Phenomenon of Consciousness (18)

We cannot by volition prevent the sensory nerves from transmitting the impulses caused by external relations. For example, we cannot by volition prevent hearing a sound. But these actions may be guided, stimulated and concentrated by volition. If there are several simultaneous sound relations in progress in a room occupied by a listener, he may … Continue reading Phenomenon of Consciousness (18)

Phenomenon of Consciousness (17)

And in these involuntary knockings we have, therefore, an ample potential cause for the genesis of conscious states. But if the cerebrum is not completely or sufficiently rejuvenated when these knockings come, it will resist their untimely intrusion, will resist throwing off the oblivious state. The knocking must be repeated, continued and must perhaps become … Continue reading Phenomenon of Consciousness (17)

Phenomenon of Consciousness (16)

We have already seen that neither the brain record alone nor any existing internal relations of the cerebrum at a particular time or at any time, by voluntary or involuntary action, could generate or bring into activity a power of cognition without a stimulus to brain activity. How, then, does it originate ? We have … Continue reading Phenomenon of Consciousness (16)

Phenomenon of Consciousness (15)

Hence, we are almost driven to accept the pituitary and pineal glandular bodies as the separate organs, which separately produce the two necessary reagents, they being the only glandular bodies whose position would enable them to perform this function. This hypothesis is substantially supported by the position of these organs in the center of the … Continue reading Phenomenon of Consciousness (15)

Phenomenon of Consciousness (14)

Consciousness, instead of being essential to living bodies, is never even persistent in any living body. It is invariably an intermittent or periodic phenomenon and any tendency toward persistence is generally, if not always, detrimental or destructive to the organism. The average period of consciousness of living animals is about twelve hours, followed normally by … Continue reading Phenomenon of Consciousness (14)

Phenomenon of Consciousness (13)

It appears from this jumble of the imaginary, hypothetical and concrete that the mind is the soul; that it is energy, force and matter and at the same time not matter; that the soul is the disembodied spirit; that the spirit is the disembodied soul while residing in the body and after leaving the body; … Continue reading Phenomenon of Consciousness (13)

Phenomenon of Consciousness (10)

The phenomenon of consciousness has already been defined as the cognition or knowledge of the existence of self and of the Universe. The word also defines, as previously stated, a certain state or condition of the brain, in which the brain has this power of cognition of self-existence and of other simultaneous cognitions. This phenomenon … Continue reading Phenomenon of Consciousness (10)

Phenomenon of Consciousness (5)

There are, therefore, two distinct kinds or classes of cognitions: those stimulated or produced by external relations transferred into correlative internal relations within the brain through the organs of sense, that is, cognitions originating in energy transmitted by the organs of sense; and those stimulated or produced by internal relations already existing within the brain, … Continue reading Phenomenon of Consciousness (5)

Phenomenon of Consciousness (4)

We appear to have no power of dealing with, of considering, discussing or even contemplating anything but cognitions. In a physical sense we may handle portions of the Universe. We may impress upon portions of the Universe the power of intelligence and will to produce or prevent changes of condition, but intellectually we are able … Continue reading Phenomenon of Consciousness (4)

Phenomenon of Consciousness (3)

The same is true of words spoken in the same room with the hearer, even spoken directly into the ear. No external word, no external sound, ever reaches the brain. There is no external sound. The only sounds ever heard in any brain are cognitions originating and existing only in the brain—cognitions of internal relations … Continue reading Phenomenon of Consciousness (3)

Phenomenon of Consciousness (2)

The word "phenomenon" is usually defined as an appearance, but it includes anything which appears or becomes known, not only through vision, but in any way. A thought or any cerebral act or state capable of cognition, capable of becoming known, is a phenomenon. The word is very often used to designate appearances, visual or … Continue reading Phenomenon of Consciousness (2)