Excerpt from Saint Thomas's Hospital Reports, 1890, Vol. 18: New Series
Let me first of all define the meaning I attach to the word Association, as a mental attribute or faculty. I can, perhaps, best express the sense in which I use the word by saying, that it is an appreciat... ion of the relation which facts or ideas bear to each other. Thus Association is begotten of Memory and Imagination; for without their co-operation it could have no existence. The most retentive memory, In the absence of imagination, is unproductive; and imagination, without memory, is either sterile, or its fruit is fantastic and unreal. The definition I have given is, perhaps, not a strictly philosophical one but it has the advantage of Simplicity and of serving my purpose.
The alliance which constitutes Association is sometimes obvious, sometimes Obscure in some instances real, in others fallacious. The ability to distinguish between true and delu sive associations is a very important ingredient in all pur suits, but especially SO in scientific studies. And I may here remark that it is not my intention to exclude from considera tion such associated circumstances as stand in the relation to each other of cause and effect. We may, for convenience.
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