This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...in which there are many possible interpretations that exclude each other, and no one wins; under these circumstances and these alone do we find disbelief that is not really belief in something else. In each of these cases the conditions that make for belief or doubt are the same as the conditions which we have seen to account for the original entrance of a sensation; for the interpretation of an object of perception in one way or another, and for the control of association. It seems that the activity of these conditions not merely determines the course of consciousness, but also by their action induces a feeling that is for us the mark of the truth or lack of truth of the process in question. Just as there may be a temporary dominance of one group of factors, to be followed at the next moment by another group, so we may have a permanent control of belief by one system that is intentionally or unintentionally in control of mind. Thus the artistic attitude toward a novel or a painting or a statue is one in which we permit ourselves to feel under the dominance of one system, although we know it does not result in the production of complete truth. The artist has been controlled in his production by a limited set of considerations, and we, for the moment, accept the same set of experiences, and we believe in a partial way as long as he follows completely the tacit assumptions he has made. Here we have judgment of truth in terms of an artificially limited experience, and the result is a belief that is partial, but with a suppressed background of knowledge that the statements are not true finally and ultimately. Similarly in dreaming, part of the brain is asleep, and consequently what association processes are present are controlled by a partial, ..