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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 -


Lesson 61 - 1 . Growth of mind - p.268

1. WE are to speak in this chapter of the growth and interaction of the intellectual powers, of the dynamic states of the mind. The Intuitive Philosophy has been censured, not without reason, by the Sensualistic School for contemplating the mind only in its maturity, with no sufficient allowance for the results of previous conditions upon it, for the effects of growth. This criticism we so far respect as to find a conspicuous place for truths which have been chiefly urged by such men as Spencer and Bain, always shaping them, however, to a new position and purpose. We are not prepared to admit any hereditary influences which vary the fundamental conditions of the problem of our intellectual nature. The varieties of character, the growth of national and race distinctions, find explanation here; but no sufficient proof has yet been given to establish, or even to render probable, the transformation of species by the accumulated changes of descent, with no increments of power. The past is not equivalent to the present. We must still regard each normal individual as the type of the race in its essential features; nor are we ready to look upon any one of these faculties as the product of simply external conditions, the sum of growing, hereditary tendencies.

When, on the other hand, we contrast the infant with the mature man, it must, we think, be admitted that the complete activity of the latter, is very different from the tentative, partial movement of the former. It is to this development

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