Boris Sidis

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Boris Sidis (October 12, 1867 - October 24, 1923) was a Ukraine-born American psychologist and psychiatrist.

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  • Suggestibility varies as the amount of disaggregation, and inversely as the unification of consciousness.
    • The Psychology of Suggestion: a Research into the Subconscious Nature of Man and Society (1889)
  • The course of evolution is to a greater integration of similarly functioning ganglia.
    • Multiple Personality: an Experimental Investigation into Human Individuality (1904)
  • The general tendency of evolution is from structure to function, from bondage to freedom of the individual elements.
    • Multiple Personality: an Experimental Investigation into Human Individuality (1904)
  • Science is the description of phenomena and the formulation of their relations.
    • The Foundations of Normal and Abnormal Psychology (1914)
  • The principle of recognition of evil under all its guises is at the basis of the true education of man.
    • Philistine and Genius (1919)
  • It is not the citizen, or a taxpayer, or voter, or office-holder, but the cultivated, free individual who is the true aim of all social progress.
    • The Source and Aim of Human Progress (1919)
  • No opinion should be disdained and scorned.
    • The Source and Aim of Human Progress (1919)
  • If society is to progress on a truly humanistic basis, without being subject to mental epidemics and virulent social diseases to which the subconscious falls an easy victim, the personal consciousness of every individual should be cultivated to the highest degree possible.
    • The Source and Aim of Human Progress (1919)
  • ...greatness of individuality is inversely proportional to the mass of the social aggregate.
    • The Source and Aim of Human Progress (1919)
  • A social aggregate which has chosen the fatal path of organic evolution must succumb to the same law of organic development to which all organisms are subject, namely greater and greater organization, increase of structure, greater differentiation, decrease of critical, personal, consciousness, loss of individual liberty, increased activity of the subconscious forces, falling into a state of somnambulism which can only be redeemed by revolution or by death.
    • The Source and Aim of Human Progress (1919)
  • If ceaseless vigilance is the price of liberty, more so is it true that ceaseless criticism of ever new opinions and ever new views, however distasteful, bizarre, and paradoxical, is the price of truth.
    • The Source and Aim of Human Progress (1919)
  • The freedom of the seemingly false opinion and our tolerance of it and our willingness to meet with it in the open help test the validity of truth while keeping alive the critical sense which is the main spring of all advancement of human thought and is the vital point, the very soul, of all human progress.
    • The Source and Aim of Human Progress (1919)
  • Self-preservation is the central aim of all life-activities.
    • Nervous Ills their Cause and Cure (1922)
  • The tendency of life is not the preservation of the species, but solely the preservation of each individual organism, as long as it is in existence at all, and is able to carry on its life processes.
    • Nervous Ills their Cause and Cure (1922)
  • The recognition, the diagnosis, and the preservation of psychopathic individuals account for the apparent increase of neurotics in civilized communities.
    • Nervous Ills their Cause and Cure (1922)
  • It is time that the medical and teaching profession should realize that functional neurosis is not congenital, not inborn, not hereditary, but is the result of a defective, fear-inspiring education in early child life.
    • Nervous Ills their Cause and Cure (1922)
  • Human institutions depend for their existence and stability on the impulse of self-preservation and its close associate, — the fear instinct.
    • Nervous Ills their Cause and Cure (1922)

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