Psychology as a Natural Science Applied to the Solution of Occult Psychic Phenomena

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Porter & Coates, 1889 - Parapsychology - 541 pages
 

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Contents

Gradation of the Primitive Forces in regard to their Retentiveness
21
Like Unites with Like and Similar with Similar
24
Origin of ConsciousnessConception
26
How Far the Other Modes of Stimulation are Capable of Producing
27
Quantitative Relation of Stimuli to the Primitive Forces
29
Perpetual Alternation between Consciousness and Unconsciousness
30
Second Manner in which Consciousness is resuscitated and again ceases to be Consciousness
32
Vivacity of the Primitive Forces and its Influence upon the Process of Transient Consciousness
36
Origin of ConceptsAbstraction
39
Gradation of Concepts ClassificationGeneraliiation
42
The IntellectThe Understanding
46
JudgingJudgment
48
Reciprocal Influence of the Concept and Perception upon eah other during an Act of Judging
49
InferencesSyllogisms
50
Additional Remarks on Judgments and Inferences
53
Summary
55
The Sphere of Conation 23 Explanation of the Term Conation
58
The Primitive Forces are Conative in their Nature
59
Quantitative Relation between the External Stimuli and the Primitive Forces
61
Mental Modifications Originating in Pleasurable Stimulations Result in Desires
64
sires
65
The Act of Desiring is at the Same Time an Act of ConceivingTwo Different Forms of Reproduction of Pleasurable Modifications
67
Similar Desires Coalesce Inclination Propensity Passion
68
Influence of the Qualities of the Primitive Forces Upon the Formation of Desires
69
External Stimuli and Primitive Forces as Mobile Elements
70
Office and Use of the Mobile Elements
73
Strong and Weak Modifications
76
Repugnancies Aversion Repulsion Resistance
78
Repugnancies are Frequently Attended with Pain and are then More Violent than UsualPainful Emotions
81
Similar Aversions Coalesce
82
The Influence of the Quulities of the Primitive Forces upon the Forma tion of Aversions
83
Good and Evil
84
Unlike Mental Modifications Unite into Groups and Series
87
Some Important Series Cause and Effect End and Means
91
To Wish and to Wil1
94
Similar Volitions Coalesce Action
95
The Will of Man
97
Summary
99
During our Waking State there are Always Two or More Mental Modifi cations either Simultaneously or Successively Excited into Conscious ness
102
All Mental Modifications Differ More or Less from Each Other
103
When Two or More Mental Modifications are Present Together in Con sciousness we Immediately Become Conscious of Their Difference Feelings
105
Factors of Feelings
106
Extent of the Feelings Their Freshness or Vividness
109
The Same Mental Process may be Conception Desire and Feeling at the Same Time
111
Feelings of Pleasure and Pain Difference between Sensation Feeling and Perception
112
The Same Stimulation Does not Always Cause the Same Feeling
116
Feelings of the Agreeable of the Beautifu1 and the Sublime Their Proximate Factors
118
The Remote Factors of the Esthetic Feelings
120
Feelings of Strength of the Several Mental Modifications
125
Feelings of Clearness Indistinctness and Obscurity of Conceptions
126
ValuationEstimation of Worth
128
Gradation of Good and Evil
130
Because that Gradation is Conditioned by the Inborn Nature of the Primitive Forces True Valuation
132
Apparent Contradictions False Valuation
135
The Feeling of Strength in Desires and Aversions
137
Maliciousness Wickedness
140
The Sympathetic Nervous System
171
General Sensibility or Common or General Sense of Feeling
174
The Muscular Sense and the Sense of Touch
177
The Sense of Taste and the Sense of Smell
179
The Sense of Hearing
182
The Sense of Sight
183
Stimuli Excitants or External Stimuli
184
The Sensory NerveCentres
187
The Sensory Faculties
190
The Rapidity of Sensorial Action
197
The Acuteness or Sensitiveness of the Primitive Forces
198
The Retentive Power of the Sensorial Forces
200
Conscious Development
204
Various Degrees of Clearness in Conscious Development
206
The Efferent Nerves
211
The White 8ubstance
213
Connection between the Gray and White Substance of the Spinal Axis
215
Function of the Spinal Cord Reflex Actio i
218
Volitions
227
The Feelings
233
Dr L S Beales Protoplasm
237
The Results of Microscopical and Psychological Investigations Com pared Living and Dead
243
Bealo on the Structure and Action of the Nervous Apparatus
247
Psychological Application
252
COMPLEMENTARY INQUIRIES
255
On the Method of he Study of Psychology
265
Consciousness as the Opposite of Unconscious Mental Modifications Reproduction
268
Direction in which the Current of Exdtution Keproductiun Pioneds
