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" Instead of thoughts of concrete things patiently following one another in a beaten track of habitual suggestion, we have the most abrupt cross-cuts and transitions from one idea to another, the most rarefied abstractions and discriminations, the most... "
Creativity: Theories and Themes: Research, Development, and Practice - Page 22
by Mark A. Runco - 2010 - 504 pages
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The Will to Believe: And Other Essays in Popular Philosophy

William James - 1896 - 332 pages
...treadmill-like operations of their minds. But turn to the highest order of minds, and what a change ! Instead of thoughts of concrete things patiently following...rarefied abstractions and discriminations, the most unheard-of combinations of elements, the subtlest associations of analogy ; in a word, we seem suddenly...
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The Will to Believe: And Other Essays in Popular Philosophy

William James - 1896 - 360 pages
...treadmill-like operations of their minds. \ But turn to the highest order of minds, and what a change! Instead of thoughts of concrete things patiently following...habitual suggestion, we have the most abrupt cross-cuts i and transitions from one idea to another, the most Warefied abstractions and discriminations, the...
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Linguistic Development and Education

Michael Vincent O'Shea - 1907 - 347 pages
...experiences to others. James 1 has described the figurative type of mind, and I may quote his words: " Instead of thoughts of concrete things patiently following...rarefied abstractions and discriminations, the most unheard-of combinations of elements, the subtlest associations of analogy; in a word, we seem suddenly...
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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 46

1880
...treadmill-like operations of their minds. But turn to the highest order of minds, and what a change ! Instead of thoughts of concrete things patiently following...rarefied abstractions and discriminations, the most unheard-of combinations of elements, the subtlest associations of analogy ; in a word, we seem suddenly...
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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 46

1880 - 892 pages
...operations of their minds. But turn to the highest order of mink, and what a change ! Instead of thought! of concrete things patiently following one another...transitions from one idea to another, the most rarefied abstraction« and discriminations, the most unheard-of combinations of elements, the subtlest associations...
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Methodology and Epistemology for Social Sciences: Selected Papers

Donald T. Campbell - 1988 - 609 pages
...the "excessive instability" of their brains. "But turn to the highest order of minds, what a change! Instead of thoughts of concrete things patiently following...and transitions from one idea to another, the most rarified abstractions and discriminations, the most unheard-of combinations of elements ... a seething...
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The Nature of Creativity: Contemporary Psychological Perspectives

ROBERT J. ED. STERNBERG - 1988 - 468 pages
...William James (1880, p. 456) described the thinking patterns of "the highest order of minds" in this way: Instead of thoughts of concrete things patiently following...beaten track of habitual suggestion, we have the most rarefied abstractions and discriminations, the most unheard of combination of elements, the subtlest...
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Metaphors in the History of Psychology

David E. Leary - 1994 - 383 pages
...for granted" (p. 456). "But turn to the highest order of mind, and what a change!" (p. 456). Here, "instead of thoughts of concrete things patiently...another in a beaten track of habitual suggestion," there are "the most abrupt cross-cuts and transitions from one idea to another, the most rarefied abstractions...
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William James's Radical Reconstruction of Philosophy

Charlene Haddock Seigfried - 1990 - 433 pages
...is contrasted to the creativity of the seething cauldron of metaphorical thinking. In such thinking "we have the most abrupt cross-cuts and transitions from one idea to another...the most unheard-of combinations of elements, the subtlest associations of analogy; in a...
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Genius and Eminence

Robert S. Albert - 1992 - 410 pages
...of the genius, James had said in 1880: "But turn to the highest order of minds, and what a change! Instead of thoughts of concrete things patiently following...track of habitual suggestion, we have the most abrupt cross cuts and transitions from one idea to another, the most rarefied abstractions and discriminations,...
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