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Is the imagination an essential part of the mind? Why or why not?
The imagination is not an essential part of the mind - we can still exist if we do not imagine.
What does the mind do in understanding? What does the mind do in imagining?
In understanding, the mind turns inward on itself. In imagining, the mind turns outward toward the body.
The source of sensory ideas resembles __________. Why?
The source of sensory ideas resembles the ideas themselves, because they come to us involuntarily and much more vividly than perceptions we consciously create on our own.
What is the primary attribute of the body?
Extension is the primary attribute of the body.
Define "extension"
"Extension" means extended in space, so a body is anything that occupies space.
What do imagination and sensory perception have in common?
Both imagination and sensory perception are nodes of thought.
Can the Meditator conceive of himself without imagination or sensory perception? Are imagination and sensory perception essential to him?
No, we cannot conceive of ourselves without either, so they are not essential.
What do imagination and sensory perception need to exist?
Imagination and sensory perception need a mind to contain them.
Sensory perception is an active faculty or a passive faculty?
Sensory perception is a passive faculty. There must be some active cause that creates them, and they must exist outside of us.
________ are meant to inform us as to what is beneficial and what is harmful.
The senses are meant only to inform us as to what is beneficial and what is harmful. In that respect, they are perfectly clear and distinct.
Is the mind divisible or indivisible? Explain.
The mind is indivisible. There are different faculties: the imagination, the will, the intellect, etc., but these are not different parts of the mind.
What can dispel the doubt in the Dream Argument? How?
Our memory can dispel the doubt in the dream argument. Any waking experience can be connected through memory to all other waking experiences.
What do we use to double check our sensory perceptions?
We can use our intellect or our memory to double check our sensory perceptions.
What is used to connect a waking experience with all other waking experiences?
Any waking experience can be connected through memory to all other waking experiences.
How do things happen in dreams?
Things happen in dreams in a random, disconnected manner.
How is the Meditator safe from erroneous judgment?
The Meditator is safe from erroneous judgment by applying his mind correctly.
Distinguish primary qualities from secondary qualities.
Primary qualities are clearly and distinctly perceived. These include size, shape, and texture. Secondary qualities can be perceived obscurely and confusedly. The Meditator can be misled with regards to secondary qualities.
Sensory perception uses __________, while intellectual perception uses the __________.
Sensory perception uses the imagination, while intellectual perception uses the understanding.
What are the intellect and the will meant for?
The intellect and the will are meant to judge what is true and false
What are the senses meant for?
The senses are only meant to help us get by in the world – they are not equipped for accurate judgment.
Explain why our senses go wrong.
While the senses can give us good clues as to what the world is like, the intellect is best used as the tool for pursuing the truth about the nature of the body.