Matter and Spirit: A Study of Mind and Body in Their Relation to the Spiritual Life

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Macmillan, 1922 - Dualism - 230 pages
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Page 170 - The One remains, the many change and pass; Heaven's light forever shines, Earth's shadows fly; Life, like a dome of many-colored glass, Stains the white radiance of Eternity, Until Death tramples it to fragments.
Page 163 - There's no use trying," she said: "one ca'n't believe impossible things." "I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
Page 79 - In other words, no possible number of entities (call them as you like, whether forces, material particles, or mental elements) can sum themselves together. Each remains, in the sum, what it always was; and the sum itself exists only for a bystander who happens to overlook the units and to apprehend the sum as such; or else it exists in the shape of some other effect on an entity external to the sum itself. When H, and O are said to combine into ' water,' and thenceforward to exhibit new properties,...
Page 79 - Where the elemental units are supposed to be feelings, the case is in no wise altered. Take a hundred of them, shuffle them and pack them as close together as you can (whatever that may mean) ; still each remains the same feeling it always was, shut in its own skin, windowless, ignorant of what the other feelings are and mean. There would be a hundred-and-first feeling there, if, when a group or series of such feelings were set up, a consciousness belonging to the group as such should emerge, and...
Page 163 - I can't believe THAT!' said Alice. 'Can't you?' the Queen said in a pitying tone. 'Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.
Page 180 - ... the capacity of producing, in response to certain physical stimuli (the sensory processes of the brain), the whole range of sensation qualities in their whole range of intensities; (2) the capacity of responding to certain sensation-complexes with the production of meanings, as, for example, spatial meanings; (3) the capacity of responding to these sensations and these meanings with feeling and conation or effort, under the spur of which further meanings may be brought to consciousness in accordance...
Page 180 - ... spatial meanings ; (3) the capacity of responding to these sensations and these meanings with feeling and conation or effort, under the spur of which further meanings may be brought to consciousness in accordance with the laws of reproduction of similars and of reasoning ; (4) the capacity of reacting upon the brain-processes to modify their course in a way which we cannot clearly define, but which we may provisionally conceive as a process of guidance by which streams of nervous energy may be...
Page 190 - A belief in organic evolution which does not extend unreservedly to the way in which the subject of experience is thought of, and which does not strive to bring the entire theory of experience and knowing into line with biological and social facts, is hardly more than Pickwickian. There are many, for example, who hold that dreams, hallucinations, and errors cannot be accounted for at all except on the theory that a self (or 'consciousness') exercises a modifying influence upon the 'real object.
Page 88 - Consciousness," 319. animation, that this conclusion was inevitable. For plainly no one who holds to the universality of mechanical law can consistently maintain the efficiency of consciousness. If non-purposeful, non-logical, non-aesthetic laws absolutely and alone control human behavior, then purposeful, logical, aesthetic laws do not control it and are incapable of influencing it. One cannot eat one's cake and keep it too. The necessity of giving up the efficacy of consciousness need not be fatal...
Page 229 - But thou shalt find another, from the Lake of Memory — cold water flowing forth, and there are guardians before it. Say: 'I am a child of Earth and of Starry Heaven; but my race is of Heaven (alone).

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