271
Attention Tact Productive Activily
277
The Laws of Association
281
Memory Recollection Imagination Kinbildunssvorstellungen
284
Complete or Parial Quiescence in the SoulSleep Dreams
294
Consciousness of Psychological Piocesses which Depends m Special Concepts Internal Senses Inner Perception SelfConsciousness
309
On the Ego
315
Reason and Rationality or Capacity for Reason
319
Instinct
323
Varied Combinations of the Qualities of the Primitive Forces Tem peraments
340
Force and Matter
343
Soul and Body
349
Generation of Fresh Primitive Forces
362
Final and Necessary Separation of Soul from BodyDeath Contin uance of the Soul after Death
370
OCCULT PHENOMENA
379
Sensitivity
380
Musclereading Mindreading Thoughttransference
388
Mesmerism Animal Magnetism Tellurism Hypnotism Siatuvolism
401
Theories Explaining the Mesmeric State
423
Psychological Considerations of the Mesmeric State
428
Consciousness during the Mesmeric State
443
HallucinationsDelusions
467
Rapport between the Operator and the Subject
477
Somnambulism 481
481
Prophecies Second Sight and Retrospection
498
Psychic Action at a Distance Telepathy Telergy the Double Appa ritions
508
Phantasms of the Dead Haunted Houses
525
Spiritualistic Phenomena
531
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Page 203 - Daran erkenn ich den gelehrten 'Herrn ! Was ihr nicht tastet, steht euch meilenfern, Was ihr nicht faßt, das fehlt euch ganz und gar, Was ihr nicht rechnet, glaubt ihr, sei nicht wahr, Was ihr nicht wägt, hat für euch kein Gewicht, Was ihr nicht münzt, das, meint ihr, gelte nicht.
Page 26 - When he first saw, he was so far from making any judgment about distances, that he thought all objects whatever touched his eyes (as he express'd it) as what he felt did his skin...
Page 27 - One particular only, though it may appear trifling, I will relate. Having often forgot which was the cat and which the dog, he was ashamed to ask, but catching the cat, which he knew by feeling, he was observed to look at her steadfastly, and then setting her down said, so puss, I shall know you another time.
Page 18 - The evidence on this point shows that the mind frequently contains whole systems of knowledge, which, though in our normal state they have faded into absolute oblivion, may, in certain abnormal states, as madness, febrile delirium, somnambulism, catalepsy, etc.., flash out into luminous consciousness, and even throw into the shade of unconsciousness those other systems by which they had, for a long period, been eclipsed, and even extinguished.
Page 500 - ... the text of their features. For a long time I held such visions as delusions of the fancy, and the more so as they showed me even the dress and motions of the actors, rooms, furniture, and other accessories.
Page 500 - It has happened to me sometimes on my first meeting with strangers, as I listened silently to their discourse, that their former life, with many trifling circumstances therewith connected, or frequently some particular scene in that life, has passed quite involuntarily, and, as it were, dream-like, vet perfectly distinct before me.
Page 414 - They are next instructed to throw their mind to some familiar place — it matters not where, so that they have been there before and seem desirous of going there again, even in thought. When they have thrown the mind to the place, or upon the desired object, I endeavor, by speaking to them frequently, to keep their mind upon it, viz.
Page 27 - He knew not the shape of anything, nor any one thing from another, however different in shape or magnitude; but upon being told what things were, whose form he before knew from feeling, he would carefully observe, that he might know them again; but having too many objects to learn at once, he forgot many of them; and (as he said) at first learned to know, and again forgot a thousand things in a day.
Page 203 - By that, I know the learned lord you are ! What you don't touch, is lying leagues afar ; What you don't grasp, is wholly lost to you ; What you don't reckon, think you, can't be true ; What you don't weigh, it has no weight, alas ! What you don't coin, you 're sure it will not pass.
Page 19 - ... consciousness, and even throw into the shade of unconsciousness those other systems by which they had, for a long period, been eclipsed, and even extinguished. For example, there are cases in which the extinct memory of whole languages was suddenly restored, and, what is even still more remarkable, in which the faculty was exhibited of accurately repeating, in known or unknown tongues, passages which were never within the grasp of conscious memory in the normal state.

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