As a child I had not been content with the results promised by the modern professors of natural science
. With a confusion of ideas only to be accounted for by my extreme youth and my want of a guide on such matters, I had retrod the steps of knowledge along the paths of time and exchanged the discoveries of recent inquirers for the dreams of forgotten alchemists.
If psychology is to be a separate science
at all, we must seek a wider ground for its separateness than any that we have been considering hitherto.
"Your method of reasoning is the opposite to that of science
. There is no validity to your conclusions.
Such was the chateau in which science
had taken refuge--a place seemingly designed to be the theatre of mysteries, terror, and death.
Separated since infancy from his parents, whom he had hardly known; cloistered and immured, as it were, in his books; eager above all things to study and to learn; exclusively attentive up to that time, to his intelligence which broadened in science
, to his imagination, which expanded in letters,--the poor scholar had not yet had time to feel the place of his heart.
For these reasons, as soon as my age permitted me to pass from under the control of my instructors, I entirely abandoned the study of letters, and resolved no longer to seek any other science
than the knowledge of myself, or of the great book of the world.
All the papers, pamphlets, reports-- all the journals published by the scientific, literary, and religious societies enlarged upon its advantages; and the Society of Natural History of Boston, the Society of Science
and Art of Albany, the Geographical and Statistical Society of New York, the Philosophical Society of Philadelphia, and the Smithsonian of Washington sent innumerable letters of congratulation to the Gun Club, together with offers of immediate assistance and money.
I do not mean to say that relatives may not be disparate, or that the science
of health is healthy, or of disease necessarily diseased, or that the sciences
of good and evil are therefore good and evil; but only that, when the term science
is no longer used absolutely, but has a qualified object which in this case is the nature of health and disease, it becomes defined, and is hence called not merely science
, but the science
"And now, what do you know of matter, according to your own positive science
? You know it only by its phenomena, its appearances.
In the third place, the term 'prior' is used with reference to any order, as in the case of science
and of oratory.
"But," with an evident wish to avoid a possibly painful topic, "one needn't be either, to take an interest in books of Science
. Which contain the greatest amount of Science
, do you think, the books, or the minds?"
"The highest wisdom is not founded on reason alone, not on those worldly sciences
of physics, history, chemistry, and the like, into which intellectual knowledge is divided.