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


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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