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Psychology is the science of the act of experiencing, and deals with the whole system of such acts as they make up mental life.
[Acts]
 

Such being the nature of mental life, the business of psychology is primarily to describe in detail the various forms which attention or conation assumes upon the different levels of that life.
[Attention]
 

The great usefulness of speculation for mental life lies in its thus suspending practice and introducing consideration.
 

The interval between a cold expectation and a warm desire may be filled by expectations of varying degrees of warmth or by desires of varying degrees of coldness.
 

The mental act of sensation which issues in reflex movement is so simple as to defy analysis.
 

The perceptive act is a reaction of the mind upon the object of which it is the perception.
 

The sensory acts are accordingly distinguished by their objects.
[Acts]
 

The thing of which the act of perception is the perception is experienced as something not mental.
 

Theoretical acts of mind are such as subserve the continuance of the object before the mind without alteration of it.
 

Thus a remembered object (event) is remembered as mine.
 

Thus the same object may supply a practical perception to one person and a speculative one to another, or the same person may perceive it partly practically and partly speculatively.
 

Thus we have to recognize that a thing as perceived contains besides sensory elements other elements present to the mind only in ideal form.
 

We cannot tell why one sensory process should make us see green and another make us see blue and another make us smell scent.
 

We cannot therefore say that mental acts contain a cognitive as well as a conative element.
[Acts]
 

What is the meaning of the togetherness of the perceiving mind, in that peculiar modification of perceiving which makes it perceive not a star but a tree, and the tree itself, is a problem for philosophy.
 

What the occasions are which lead to the emergence of free images is no means clear.
 

When we come to images or memories or thoughts, speculation, while always closely related to practice, is more explicit, and it is in fact not immediately obvious that such processes can be described in any sense as practical.
 

You can mark in desire the rising of the tide, as the appetite more and more invades the personality, appealing, as it does, not merely to the sensory side of the self, but to its ideal components as well.
 


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