Habit

Habit

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by William James
     
 

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"The beginner at the piano not only moves his finger up and down in order to depress the key, he moves the whole hand, the forearm and even the entire body, especially moving its least rigid part, the…  See more details below

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"The beginner at the piano not only moves his finger up and down in order to depress the key, he moves the whole hand, the forearm and even the entire body, especially moving its least rigid part, the head, as if he would press down the key with that organ too. Often a contraction of the abdominal muscles occurs as well. Principally, however, the impulse is determined to the motion of the hand and of the single finger. This is, in the first place, because the movement of the finger is the movement thought of, and, in the second place, because its movement and that of the key are the movements we try to perceive, along with the results of the latter on the ear. The more often the process is repeated, the more easily the movement follows, on account of the increase in permeability of the nerves engaged.
"But the more easily the movement occurs, the slighter is the stimulus required to set it up; and the slighter the stimulus is, the more its effect is confined to the fingers alone.

"Thus, an impulse which originally spread its effects over the whole body, or at least over many of its movable parts, is gradually determined to a single definite organ, in which it effects the contraction of a few limited muscles. In this change the thoughts and perceptions which start the impulse acquire more and more intimate causal relations with a particular group of motor nerves.

"To recur to a simile, at least partially apt, imagine the nervous system to represent a drainage-system, inclining, on the whole, toward certain muscles, but with the escape thither somewhat clogged. Then streams of water will, on the whole, tend most to fill the drains that go toward these muscles and to wash out the escape. In case of a sudden 'flushing,' however, the whole system of channels will fill itself, and the water overflow everywhere before it escapes. But a moderate quantity of water invading the system will flow through the proper escape alone.
"Just so with the piano-player. As soon as his impulse, which has gradually learned to confine itself to single muscles, grows extreme, it overflows into larger muscular regions. He usually plays with his fingers, his body being at rest. But no sooner does he get excited than his whole body becomes 'animated,' and he moves his head and trunk, in particular, as if these also were organs with which he meant to belabor the keys."

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ISBN-13:
2940012710581
Publisher:
OGB
Publication date:
12/02/2010
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NOOK Book
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222 KB

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Velvets in the hospital! What the crap!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I understand all of that Striking. They should have to be born back as kits though and trained up in the ways of the organization. And what about the thing I talked about with Lily's past with the group? Is that okay? And at this gathering I will round up the leaders and we can vote. I think we will at least try it but I don't want to regret it Striking. Your members would have to gather and agree to my terms. Otherwise there could be chaos. So you really want to rp Rose, Striking? You'll keep her active right? Just wondering cause it wouldn't be fair to Mouse if you rped her but not often. But as long as your active you could. Mouse yes she is and I would let you if Striking wasn't avaliable. ~ Lilywolf &hearts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hm, well, you see, I started an organisation (key word: organisation. I have my own functional clan already ^_^) and I have a plot I would like to include you in, the Pact Clans in general at least. It wouldn't affect you guys too much, especially to start seeing as you guys are having some difficulties. [If you wanna know more about the organisation, or my Clan, ask. My Clan is eight rl months old...damn, didn't realyze it was that old :o]. Anyway, they would be no large scale raids [NOT a Clan afterall...] and you would never see the same attacker twice [I found a way around that *-*]. There would also be no faces what so ever, because I hate trying to remembre that.<p> So here's what I'm asking. To be allowed to rp with you guys to create ripples and distrust in specific Clans for at most two days at any two week period of time, killing a maximum of one warrior, apprentise, or kit [we won't target queens ever so new kits can always be born (and as a side note from that, we would only be allowed to kill one kit from any litter until they are warriors) and I've yet to see elders much anyway]. Also, I'm asking to find one person within each Clan willing to be a spy, or rp a spy within the Clan [for HorseClan, I'm kinda hoping Amourpaw and you'll see why]. And I think that's it...so, peace out s<_>uckers (mdr, my new way of saying I'm done. Also, Dansk is the alias of Striking that is leader of the BF. And to tell me and my sis apart is our rp style. Like I talk in French more often and she sometimes. I also say 'duck' instead of 'f<_>uck' because I can).<p> ~&sect&tau&real&iota&zhcy&iota&pi<_>g &#12455<br> ~&Delta&alpha&pi&sect&zhcy &#12458