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A colour is a physical object as soon as we consider its dependence, for instance, upon its luminous source, upon other colours, upon temperatures, upon spaces, and so forth.
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A movement that we will to execute is never more than a represented movement, and appears in a different domain from that of the executed movement, which always takes place when the image is vivid enough.
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Bodies do not produce sensations, but complexes of elements (complexes of sensations) make up bodies.
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I have always felt it as a stroke of special good fortune, that early in life, at about the age of fifteen, I lighted, in the library of my father, on a copy of Kant's Prolegomena to any Future Metaphysics.
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If our dreams were more regular, more connected, more stable, they would also have more practical importance for us.
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In fact, sensations of pleasure and pain, however faint they may be, really constitute an essential part of the content of all so-called emotions.
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In the long run we shall not be able to close our eyes to this simple truth, which is the immediate outcome of psychological analysis.
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It may easily become a disturbing element in unprejudiced scientific theorising when a conception which is adapted to a particular and strictly limited purpose is promoted in advance to be the foundation of all investigation.
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Man is pre-eminently endowed with the power of voluntarily and consciously determining his own point of view.
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Many an article that I myself penned twenty years ago impresses me now as something quite foreign to myself.
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My table is now brightly, now dimly lighted. Its temperature varies. It may receive an ink stain. One of its legs may be broken. It may be repaired, polished, and replaced part by part. But, for me, it remains the table at which I daily write.
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Ordinarily pleasure and pain are regarded as different from sensations.
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Personally, people know themselves very poorly.
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Physics is experience, arranged in economical order.
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Science always has its origin in the adaptation of thought to some definite field of experience.
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Similarly, many a young man, hearing for the first time of the refraction of stellar light, has thought that doubt was cast on the whole of astronomy, whereas nothing is required but an easily effected and unimportant correction to put everything right again.
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The apparent permanency of the ego consists chiefly in the single fact of its continuity, in the slowness of its changes.
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The biological task of science is to provide the fully developed human individual with as perfect a means of orientating himself as possible. No other scientific ideal can be realised, and any other must be meaningless.
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The ego is as little absolutely permanent as are bodies.
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The fact is, every thinker, every philosopher, the moment he is forced to abandon his one-sided intellectual occupation by practical necessity, immediately returns to the general point of view of mankind.
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The philosophical point of view of the average man - if that term may be applied to his naive realism - has a claim to the highest consideration.
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The plain man is familiar with blindness and deafness, and knows from his everyday experience that the look of things is influenced by his senses; but it never occurs to him to regard the whole world as the creation of his senses.
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The popular notion of an antithesis between appearance and reality has exercised a very powerful influence on scientific and philosophical thought.
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The presentations and conceptions of the average man of the world are formed and dominated, not by the full and pure desire for knowledge as an end in itself, but by the struggle to adapt himself favourably to the conditions of life.
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The task which we have set ourselves is simply to show why and for what purpose we hold that standpoint during most of our lives, and why and for what purpose we are provisionally obliged to abandon it.
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The very gradual character of the changes of the body also contributes to the stability of the ego, but in a much less degree than people imagine.
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There can hardly be greater differences in the egos of different people, than occur in the course of years in one person.
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Thing, body, matter, are nothing apart from the combinations of the elements, - the colours, sounds, and so forth - nothing apart from their so-called attributes.
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Thus the great gulf between physical and psychological research persists only when we acquiesce in our habitual stereotyped conceptions.
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When I recall today my early youth, I should take the boy that I then was, with the exception of a few individual features, for a different person, were it not for the existence of the chain of memories.
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When, however, physics and psychology meet, the ideas held in the one domain prove to be untenable in the other.
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Without renouncing the support of physics, it is possible for the physiology of the senses, not only to pursue its own course of development, but also to afford to physical science itself powerful assistance.
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