The Effect of a Constant Stimulus Upon Touch Localization Volume 1-4

The Effect of a Constant Stimulus Upon Touch Localization Volume 1-4

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: consequently not a question of necessary results from similar causes, but a question why volitional acts should be repeated in individuals and in groups of individuals. The extent of the volitional character of language may be seen from the possibility of complete inhibition. This is not conceivable in the physical world. Gold must glitter and the diamond must shine. But in language a cause may be without an efiect. There may be no expression even in the presence of the strongest incentive to expression. The will may annihilate what it can create, but the natural world has no choice but to obey the conditions of its existence. To cite even a small part of the many ways in which uniformity of tendency, or regularity, or repetition, or law, in this sense, is brought about in the volitional processes of language would be manifestly impossible within the brief limits of this paper. Only a few can be mentioned in order to illustrate the nature of law in language and to furnish the basis for some reflections on the proper attitude towards such law. First of all, however, it will be necessary to discuss briefly the way in which volition first enters into language and the way in which conscious volitional acts pass over into unconscious habitual acts. The psychologists are accustomed to make a distinction between what they call ideomotor activities and volitional activities. By ideomotor activities they mean such as are produced without choice or intention; such activities are merely the unwilled expression of an image on the brain--for example, somebody yawns and everybody else within seeing distance unconsciously does the same. Image actions of this sort were probably very important factors in the primitive development of language. more

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