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The Psychic Abilities of Ants


of introspection, or subjectivism, i. e. , observation
from within,
which every person knows only, and can know only, in
and by him-
self. For this let us reserve the term "consciousness."
Second,
the "activity" of the mind or that which determines the
contents
of the field of consciousness. This has been included
without fur-
ther ado with consciousness in the wider sense, and
thence has
arisen the confusion of regarding consciousness as an
attribute of
the mind. In another place I have designated the
molecular wave
of activity of the neural elements as "neurocyme."
We cannot speak of the consciousness of human beings
other
than ourselves without drawing an inference from
analogy ; quite
as little ought we to speak of a consciousness of
forgotten things.
The field of our consciousness is constantly changing.
Things ap-
pear in it and disappear from it. Memory, through
association,
enables us to recall, more or less directly and with
more or less diffi-
culty, things which appear to be momentarily absent
from con-
sciousness. Moreover, both the experience of self-
observation and
the phenomena of hypnotism teach us experimentally that
many
things of which we seem to be unconscious, are
nevertheless pres-
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ent in consciousness or have been. Indeed, certain
sense-impres-
sions remain, at the moment of their occurrence,
unconscious so
far as our ordinary consciousness or superconsciousness
is con-
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