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"thinking." Many utterly defy our efforts to recall them at all.
And beyond all there is a limitless volume of sense-impressions to which we have never given even a passing thought, which we have never even perceived when they occurred, of which we have never at any time been conscious, which would perhaps fail of recognition, even if recalled, which would seem to us a sort of mysterious forecast rather than a memory, and yet which constitute altogether by far the greater part of our experiential life.
We want you to do more than merely grasp the sense of these paragraphs. We want you to comprehend their present significance to you. We want you to feel, to know, that your mind is

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this vast and complex mechanism. We want you to picture to yourself your mind at this moment as the repository of all your past experience.
Just what facts of experience shall be dissociated and shunted off into inactivity and forgetfulness, what ones shall receive some slight passing notice, and what ones shall be emphasized and dwelt upon in consciousness to the exclusion of all else-all this is determined by Interest and Attention.
Now, attention may be conscious or unconscious; it may be voluntary or involuntary. It is regulated not so much by the will, as commonly understood, as by desire, conscious or unconscious. It is the creature of self-interest. Whatever is related to your interest

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