Conscíence

Paperback | February 12, 2012

byGeorge Winston Reid

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. CONSCIOUSNESS, OE THE SCIENCE OJ? PSYCHOLOGY. Psychology has been defined "as the ' description and explanation of states of consciousness as such.' By states of consciousness are meant such things as sensations, desires, emotions, cognitions, reasonings, decisions, volitions, and the like. Their 'explanation ' must of course include the study of their causes, conditions, and immediate consequences, so far as these can be ascertained." 1 "The existence and activity of the human Nervous System is the general physical condition of all those mental states which can become data for psychological science." 2 "The bald fact is that when the brain acts, a thought occurs." 3 Likewise, when the brain acts, heat appears. Philosophy seeks the significance of this similar relation of consciousness and of heat to the brain. Does the primordial substance heat, the energy of the physical universe and the life force of the organic world, possess the property of consciousness, of rationality? The consciousness of organisms on the earth consists in a personal, inward and limited feeling of the 1 James, Psychology. 2 Ladd, Psychology. 3 James, Principles of Psychology. world. Consciousness defies description, but every sentient being knows from his own experience the nature of consciousness, which is considered by all beings as a reality, whether the outer world of matter is considered real or not. But this inner consciousness depends upon the external, material world for its own existence, and has outer Nature as its object of contemplation. "To Be is the unsolved, unsolvable wonder. To Be, in its two connections of inward and outward, the mind and nature. The wonder subsists, and age, though of eternity, could not approach a solution. But the suggestion is alway...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. CONSCIOUSNESS, OE THE SCIENCE OJ? PSYCHOLOGY. Psychology has been defined "as the ' description and explanation of s...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217195474

ISBN - 13:9780217195478

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