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The restriction of studies of human intellect and character to studies of conscious states was not without influence on a scientific studies of animal psychology.
Amongst the minds of animals that of man leads, not as a demigod from another planet, but as a king from the same race.
From the lowest animals of which we can affirm intelligence up to man this type of intellect is found.
Dogs get lost hundreds of times and no one ever notices it or sends an account of it to a scientific magazine.
On the whole, the psychological work of the last quarter of the nineteenth century emphasized the study of consciousness to the neglect of the total life of intellect and character.
The dog, on the other hand, has few or no ideas because his brain acts in coarse fashion and because there are few connections with each single process.
For origin and development of human faculty we must look to these processes of association in lower animals.
Psychology helps to measure the probability that an aim is attainable.
Some statements concern the conscious states of the animal, what he is to himself as an inner life; others concern his original and acquired ways of response, his behavior, what he is an outside observer.
It will, of course, be understood that directly or indirectly, soon or late, every advance in the sciences of human nature will contribute to our success in controlling human nature and changing it to the advantage of the common weal.
Human education is concerned with certain changes in the intellects, characters and behavior of men, its problems being roughly included under these four topics: Aims, materials, means and methods.
This growth in the number, speed of formation, permanence, delicacy and complexity of associations possible for an animal reaches its acme in the case of man.
The real difference between a man’s scientific judgments about himself and the judgment of others about him is he has added sources of knowledge.
Human beings are accustomed to think of intellect as the power of having and controlling ideas and of ability to learn as synonymous with ability to have ideas. But learning by having ideas is really one of the rare and isolated events in nature.
So the animal finally performs in that situation only the fitting act.