Natural Causes and Supernatural Seemings

Paperback | January 7, 2012

byHenry Maudsley

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This historic 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. 1897. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. THE NATURAL DEFECTS AND ERRORS OF OBSERVATION AND REASONING-- Continued. § Causes of Erroneous Observation. SO many and great errors and evils having flowed from bad observation and reasoning, it is natural to ask how it comes to pass that man observes and reasons so badly when his business is to observe and reason. Because he is a limited being with very limited capacities, while that which he has to observe and reason about is unlimited. Observation being the organic construction of an internal order of mind in conformity with the external order of nature, it is a process of mental organization, to be perfected only by degrees, not an instantaneous mental photography. Had the order of nature been entirely objective men might have found it all out ere now, since they would have had nothing more to do than to reflect it in mental image; had it been purely subjective they might have had equal success, since they would have had nothing to do but look inwardly and make a transcription of what they saw there; but because it required the joint action of the within and the without in a slow process of organic development, nothing less than the patient construction of a mental fabric, it was impossible the knowledge of it should come otherwise than by minute increments slowly made and fixed through the ages. It is in the dreams of millenniummakers only that the growths of knowledge need not their appointed times and seasons. In any case it was not possible men should observe that which was beyond the reach of sense: whether, for example, because the phenomena were outside the range of vision by reason of their immense-distances, as it was with the heavenly bodies before the invention of the telescope; or equally inaccessible by reason of their...

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This historic 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. 1897. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. THE NATURAL DEFECTS AND ERRORS OF OBSERVATION AND REASONING-- Continued. § Causes of Erroneous Observation. SO m...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.25 inPublished:January 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217517021

ISBN - 13:9780217517027

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