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THE POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY


2. Reflex Motions = 2. Instincts (Inherited), Habits {Acquired) =
Relatively Simple, Automatic Responses. Complex Reflexes, involving Nerve Centers.
3. Organic Memory = 3. Associative Memory =
Results of Previous Experience registered in General Protoplasm. Results of Experience registered in Nerve Centers and Association Tracts.
4. Adaptive Responses = 4. Intelligence, Reason =
Results of Elimination of Useless Responses through Trial and Error. Results of Trial and Error plus Associative Memory, i. e. Experience.
5. Varied Responses 5. Inhibition, Choice, Will
Dependent upon Conflicting Stimuli and Physiological States. Dependent upon Associative Memory, Intelligence, Reason.
6. Identity = 6. Consciousness =
Continuity of Individual Organization. Continuity of Memory, Intelligence, Reason, Will.
 

Factors of Development

These are some of the facts of development—a very incomplete résumé of some of the stages through which a human being passes in the course of his development from the germ. What are the factors of development? By what processes is it possible to derive from a relatively simple germ cell the complexities of an adult animal? How can mind and consciousness develop out of the relatively simple psychical elements of the germ? These are some of the great problems of development—the greatest and most far-reaching theme which has ever occupied the minds of men.

Preformation.—When the mind is once lost in the mystery of this ever recurring miracle it is not surprising to find that there have been those who have refused to believe it possible and who have practically denied development altogether. The old doctrine of "evolution" as it was called by the scientists of the eighteenth century, or of preformation as we know it to-day held that all the organs or parts of the adult were present in the germ in a minute and transparent condition as the leaves and stem are present in a bud, or as the shoot and root of the little plant are present in the seed.[1] In the case of animals it was generally impossible to see the parts of the future animal in the germ, but this was supposed to be due to the smaller size of the parts and to their greater transparency, and with poor microscopes and good imagination some observers thought they could see the little animals in the egg or sperm, and even the little man, or "homunculus," was described and figured as folded up in one or the other of the sex cells.

  1. The little plant in the seed is itself the product of the development of a single cell, the ovule, in which no trace of a plant is present, but of course this fact was not known until after careful microscopical studies had been made of the earliest stages of development.