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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 the introduction of new terms by memory, by following out logical relations, or by altering external conditions. But the full sweep of its government, embracing long periods is found in shaping distinct lines of inquiry and of action, and in adjusting circumstances to their accomplishment. The whole stream of experience may thus be turned into new channels.

Lesson 65 - 5. Difference of endowment in man and in the animal - p.296

5. The last point on which we have occasion to speak under the dynamics of the intellect is the difference in mental endowments between the brute and man. We are necessarily somewhat theoretical . in handling a subject so much beyond direct knowledge; but trust our theory will commend itself as the simplest explanation of the facts, with the least assumption and the fewest forces. There seems to be no proof, that any animal, the most sagacious, possesses any intuitive ideas, and consequently that it forms any judgments properly so-called. There is no conscious estimate of the value and bearings of sensations, no classification of them inductively, no conclusion deductively drawn from the premises as such. Sensation, perception, memory and imagination evidently belong to the higher animals, and by these faculties, we believe, all the intellectual phenomena they present can be readily explained, while the ascription of fuller powers than these to them brings difficulties which cannot be easily met. To those who doubt the possibility of presenting the appearance of reasoning processes with these limited and elementary powers, we would commend the works of Bain, and kindred philosophers, who, with patient and adroit analysis, think themselves successful in resolving the phenomena of mind, in their most exalted forms, into the play of sensations and perceptions. They at least render this service to true philosophy, of enabling us to explain brute life, without elevating it in gifts to a rational platform. Those who do not

 

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