Papers Read at the Meetings of the Metaphysical Society

Papers Read at the Meetings of the Metaphysical Society

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...Materialism; that essence is the assertion that mind is an energy of matter. Of course, the Materialist denies Mind as an entity, as an occult force, as a Noumenon, as vital spirits, or animal spirits, or anything else capable of existing separate from Matter, or capable of being infused into another form without; but not even the author of "L'Homme Machine " himself denies that there are manifestations and faculties of matter which are not themselves matter, any more than music is itself a grand piano. The controversy has never turned, so far as I can discover, on the existence of consciousness, with all its modes and laws, but on its source and connections. Another member of this Society has propounded, with great point and vigour, a difficulty as against Materialism, to which I shall refer, not for the purpose of disputing it on its merits, but only as illustrating with precision what is the true scope of the Materialist answer to the given questions. "What is the causal connection, if any," Professor Tyndall asks, "between the objective and the subjective, between molecular motions and states of consciousness? It is no explanation to say that the objective and subjective effects are two sides of one and the same phenomenon. Why should the phenomenon have two sides? There is the core of the difficulty. There are plenty of molecular motions which do not exhibit this two-sidedness. Why should the molecular motion of the brain be yoked to this mysterious companion, --consciousness?" Of the scientific interest of this question there can be no doubt, but philosophic Materialism may rest on the fact as it is, --assuming it to be a fact--that molecular motions and states of consciousness are related as more

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