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" Consciousness in this process does not have to be generated de novo in a vast number of places. It exists already, behind the scenes, coeval with the world. "
Human Immortality: Two Supposed Objections to the Doctrine - Page 23
by William James - 1898 - 70 pages
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The Bibliotheca Sacra, Volume 61

Bible - 1904
...Immortality " strives to lend probability to the doctrine of immortality by the theory that consciousness " does not have to be generated, de novo, in a vast number of places. It exists already behind the senses coeval with the world." There is required only a lowering of the threshold to allow of a free...
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Bulletin of the Scientific Laboratories of Denison University, Volume 15

Denison University. Scientific Laboratories - Science - 1910
...genuine realities. The brain might be an independent variable, the mind would vary with it. Consciousness does not have to be generated de novo in a vast number...already, behind the scenes coeval with the world. One 'argument which seems to have more weight with Professor James than he may care to admit, is the...
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Bulletin of the Scientific Laboratories of Denison University, Volumes 15-16

Science - 1910
...independent variable, the mind would van.- with it. Consciousness does not have to be generated de noro in a vast number of places. It exists already, behind the scenes coeval with the world. One argument which seems to have more weight with Professor James than he may care to admit, is the...
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Human immortality, two supposed objections to the doctrine. Repr

William James - 1917
...unimaginable ; but the outer relations, so to speak, of the process encourage our belief. Consciousness in this process does not have to be generated de novo...reckoned a good thing when science and philosophy thus meet.' It puts itself also in touch with the conception of a " threshold," — a word with which, since...
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The New Light on Immortality: Or, The Significance of Psychic Research

John Herman Randall - Parapsychology - 1921 - 174 pages
...of the theory which seem to him to give it superiority over the more familiar theory. Consciousness in this process does not have to be generated de novo...already, behind the scenes, coeval with the world. This theory also puts itself in touch with the conception of a " threshold," a word which, since Fechner...
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William James: His Life and Thought

Gerald Eugene Myers - Biography & Autobiography - 2001 - 628 pages
...transmits consciousness and is not a necessary condition of its existence, James wrote: "Consciousness in this process does not have to be generated de novo...exists already, behind the scenes, coeval with the world."75 Instead of simply identifying consciousness with pure experience, defined as the range of...
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The Innate Capacity : Mysticism, Psychology, and Philosophy: Mysticism ...

Robert K. C. Forman Associate Professor of Religion Hunter College - Religion - 1997 - 264 pages
...competitor. For instance, if the transmissive theory of consciousness is accepted, then consciousness "does not have to be generated de novo in a vast number...of places. It exists already, behind the scenes," intimately connected with this world.38 In this way, the transmissive theory not only avoids "multiplying...
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The Varieties of Religious Experience: Centenary Essays

Michel Ferrari - Religion - 2002 - 149 pages
...par' (James, 1899a, p. 22). But in some ways the transmission theory has an advantage. 'Consciousness in this process does not have to be generated de novo in a vast number of places. It already exists behind the scenes, coeval with the world' (James, 1899a, p. 23). It also accords nicely...
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Magic, Mystery, and Science: The Occult in Western Civilization

Dan Burton, David Grandy - Body, Mind & Spirit - 2004 - 390 pages
...roughly in the way that light is universally available to a prism. As James puts it: "Consciousness in this process does not have to be generated de novo...exists already, behind the scenes, coeval with the world."2^ He proceeds to enumerate several advantages of this alternative outlook, one of which is...
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W. E. B. Du Bois and American Political Thought : Fabianism and the Color ...

Adolph L. Reed Jr. Graduate Faculty of Political Science New School University - Social Science - 1997 - 296 pages
...some principle like spontaneous generation. Instead, James inclined to the belief that consciousness "does not have to be generated de novo in a vast number...already, behind the scenes, coeval with the world." 59 Our capacities for transmitting that wider consciousness vary, and the variation can be explained...
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