Illusions eBook

James Sully
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illustrate more and more distinctly.  And even the idea of a permanent self, as distinct from particular fugitive feelings, is admitted by the associationist to be correct in so far as it expresses the fact that mind is “a series of feelings which is aware of itself as past and future.”  In short, these “illusory intuitions,” by the showing of those who affirm them to be illusory, are by no means hallucinations having no real object as their correlative, but merely illusions in the narrow sense, and illusions, moreover, in which the ratio of truth to error seems to be a large one.

It would thus appear that philosophy tends, after all, to unsettle what appear to be permanent convictions of the common mind and the presuppositions of science much less than is sometimes imagined.  Our intuitions of external realities, our indestructible belief in the uniformity of nature, in the nexus of cause and effect, and so on, are, by the admission of all philosophers, at least partially and relatively true; that is to say, true in relation to certain features of our common experience.  At the worst, they can only be called illusory as slightly misrepresenting the exact results of this experience.  And even so, the misrepresentation must, by the very nature of the case, be practically insignificant.  And so in full view of the subtleties of philosophic speculation, the man of science may still feel justified in regarding his standard of truth, a stable consensus of belief, as above suspicion.

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  Abercrombie, Dr. J, 141, note[82], 278.

  Abnormal life, relation of,
    to normal, 1, 120, 121, 124, 182, 277, 284, note[132], 336;
    effects of amputation, 62;
    modification of sensibility in, 65;
    gross sense-illusions of, 111, hallucinations of, 118;
    sense of personal identity in, 289.

  Active, stage in perception, 27;
    illusion distinguished from passive, 45, 332-334.

  Actor. See Theatre.

  Adaptation, illusion as want of, 124, 188, 339.

  AEsthetic intuition, 213;
    illusions of, 214.

  After-dreams, 144, 183.

  After-sensation, after-impression, 55, 115.

  Anaesthesia, 65.

  Ancestral experience, results of, 281.

  Animals, recognition of portraits by, 105;
    expectation of, 298.

  Anthropomorphism, 225, 360.

  Anticipation. See Expectation.

  Apparitions. See Hallucination.

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