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1860 Excerpt: ...of that inward vision, which we have designated as
an intensified dreaming, the sense-perceptions are closed, and the
control of the will over the body in general quite suspended. On
the other hand, as soon as the senseapparatus gains its rights and
begins to react upon the consciousness, the vision-state, just
analogously with dreaming, instantly passes away. This fact induces
the conclusion, that a different relation of the soul to its own
organism must lie at the foundation of these two opposed states of
consciousness. If, therefore, in the ordinary or normal state we
cannot doubt but that there is an inward and constant connexion
kept up between the two, yet we are, on the other hand,
necessitated, in the case of those conditions of consciousness
which seem to be inaccessible to every sensa-i tional perception or
action, to admit the suspension of these conditions, and to
consider the bond between the soul and the organism to be at least
relaxed. This conclusion, taken in connexion with the other
doctrines of our philosophy, is not to be regarded as one of those
which merely presents itself for friendly consideration; it can
claim almost a demonstrative power, so long as this general law of
thought maintains its place--that causes must be analogous to their
effects. The fact, that it does not contradict so much as extend
and complete the doctrines which have been hitherto entertained,
does not detract at all from its importance. All newly discovered
truths have at first the lot of struggling against the old, but in
the end they are always victorious. Here, however, another weighty
question arises, viz. in which of these two opposed states the soul
appears most in accordance with its own nature and constitution. Of
course, we can have ho doubt but that t...
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