Psychological Monographs Volume 6

Psychological Monographs Volume 6

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...must be some community of stuff in the universe, yet we are not therefore warranted in assuming identity of conscious content, as absolute idealism does. The novelty, which results from communication for the individual consciousness, and the leaps in the evolution of consciousness, both in the race and the individual, especially the inductive or reflective leap, would not be accounted for by the assumption of an identical, unvarying consciousness. Even if we assumed such a consciousness, we should have to go to work and explain all the variations or processes of evolution independently of it. It would in the end be as useless as Plato finds Anaxogoras' 1/o5: and as Professor James finds the traditional soul. For our purposes, at any rate, a large part of the universe may be treated as material. It can be used as means to an end, without any need of respecting any end there. While even the simplest structures of reality must be continuous in some way with the history out of which our conscious life has emerged, yet whatever experience stuff may be back of their dead semblance, it is so simple and stereotyped that to us, except in some occasional poetic moods, it does not mean psychic reality at all. To speak of these simple inorganic and lower organic structures as potentially self-conscious would be as useless as it would be false. It is their present being with which we are concerned. As, moreover, they have a history as old as the higher forms, they cannot be regarded as in a process of development toward higher forms. They are adapted to their own kind of environment. Continuity, as far as we are concerned with it, only means the possibility of arranging our facts in a series of graduated difference. The only case where we more

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  • Paperback | 158 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 295g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236783166
  • 9781236783165