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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 -


entirely possible to read intelligibly with no conscious recognition, not only of the meaning of the words, but even of the letters which compose them. One, in moments of abstraction, may find himself at the foot of the page, with no proof of having passed over its contents, except the attention of others, and the point reached by the eye. Such reading, while it progresses, is as involuntary, as purely automatic, as the inhalation of the breath which makes it possible. Nor is the sensible effect of the images present to the eye on the muscles of the throat in guiding and impelling them any more surprising than the declaration each instant, at the nervous centre, of the state of the lungs, and the correlative return of stimulus. Executive volitions, then, are greatly modified by the interplay of voluntary and involuntary action; by the ease with which the second displaces the first, and yet can be restored at option to its former character.

Lesson 96 - 3. Relation of voluntary and involuntary action - p.394

3. That the cerebrum is the exclusive seat of consciousness, or rather, that consciousness is directly associated with its action alone, has become very plain. Yet in one sense it is the most dependent of the nervous ganglia, since the other centres minister to it, furnish its data, and its connections are indirect through them. The great mass of action, the automatic action of the body, is sustained by lower centres, while conscious and voluntary influences alone pass out from the cerebrum. The will-impulse, striking down into this unconscious region, is blind as to the method of its fulfillment, pushing its way tentatively through automatic connections. We will an unusual movement, as the successive separation of the fingers on the hand, or the articulation of a strange sound. "We purpose the result while the means are hidden from us; by some these are hit on at once, by others they are reached with difficulty. There lies below our conscious life a measurably

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