Directions for the Use of a Scientific Table; In the Collection and Application of Knowledge

9781151439130: Directions for the Use of a Scientific Table; In the Collection and Application of Knowledge

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1796. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... may not be invested with influence the most powerful over the human attention. It is clear, from what T have just said, that as our ideas multiply, so mustthe probability increase of that fascination wbie-l»,1 _ have just mentioned; and consequently, that as pjir stores grow, so does that capacity strengthen', /by... whose means we collect those stores. How strongly dcfesr. this conclusion urge the importance of beginning tafc. gather ideas as soon as possible. It urges, with equal force, the importance of every single idea we sorrfr,' and the inducement by which a man, absolutely j.: norant, is invited to study, with labour and patiencfo. anyone thing that comes before him.; IfhewouH", but now and then sit down with resolution, to.swrv'ey the last impressions on his memory,, or to fix.; his mind on the leading acts and appearances that have occurred in his most common avocations; he would seqle a certain quantity of materials in his own possession, and he would not live many days before new materials would bring them into activity, and make them the means of interest, or of thought, in cases which would otherwise pass by insipidly and wuhout observation. I proceed to show that a second cause of ignorance is the oppressive feeling, that the effort to know is that of a task tedious and rarely productive. I should much question the prevalence of this feeling in any cafe, if by those who ought to repress and subdue, it were not fostered and cherished. It is natural for the pride of man to magnify whatever he is exclusively possessed of. It is natural, therefore, for literary men to misrepresent what they have acquired in their early years, and by this means to place those who have not the acquisition, at as great a distance as possible, below themselves. They...

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