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Unformatted text preview: ption, but the RELATIVE stimulus increase. This is behind all of "getting used to things"; it removes
the pain from humiliation and also the novelty from joy. It is the reason behind all of the searching for novelty
We assume that consciousness is organic, though we concede that it may be true that it is borrowed from a
great pool of consciousness out of which we all come. Consciousness IS organic because a blow on the
head may abolish it as may drugs and disease, or a shifting of the blood supply as in emotion or fatigue in the
form of sleep, etc. Where does it go to and how does it come back? The savage answered that question by
building up the idea of a soul, a thing that might migrate, had an independent existence, took journeys in the
form of dreams and lived and flourished after death. Most of these ideas still persist, perhaps as much through
the fear of annihilation as anything else, but as to whether or not they are true this book does not concern
itself. We have no proof of these matters, but we can prove that we can play on consciousness as we play on a
piano, through the body and brain. A blow injures groups of nerve cells and consciousness disappears; when
they recover, it returns. Where does any function go when structure is injured? We have practically the same
kind of proof for the position of consciousness as a function of the brain and body that we have for gastric
juice as a secretion of gastric cells.
 Even if it were true that consciousness is the only reality, nobody really believes it in that nobody acts as if
it were true. Conversely, everybody acts as if trees, rocks, and people were realities; as if fatigue, sickness,
age, etc., affected consciousness. That is why, in this book, we are discarding as irrelevant the "ultimate" truth
concerning consciousness. My humble belief is that the ultimate truth in this matter will never concern us
because we shall never know it.
However widely we spread the function of consciousness and its domain, we still leave a large field of
activities untouched. And so we come to the conce...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University Chennai - Regional Office, Coimbatore.
- Spring '11