In this paper, the writer draws attention to the difference of opinion which exists as to the interpretation of the manifestations of the subconscious. More especially he attacks those writers who hold the view that these manifestations “are compatible with the interpretation that they are the result of physiological processes without any association with ideas whatsoever.” In support of the psychological interpretation, viz., that co-conscious (subconscious) manifestations are the expression of subconscious ideas more or less dissociated from the personal consciousness, the writer describes several experiments carried out by himself on cases of multiple personalities, giving both simple and more elaborate tests in co-conscious perception and reasoning. In addition, there is a short description of one of a series of experiments carried on in conjunction with Dr. Frederic Peterson, by means of the psycho-galvanic reaction method, with a view of demonstrating the presence of subconscious emotions of which the subject was unaware. The reader must be referred to the paper itself for details of these experiments, which do not lend themselves to epitomising, but which substantiate Dr. Prince's conclusion, viz., “that such perceptions, interpretations, calculations, and translations could have been made by pure physiological processes without thought is inconceivable, and not substantiated by anything that we know of physiological processes.”
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