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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1886. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... EPILOGUE. MAN, A CONSCIOUS BEING. Man comes into the world as a conscious being, with an aptitude for acquiring knowledge. His consciousness is an attribute of life; its source as inscrutable as the cause of life; so that to demonstrate the origin of the one would be to unveil the beginning of the other. Hence the source of the consciousness of man is as great a mystery as is the source of his reason, if it be not identical therewith. This consciousness man shares with the animated kingdoms of nature; and, if there be any truth in the doctrine of selective evolution, derives it through these kingdoms. But, indeed, a rudimentary consciousness is found in the vegetable kingdom, in those sensitive plants which shrink from the touch. Hence consciousness would appear to spring from the primary germ of nascent being, whatever that may be, and to increase in intensity with advance in organization, until in man it gains its culmination. The awakening consciousness of man is a consciousness of self, of his own existence, of his own needs, of his dependent state. This consciousness, showing itself as instinct, causes him to search outside himself for that which will supply his needs. This conscious instinct makes the infant man aware of the presence and person of his mother, and causes him to seek from her all that he requires. Not always with her, he becomes conscious of the presence of other beings, of beings like unto and yet not his mother. The presence of these beings awakens and stimulates his perceptions, until, guided by these apart from his conscious instinct, he learns to distinguish his mother from them. Then he becomes conscious that some of the beings like unto and yet not his mother, take notice of himself; while others only slightly regard or even disregard...
Title: New Aspects of Life and Religion
Publisher: General Books LLC: 2012-01-14 00:00:00.000
ISBN Number: 0217516637
ISBN Number 13: 9780217516631
Book Condition: Used - Like New
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