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Organs Of Consciousness





Nothing is known to us until it has been transmitted to the mind by
the senses. The nerves of special sense, of sight, hearing, smell,
taste, touch, the temperature sense ("hot or cold" sense), the
muscular sense (sense of weight and position), these, and the nerves
controlling voluntary motion, form the peripheral, or surface, nervous
system. This acts as a connecting medium between the outside world and
the central nervous system, which is composed of the brain and spinal
cord. We might liken the nerves, singly, to wires, and all of them
together to a system of wires. The things of the external world tap at
the switchboard by using the organs of special sense; the nerves,
acting as wires, transmit their messages; at the switchboard is the
operator--consciousness--accepting and interpreting the jangle of
calls.

The recognition by the brain of the appeals coming by way of the
transmitting sense, and its interpretation of these appeals, is the
mind's function of consciousness, whether expressed by thinking,
feeling, or willing.





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