Immortality; Four Sermons Preached Before The University Of Cambridge, Being The Hulsean Lectures…

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byJohn James Stewart Perowne

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1869. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX. Lecture I. p. 11. Note A. SINCE writing this Lecture, I have read Professor Tyndall's Address delivered by him as President of the Mathematical and Physical Science Section of the British Association at their Meeting in Norwich last year. A passage in that address, which amply confirms all that I have said on the relation of the brain to thought, I here subjoin: " Associated with this wonderful mechanism of the animal body, we have phenomena no less certain than those of physics, but between which and the mechanism we discern no necessary connexion. A man, for example can say, / feel, I think, I love; but how does consciousness infuse itself into the problem? The human brain is said to be the organ of thought and feeling: when we are hurt, the brain feels it; when we ponder, it is the brain that thinks; when our passions or affections are excited, it is through the instrumentality of the brain. Let us endeavour to be a little more precise here. I hardly imagine that any profound scientific thinker, who has reflected upon the subject, exists, who would not admit the extreme probability of the hypothesis, that for every fact of consciousness, whether in the domain of sense, of thought, or of emotion, a certain definite molecular condition is set up in the brain; that this relation of physics to consciousness is invariable; so that given the state of the brain, the corresponding thought or feeling might be inferred; or given the thought or feeling, the corresponding state of the brain might be inferred ? But how inferred? It is at bottom not a case of logical inference at all, but of empirical association. You may reply that many of the inferences of science are of this character, the inference for example that an electric current of a given direction will deflect a magnetic ...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1869. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX. Lecture I. p. 11. Note A. SINCE writing this Lecture, I have read Professor Tyndall's Address delivered by him as President of the Mathematical ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:January 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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