Essay on the Creative Imagination by Th Ribot

Author: Th Ribot
Published: 1900
Language: English
Wordcount: 84,674 / 279 pg
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lically.–Nature of this symbolism.–The mystic changes concrete images into symbolic images.–Their obscurity; whence it arises.–Extraordinary abuse of analogy.–Mystic labor on letters, numbers, etc.–Nature and extent of the belief accompanying this form of imagination: it is unconditional and permanent.–The mystic conception of the world a general symbolism.–Mystic imagination in religion and in metaphysics. 221



It is distinguishable into genera and species.–The need for monographs that have not yet appeared.–The imagination in growing sciences–belief is at its maximum; in the organized sciences–the negative rôle of method.–The conjectural phase; proof of its importance.–Abortive and dethroned hypotheses.–The imagination in the processes of verification.–The metaphysician’s imagination arises from the same need as the scientist’s.–Metaphysics is a rationalized myth.

Eine Kindheitserinnerung aus »Dichtung und Wahrheit« by Sigmund Freud

Author: Sigmund Freud
Published: 1917
Language: German
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mißlich es — von allen inneren Unsicherheiten abgesehen — bleibt, die Deutung einer Kinderhandlung auf eine einzige Analogie zu begründen. Ich hatte darum auch meine Auffassung der kleinen Szene aus »Dichtung und Wahrheit« durch Jahre zurückgehalten. Da bekam ich eines Tages einen Patienten, der seine Analyse mit folgenden, wortgetreu fixierten Sätzen einleitete:

»Ich bin das älteste von acht oder neun Geschwistern[1]. Eine meiner ersten Erinnerungen ist, daß der Vater, in Nachtkleidung auf seinem Bette sitzend, mir lachend erzählt, daß ich einen Bruder bekommen habe. Ich war damals dreidreiviertel Jahre alt; so groß ist der Altersunterschied zwischen mir und meinem nächsten Bruder. Dann weiß ich, daß ich kurze Zeit nachher (oder war es ein Jahr vorher?)[2] einmal verschiedene Gegenstände, Bürsten, — oder war es nur eine Bürste? — Schuhe und anderes aus dem Fenster auf die Straße geworfen habe.

La Suggestibilité by Alfred Binet

Author: Alfred Binet
Published: 1900
Language: French
Wordcount: 119,607 / 439 pg
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sique, mais une influence qui agit par idées, qui agit par l’intermédiaire des intelligences, des émotions et des volontés; la parole est le plus souvent l’expression de cette influence, et l’ordre donné à haute voix en est le meilleur exemple; mais il suffit que la pensée soit comprise ou seulement devinée pour que la suggestion ait lieu; le geste, l’altitude, moins encore, un silence, suffit souvent pour établir des suggestions irrésistibles. Le mot pression doit à son tour être précisé, et c’est un peu délicat. Pression veut dire violence: par suite de la pression morale l’individu suggestionné agit et pense autrement qu’il le ferait s’il était livré à lui-même. Ainsi, quand après avoir reçu un renseignement, nous changeons d’avis et de conduite, nous n’obéissons point à une suggestion, parce que ce changement se fait de plein gré, il est l’expression de notre volonté, il a été décidé par notre raisonnement, notre sens critique, il est le résultat d’une adhésion à la fois intellectuelle et volontaire. Quan

Secret Places of the Heart by H.G. Wells

Modern psychiatry–a keen-witted egotistic Englishman, a sprightly American girl–delightful companionship through the historic villages of springtime England–and much brilliant discussion ranging over the past and future topics of world-wide significance.

Author: H.G. Wells
Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 63,673 / 187 pg
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ay managers, oil profiteers, financial adventurers. . . . “

He was fairly launched. “It’s the blind folly of it! In the days before the war it was different. Then there was abundance. A little grabbing or cornering was all to the good. All to the good. It prevented things being used up too fast. And the world was running by habit; the inertia was tremendous. You could take all sorts of liberties. But all this is altered. We’re living in a different world. The public won’t stand things it used to stand. It’s a new public. It’s–wild. It’ll smash up the show if they go too far. Everything short and running shorter–food, fuel, material. But these people go on. They go on as though nothing had changed. . . . Strikes, Russia, nothing will warn them. There are men on that Commission who would steal the brakes off a mountain railway just before they went down in it. . . . It’s a struggle with suicidal imbeciles. It’s–! But I’m talking! I didn’t come here to talk Fuel.”

“You think there may be a smash-up?”

Do the Dead Return? by Anonymous

Author: Anonymous
Published: 1900
Language: English
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ey, “I do not think mind-reading would account for what was done for me, because he read things that were not in my mind, telling me my mother’s maiden name and where she died.”

Dr. Schlesinger calls his gift clairaudient mediumship, and says his right ear is deaf to all terrestrial sounds, but quickened, as with a sixth sense, for communications from the other world. He says he can both see and hear spirits, and that bands of them encircle him, and at times, in the presence of some peculiarly “fit” visitors, manifest themselves with great clearness and power. To prove that the sounds he hears are celestial voices, he does many things which baffle those who witness the strange phenomena which abound in his presence wherever he goes.

It was with much difficulty that those who participated in these seances and whose accounts of what they saw are subjoined, were induced to give the medium a hearing. Chief Crowley was particularly opposed to giving serious attention to what he denounced as “trickery

Dreams by Henri Bergson

Translated, with an introduction, by Edwin E. Slosson

Author: Henri Bergson
Published: 1913
Language: English
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se which continue to come to us from an external source. The eyes, when closed, still distinguish light from shade, and even, to a certain extent, different lights from one another. These sensations of light, emanating from without, are at the bottom of many of our dreams. A candle abruptly lighted in the room will, for example, suggest to the sleeper, if his slumber is not too deep, a dream dominated by the image of fire, the idea of a burning building. Permit me to cite to you two observations of M. Tissié on this subject:

“B—- Léon dreams that the theater of Alexandria is on fire; the flame lights up the whole place. All of a sudden he finds himself transported to the midst of the fountain in the public square; a line of fire runs along the chains which connect the great posts placed around the margin. Then he finds himself in Paris at the exposition, which is on fire. He takes part in terrible scenes, etc. He wakes with a start; his eyes catch the rays of

The Phantom World by Augustin Calmet

An English translation of “Dissertations sur les apparitions des anges, des démons et des esprits.”

Author: Augustin Calmet
Published: 1850
Language: English
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of the means used, and was scarcely aware of the wickedness of the age in which he lived, might easily be induced to credit the tales told him of demons expelled by the power of a church, to which in the beginning an authority to do so had undoubtedly been given, and whose awful corruptions were to him at least greatly veiled.

Calmet was a man of great integrity and considerable acumen, but he passed an innocent and exemplary life in studious seclusion; he mixed little with the world at large, resided remote “from courts, and camps, and strife of war or peace;” and there appears occasionally in his writings a kind of nervous apprehension lest the dogmas of the church to which he was pledged should be less capable than he could wish of satisfactory investigation. When he meets with tales like those of the vampires or vroucolacas, which concern only what he considered a heretical church, and with which, therefore, he might deal according to his own will–apply to them the ordinary rules of evidence, and