Letter. 12 - The Senses and Nervous System  pp. 96-118

By Henry George Atkinson and Harriet Martineau

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H. G. A. to H. M.

Man appearing to be the highest development of nature, and his mind being evolved from this development,—a glimmering light in the midst of infinite darkness, nevertheless in its inter-relations presenting, as far as it goes, a true impress of what is, (and, if not true in relation to the universe and to absolute truth, at least true in relation to Man, and as a corresponding harmony, which is all that we need desire,)—it is reasonable to suppose that Man in his completed growth would possess as many channels of sense as there are different characteristics in external nature and his own body, or distinct energies or emotions arising from such conditions. But possibly Man has not yet arrived at his fullest development; and some of his powers or sense channels may be still more or less in a state of partial growth, or dormant. The entire body may be considered as the organ of sense; eye, nose, mouth, ear, skin, flesh, bones, muscles, &c.; or rather, the nerves and nervous condition ramifying and filling, as it were, all parts of the body. Even the brain itself is an organ of sense, as well as being the centre at which all sense impressions arrive, and from which all sensations are evolved. The elementary outward senses are said to be from Light, Sound, Taste, Smell, and Feeling.

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