A Theory of the Mechanism of Survival

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 92 pages
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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. 1920 Excerpt: ...every conceivable method must be based on the assumption that the properties of matter are invariable. But these seem to be functions of the properties of ether and since the solar system is certainly, and the whole universe probably, moving through ether-filled space, this means that our methods of time measurement must ultimately be based on the assumption that the ether is homogeneous. Very probably it is; but there is no reason why it should be--on a priori grounds. Now M. Bergson has been at pains to discriminate between this time "of succession" which we know and true time--the time "of duration." His view, as I understand it, is that the succession of events or "spatial simultaneities" by which we measure time no more is time than the succession of marks on a foot-rule is the material which we measure with it. What we actually experience as time does not necessarily correspond with the spatial recurrences which measure it. We all of us say, when we are bored, that " the time passed slowly" or, when we are happy and amused, that "the time flew" and although this may appear at first sight to be no more than a loose way of speaking I think that there is more in it than that. It is here, in fact, that we find what I can only call a " check" on the measurement of time. It is the apprehension of something capable of undergoing change, of Psychic states to wit, whose changes are yet totally independent of the spatial changes by which we ordinarily measure time. A man who is hanging by a frayed rope over a precipice waiting for someone to come and rescue him might very likely say that " It seemed hours " although it might really have been no more than a very few minutes. Yet in one sense h...

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