The Alpha; A Revelation, But No Mystery

The Alpha; A Revelation, But No Mystery

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...to draw from it will not hold. A slight alteration will render it analogous: but then, instead of proving your case, it will prove mine. Let the Writing represent Mind (which it does, literally): and call the Parchment with its Writinga "Deed" then, by destroying the Deed, you destroy the Writing, or by destroying the Writing you destroy the Deed; for (though the Deed cannot for legal purposes exist except in connexion with the Parchment) the Writing is the Deed, and the Deed is the Writing. Moreover, the Writing, which is MIND (materialized), is also the (materialized) Record, Memorial, or MEMORY of the Contract which is the subject-matter of the Deed. This Book is Mind-; but it is also a Memory. Now, abstracting from your idea of the Book the material of the Book, or from your idea of the "Deed" the material of the Deed, the case is exactly analogous with Mind and Memory in man. They are two names for one thing. C1vIL1s. I believe, Randolph, you are right: at all events, I am confounded by my own simile, if not confuted, and I yield the point;--that is, until I can more closely and calmly examine your demonstration. In the mean time, it must be admitted that, in your reduction of all mental qualities into Intelligence, Memory cannot be cited as an exception. RANDOLPH. It is assumed in our Philosophy that whatever Fact Consciousness or the Soul once perceives it always retains. This innate and necessary power of retention-and which is part of the Soul's nature--is what is usually meant by the term Memory. Remembrance is, however, the proper word. It has also the power of Abstraction; by means of which the Soul concentrates its attention on any chosen Fact or Subject, and, for the time, pugposely forgets all...show more

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  • Paperback | 138 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 259g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236851803
  • 9781236851802