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Richard M. Bucke - Cosmic Consciousness

PSYCHOGENESIS OF MAN—ILLUSTRATED BY A FEW FACULTIES

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Name of Faculty

Approximate Average Age of Appearance in Man

Absent in what proportion of Adult Members of Race at Present Time

Time of Appearance of Faculty in Race

How far back does Faculty Reach into Prehuman forms?

With what Degree of Facility is the Faculty Lost in Man?

Memory

Few days after birth

None

Prehuman

To the Echinodermata

Only lost in deep sleep and coma; present in dreams

Simple Consciousness

Few days after birth

None

Prehuman

To the Echinodermata

Only lost in deep sleep and coma; present in dreams

Curiosity

Ten weeks

None

Prehuman

Insects and spiders

Only lost in deep sleep and coma; present in dreams

Use of Tools

Twelve months

None

Prehuman

Monkeys

Present in dreams

Shame

Fifteen months

None

Prehuman

Anthropoid apes and dogs

Present in dreams

Remorse

Fifteen months

None

Prehuman

Anthropoid apes and dogs

Present in dreams

Sense of Ludicrous

Fifteen months

None

Prehuman

Anthropoid apes and dogs

Present in dreams

Self Consciousness

Three years

In 1 in 1,000

300,000 years ago

Peculiar to man

Lost in coma, delirium, often in mania ; never present in dreams

Color Sense

Four years

In 1 in 47

30,000 or 40,000 years ago

Not in man's progenitors

Seldom present in dreams

Sense of Fragrance

Five years

?

?

Not in man's progenitors

Not present in dreams

Human Moral Nature

Fifteen years

In 1 in 20 or 25

10,000 years ago

Peculiar to man

Unstable—easily and constantly lost; not present in dreams

Musical Sense

Eighteen years

In more than half

Less than 5,000 years ago

Not in man's progenitors

Only occasionally present; hardly ever present in dreams, even in case of musicians

Cosmic Consciousness

Thirty-five years

In all but one in many millions

Just dawning now

Peculiar to man

Only present few seconds to few hours in any case ; then passes away of itself