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COLLOIDAL BEHAVIOUR                           121
comes obvious that teachability and the structural tendency for forming engrams is a general characteristic of protoplasm.
All the examples given above show clearly that structure in general, and of colloids in particular, gives us a satisfactory basis for the understanding of the equivalence between occurrences which belonged formerly to 'chemistry' and those classified as 'physical', and ultimately between these and those we call 'mental'. Structure, and structure alone, gives not only the unique content of what we call 'knowledge', but also the bridge between the different classes of occurrences - a fact which, as yet, has not been fully understood.
To sum up: It is known that colloidal behaviour is exhibited by materials of very fine subdivision, the 'world of neglected dimensions', which involves surface activities and electrical characters of manifold and complex structure, and therefore the flexibility of gross macroscopic characteristics. It is well known that all life-processes, 'feelings', 'emotions', 'thought', semantic reactions, and so forth, involve at least electrical currents. As electrical currents and other forms of energy are able to affect the colloidal structure on which our physical characteristics depend, obviously 'feelings', 'emotions', 'thought'.; in general, s.r, which are connected with manifestations of energy, will also have some effect on our bodies, and vice versa. Colloidal structure supplies us with an extremely flexible mechanism with endless possibilities.
When we analyse the known empirical facts from a structural point of view, we find not only the equivalence which was mentioned before, but we must, also, legitimately consider the so-called 'mental', 'emotional', and other semantic and nervous occurrences in connection with manifestations of energy which have a powerful influence on the colloidal behaviour, and so ultimately on the behaviour of our organisms as-a-whole. Under such environmental conditions, we must take into account all energies which have-been discovered, semantic reactions not excluded, as all such energies have structural effect. As language is one of the expressions of one of these energies, we ought to find it quite natural that the structure of language finds its reflection in the structure of the environmental conditions which are dependent on it.
Until lately, the disregard of colloidal science and of structure in general has greatly retarded advance in biology, psychiatry, and other sciences. Biology, for instance, has mostly studied 'life' where none existed; namely, in death. If we study corpses, we study death, not life, and life is a function of living cells. The living cell is semi-fluid, and all the forces which act in colloidal solutions and constitute colloidal