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When I recall today my early youth, I should take the boy that I then was, with the exception of a few individual features, for…
The biological task of science is to provide the fully developed human individual with as perfect a means of orientating himself as possible. No other…
Ordinarily pleasure and pain are regarded as different from sensations.
Thing, body, matter, are nothing apart from the combinations of the elements, – the colours, sounds, and so forth – nothing apart from their so-called…
The presentations and conceptions of the average man of the world are formed and dominated, not by the full and pure desire for knowledge as…
The ego is as little absolutely permanent as are bodies.
Man is pre-eminently endowed with the power of voluntarily and consciously determining his own point of view.
My table is now brightly, now dimly lighted. Its temperature varies. It may receive an ink stain. One of its legs may be broken. It…
Personally, people know themselves very poorly.
A movement that we will to execute is never more than a represented movement, and appears in a different domain from that of the executed…
Science always has its origin in the adaptation of thought to some definite field of experience.
The task which we have set ourselves is simply to show why and for what purpose we hold that standpoint during most of our lives,…
Similarly, many a young man, hearing for the first time of the refraction of stellar light, has thought that doubt was cast on the whole…
Many an article that I myself penned twenty years ago impresses me now as something quite foreign to myself.
Without renouncing the support of physics, it is possible for the physiology of the senses, not only to pursue its own course of development, but…
If our dreams were more regular, more connected, more stable, they would also have more practical importance for us.
Bodies do not produce sensations, but complexes of elements (complexes of sensations) make up bodies.
A colour is a physical object as soon as we consider its dependence, for instance, upon its luminous source, upon other colours, upon temperatures, upon…
Physics is experience, arranged in economical order.
The fact is, every thinker, every philosopher, the moment he is forced to abandon his one-sided intellectual occupation by practical necessity, immediately returns to the…
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