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WILLIAM JAMES

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Undergraduate
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COPYRIGHT, 1890, BY

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HABIT

HABIT1

HEN we look at living creatures

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from an outward point of view, one of the first things that strike

us is that they are bundles of habits. In wild animals, the usual round of daily behavior seems a necessity implanted at birth in animals domesticated, and especially in man, it seems, to a great extent, to be the result of education. The habits to which there is an innate tendency are called instincts; some of those due to education would by most persons be called acts of reason. It thus appears that habit covers a very large part of life, and that one engaged in studying the objective manifestations of mind is

1 This chapter has already appeared in the Popular Science Monthly for February 1887.

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