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" Men mistook the order of their ideas for the order of nature, and hence imagined that the control which they have, or seem to have, over their thoughts, permitted them to exercise a corresponding control over things. "
Totem and Taboo: Resemblances Between the Psychic Lives of Savages and Neurotics - Page 138
by Sigmund Freud - 1919 - 268 pages
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Lectures on the Early History of the Kingship

Sir James George Frazer - Kings and rulers - 1905 - 309 pages
...magicians or medicine-men : logically, it rests on a mistaken deduction from the association of ideas. Men mistook the order of their ideas for the order...seem to have, over their thoughts, permitted them to exercise a corresponding control over things. The men who for one reason or another, on the ground...
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Pueblo Gods and Myths

Hamilton A. Tyler - Social Science - 1964 - 313 pages
...environment and, as Tylor phrased it, in doing so he mistook "an ideal connection for a real one." Or again, "men mistook the order of their ideas for the order...them to have a corresponding control over things." The dynamism of magic is the wish of any man. The infant is faced with a similar dilemma. The young...
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Totem and Taboo: Some Points of Agreement Between the Mental Lives of ...

Sigmund Freud - Psychology - 1950 - 172 pages
...mistaking an ideal connection for a real one. Frazer (191 10, 1, 420) has put it almost in the same words: 'Men mistook the order of their ideas for the order...seem to have, over their thoughts, permitted them to exercise a corresponding control over things.' We shall at first be surprised to learn that this illuminating...
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Narcissistic Process and Corporate Decay: The Theory of the Organizational Ideal

Howard S. Schwartz - Business & Economics - 1992 - 166 pages
One of the longest-standing and most intractable problems in contemporary international politics, the Cyprus question continues to plague the international community. Isle of ...
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Handbook of Semiotics

Winfried Nöth - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1995 - 576 pages
...1977a: 65). Frazer, for example, evaluated this semantic anomaly as follows (quoted by Freud 1913: 83): "Men mistook the order of their ideas for the order...seem to have, over their thoughts, permitted them to exercise a corresponding control over things." In contradistinction to normal communication, where...
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Symbols and Artifacts: Views of the Corporate Landscape

Pasquale Gagliardi - Business & Economics - 428 pages
...observations and to show what it involves. On magic, Freud (1938) quotes JG Frazer to the following effect: Men mistook the order of their ideas for the order...permitted them to have a corresponding control over things (p. 871). He adds that the instrumental factor, the factor that leads primitives to believe that they...
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Terminal Identity: The Virtual Subject in Postmodern Science Fiction

Scott Bukatman - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 404 pages
...omnipotence of thoughts. In Totem and Taboo, Freud quotes Frazer's The Golden Bough on the subject of magic: "Men mistook the order of their ideas for the order...seem to have, over their thoughts, permitted them to exercise a corresponding control over things." For Freud, there is at the heart of magic a desire to...
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Feuerbach and the Interpretation of Religion

Van A. Harvey - Biography & Autobiography - 1997 - 319 pages
...suggestion by JG Frazer. In attempting to explain the origins of magic, Frazer had written that human beings mistook the order of their ideas for the order of nature and so believed that by controlling their ideas they could also control things. Freud reasoned that Frazer's...
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Freud and the Institution of Psychoanalytic Knowledge

Sarah Winter - Psychology - 1999 - 385 pages
...beliefs, and institutions. He points to the inadequacy of Frazer's account of the origin of animism, that "men mistook the order of their ideas for the order...seem to have, over their thoughts, permitted them to exercise a corresponding control over things."84 For Frazer, the mistake is on the level of knowledge;...
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Northrop Frye on Myth

Ford Russell - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 245 pages
...of Thoughts," he quotes Frazer's description of the process of thinking in magic as "men mistaking the order of their ideas for the order of nature, and hence imagining that the control which they have, or seem to have, over their thoughts, permits them to exercise...
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