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By George Herbert Mead

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James treats the awareness with which psychology offers as efficacious, as a selective supplier that really operates within the keep an eye on of the actual system.83 He additionally regards it as conditioned in a causal feel via the actual, extra specifically the worried process. He reveals the easiest approach to pointing out this to be the soul-theory.

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28). A tions of past experiences which exist ready to hand in some storehouse of the mind isl " as illegitimate as a psychology of elements," even if it bring in attention or appercep-i tion as a force from the outside to order the material For it has a material which is\ only made up out of logical abstractions. The ordering of this material by laws of the association of ideas or by attentive processes is unreal as long as these forces quite separate from the immediate problem of consciousness.

The disintegration of the object means a return, with reference to a certain field, to ; the original phase of protoplasmic consciousness, and within these limits there is mind nor body, only subjectivity. neither /' process of attention and apperception, of choice, of consciously directed conduct. This stage of disintegration and reconstruction requires a more detailed description and analysis. The characteristics which identify it with the reflective conscious- ness are the sharp definition of the problem within one field of consciousness and the forms which the other contents of consciousness take in the statement and solution of The assumptions made in this description are: (1) that consciousness is the problem.

But to assume that The only this content is determinable independently of the problem is utterly false. in advance is the function of seeing, of hearing, and of that is determinable thing What the content of this function is going to be is dependent upon the feeling. character of the process. The legitimate result of this type of "elemental" psychology is found, not in the psychical correspondents of the physical originals, but in the physical statement itself. All the value of the study of so-called quales of sensation is to be obtained eventually in the statement of the nervous mechanism.

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