures rather than makes clear the rational element, these earlier insights, therefore, must have been as bright as the morning light, and are still to be explained.

(4) Farther, these intuitions are now with us as insights, not as instincts. They express mental powers, not organic processes. The truths of morals, the axioms of mathematics, indicate the clearest and most decided action of the intellect. It is strange that these latest convictions should be likened to the organic impulse with which a bee builds its comb.

(5) These higher truths also, as those of mathematics, have not been with the race to be confirmed by descent. They have come late and suddenly, and have come with full force.

(6) Nor does uniform, empirical truth gather by inheritance this sense of necessity. The world would still be perfectly willing to find a white crow.

Lesson 59 - 17. Grouped in their relations - p.263

17. The twelve ideas now presented are capable of being grouped in various ways. Space and consciousness are the two diverse and complementary fields in which all phenomena occur. The higher plane has, as ideas peculiar to itself, consciousness, spontaneity, truth, right. The only ideas peculiar to physical events are space, and cause and effect. The infinite, on the other hand, is an idea that keeps aloof from the phenomenal, comes in only to comprehend the finite, and, in its personal form, to give the investigations of the mind a final goal, one from which they may start, and to which they may return.

Existence finds its chief significance in its resemblances; space, in its numerical relations; time, in the causal sequence of events. The first couplet gives us the facts of being, and their character; the second, the most abstract

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