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When, instead of merely associating some act with some situation in the animal way, we think the situation out, we have a set of particular feelings of its elements.
Human folk are as a matter of fact eager to find intelligence in animals.
The intellectual evolution of the race consists in an increase in the number, delicacy, complexity, permanence and speed of formation of such associations.
The dog, on the other hand, has few or no ideas because his brain acts in coarse fashion and because there are few connections with each single process.
To the intelligent man with an interest in human nature it must often appear strange that so much of the energy of the scientific world has been spent on the study of the body and so little on the study of the mind.
On the whole, the psychological work of the last quarter of the nineteenth century emphasized the study of consciousness to the neglect of the total life of intellect and character
Nowhere more truly than in his mental capacities is man a part of nature.
Dogs get lost hundreds of times and no one ever notices it or sends an account of it to a scientific magazine.
Human beings are accustomed to think of intellect as the power of having and controlling ideas and of ability to learn as synonymous with ability to have ideas. But learning by having ideas is really one of the rare and isolated events in nature.
Amongst the minds of animals that of man leads, not as a demigod from another planet, but as a king from the same race.
The function of intellect is to provide a means of modifying our reactions to the circumstances of life, so that we may secure pleasure, the symptom of welfare.
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In our civilization, men are afraid that they will not be men enough and women are afraid that they may be considered only women.
August 31, 1874
August 9, 1949
Edward Lee "Ted" Thorndike was an American psychologist who spent nearly his entire career at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Human Nature And The Social Order V1 (1940)
Animal Intelligence: Experimental Studies (1911)
The Elements Of Psychology (1905)
Notes on child study (1901)
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