University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
The State of Wisconsin Collection

Page View

Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
volume IV (1876-1877)

Jewell, J. S.
Mind in the lower animals,   pp. 164-187 PDF (7.5 MB)


Page 164


1G4     Visconsion Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters.
            MIND IN THE LOWER ANIMALS.
                       BY J. S. JEWELL, M. D.,
Professor of Mental and Nervous Diseases In the Chicago Medical College,
and Correspond-
        ing Member of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.
  My subject is that of " the evidences of mind in the lower ani-
mals." The first thing to be done, in a case like the present,
is to define the meaning of the leading terms.  This is one of
the golden rules of discussion. Then what is mind? Before
trying to answer this question, which, by the way, is not a new
one, I should tell you that it was not my plan to determine, ex-
cept in a superficial sort of way, what mind really is. It would
require more than one lecture to deal adequately with that
question. For my present purpose, it is sufficient to assume the
existence of something, which may be 6alled mind, whether mo-
tional or immotional, the presence and action of which is known
usually by certain signs, by which beings possessed of mind are
commonly distinguished from those that do not have it. It is
with these signs, rather than the mind itself, that I am to deal.
But once again, what is mind?  It is much easier to ask this
question than it is to answer it. You all know it has been, and
at this hour it would be answered very differently by various
persons, who have given themselves (following- different methods)
to its study.
  But taking all these answers together, aside from unessential
particulars, they may be divided into two principal classes, which
are susceptible again of division into sub-classes. But I am to
call your attention to the two principal classes mentioned. They
may be described as follows:
  In the one case, the phenomena called mental are not attributed
to any other agent or source than the material organism itself.
In this view there is no such being as a mind numerically differ-
ent from the body of the animal, neither before nor after death.
The word mind is simply a name for the aggregate of functions
of the nervous system, at any rate of its higher functions. There
is no actual proof of the existence of any such immaterial, immor-
tal entity, as that usually designated by the terms, mind, soul,


Go up to Top of Page