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290 NOTES. [BK. II.

and inapplicable." The air[1], moving in currents, was said to be wind;" and, when at rest, it was supposed, like all else, when either in excess or deficiency, to be with-
drawn from sentient perception.

CHAPTER XII.

Note 1, p. 125. It is the primal organ, &c.] Philo-
ponus and Simplicius, according to some commentators, believed that the "mind" was the organ or principle here alluded to; but Saint Hilaire is disposed to regard it as "sensibility, irrespective of any thinking principle." Trendelenburg inquires, what means the term 'primal' quid hoc πρῶτον? He seems, however, to consider the mind as the special seat of the faculty in question—"quod primum dicitur, id tacite mentem spectari videtur, quæ propria est hujus facultatis sedes; et ea prima quidem, si ab intimo fonte proficiscaris." It may, however, with some confidence, be assumed that this primal organ points, suggestively, to the brain; for it evidently implies a cen-
tral organ connected with each of the senses, and receptive of all sentient impressions. Thus, such an organ, while receptive of form, may well be said to be identical with the object; and yet, seeing how opposed are the manifes-

  1. Meteorologica, I. 13. 2.