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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 -


of various and complete life, a power which they nowhere else exhibit? We explain the action within the chemist's retort by the chemical properties of the material present, but the retort itself, the application of the heat, the proportion of the ingredients, the experiment as an experiment, must find a solution in a new, an intelligent agency. Account as we will for changes that go on in the blood, that there should be veins, arteries, such a fluid as the blood, and the needed combination of powers to propel it; these and like adaptations which make up the living agent meet with no explanation in simple, molecular forces. Yet these forces always and everywhere intervene between the inscrutable agent and the phenomenal result. Under a phenomenal form, they are the second facts which lie back of the first the massive product. Molecular movement is to the living structure, what the mechanical transfer of stone and timber is to the edifice. Many of the changes by which the animal structure is built up and renewed take place locally, by an action there instituted. But as the parts of the body are reciprocally interdependent, the changes of one part must be correlated and exactly harmonized with the wants of other parts. This transfer of vital sympathy is affected by the nervous system.

Lesson 88 - 3. Parts of a nervous system - p.373

3. The essential parts of a nervous system are nerves and a nerve centre or ganglion. It is the office of the nerves to carry stimuli to and from the ganglia. It is the office of ganglia to receive stimuli, and to redirect them so as to secure fitting, harmonious action. These two portions of a nervous system are distinct in structure and color. The nerves are white and fibrous, the dispersive portion of the ganglia is gray and vesicular. The gray centres are usually enclosed in the white matter. Nerves convey impressions in two directions, and are hence termed afferent and efferent. They also convey two kinds of stimuli, or

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