Hypnotism: Its History, Practice and Theory
Vestiges of Creation
The Surface of the Globe
The Origin of Species
Elements of Chemical Philosophy
Experimental Researches in Electricity
The Chemical History of a Candle
The Senses of Insects
Dialogues on the System of the World
Essays in Eugenics
The Evolution of Man
On the Motion of the Heart and Blood
Outlines of Astronomy
Cosmos, a Sketch of the Universe
The Theory of the Earth
The Principles of Geology
A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism
The Nature of Man
The Prolongation of Life
The Old Red Sandstone
Anatomy of Vertebrates
ration of the normal, they consider it, in its profound stages at all events, a form of automatism.
These and other views of the Nancy school have been questioned by several observers. As Myers justly pointed out, although suggestion is the artifice used to excite the phenomena, it does not create the condition on which they depend. The peculiar state which enables the phenomena to be evoked is the essential thing, not the signal which precedes their appearance.
Within recent times another theory has arisen, which, instead of explaining hypnotism by the arrested action of some of the brain centres which subserve normal life, attempts to do so by the arousing of certain powers over which we normally have little or no control. This theory appears under different names, "Double Consciousness," "Das Doppel-Ich," etc., and the principle on which it depends is largely admitted by science. William James, for example, says: "In certain persons, at least, the total possible consciousness may be split int
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