chapter  21
5 Pages

A Theory of Communication

Artificial mysteries are as prevalent in unreflecting and even ^ 75^ in elaborately excogitated opinion upon communication as elsewhere. On the one hand are some who define communi­ cation as the actual transference of experiences in the strictest possible sense of transference - the sense in which a penny can be transferred from one pocket to another - and are led to most fantastic hypotheses. Blake seems sometimes to have believed that one single, the same, identical state of mind, imagined as a being or power, can occupy now one mind, now another, or many minds at once. Other thinkers, in less pic­ turesque manners, have fallen back upon no less transcenden­ tal considerations as necessities in the explanation of commu­ nication. We must suppose, it is alleged, that human minds are wider than we ordinarily believe, that parts o f one mind may pass over to become parts of another, that minds inter­ penetrate and intermingle, or even that particular minds are merely an illusory appearance and the underlying reality one mind whose facets or aspects are many. In this way it is easy to enter the maze. Probably some wanderings in it are unavoida­ ble for all speculative persons at some period of their mental development. The only escape from it is by the original entrance.