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 (12)

Whatever the mind may be, it is not the brain, and cognitions are undoubtedly either the acts or phenomena resulting from acts of the brain, or of the brain in conjunction with other parts of the living body. There is no doubt that cognitions depend entirely upon the operations of the living body and that … Continue reading Phenomenon of Consciousness (12)

Phenomenon of Consciousness (11)

There are at least seven different kinds of sensation: sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch, temperature and pressure. It is difficult to conceive of a conscious state existing in any body, which has not experienced any of these sensations. Cognitions of internal relations. These are numerous and we shall not attempt to even mention them all. … Continue reading Phenomenon of Consciousness (11)

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 (9)

All attempts heretofore made to account for the origin or existence of the Universe involve such contradictions or ambiguities. No rational account can be given of any phenomenon without previously accepting the existence of the physical universe as made known to consciousness through sense and cognition. A theory based on a mathematical space of four … Continue reading Phenomenon of Consciousness (9)

Phenomenon of Consciousness (8)

Every change is, therefore, A process in which energy acts UPON matter in space during time. The most complicated change is nothing more and the simplest is nothing less. Energy, matter, space and time, being necessary and sufficient for every change capable of cognition, constitute the physical elements of the Universe. The study of these … Continue reading Phenomenon of Consciousness (8)

Phenomenon of Consciousness (7)

What constitutes change? Change, as it is manifested through the organs of sense and interpreted by the power of cognition, consists in a difference between successive states of what we call the universe. We usually think of change as a change in matter. This is probably because matter, mass or substance is the vehicle through … Continue reading Phenomenon of Consciousness (7)

Phenomenon of Consciousness (6)

The physical Universe presents itself to cognition or consciousness as a continuous succession of conditions produced by change. Change is everywhere and incessant. The sum total of human knowledge is knowledge of continuous change in the present and recollection or memory of change in the past. All supposed knowledge of the future is not knowledge. … Continue reading Phenomenon of Consciousness (6)

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)

Phenomenon of Consciousness (1)

Two MEN Stand with their faces toward the setting sun. One has the ordinary power of vision, the other is blind. To the one there appears a beautiful phenomenon, to the other, nothing. Both are facing the same juxtaposition of elements,—energy, matter, space and time, which constitutes the sunset sky. To the one there is … Continue reading Phenomenon of Consciousness (1)