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  • n. Plural form of impulse.


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  • As Charles imagines I am carried away by what he calls impulses, I did not answer your letter at once, and I have been thinking as much as I can.

    More Pages from a Journal

  • [Transcriber's note: There are three pages (224-226) missing from the source document.] as not to awake him, the sleeping man shall dream of what has been so whispered in his ear; nay, I can assure you, those insinuating devils can do this even when we are awake, which I call impulses of the mind: for from whence, but from these insinuators, come our causeless passions, involuntary wickedness, or sinful desires?

    The Life and Most Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner (1801)

  • The total movement of desire is not always stirred simultaneously with what we call the impulses to the satisfaction even of the lasting bodily demands; it may refuse assent to the idea of eating or drinking until reason gives the word: this shows us desire — the degree of it existing in the living body — advancing towards some object, with Nature [the lower soul-phase] refusing its co-operation and approval, and as sole arbiter between what is naturally fit and unfit, rejecting what does not accord with the natural need.

    The Six Enneads.

  • Basically the signals that tell the brain that we are being stroked on the skin have their own direct route to the brain, and are not blocked even if the brain is receiving pain impulses from the same area.

    The Benefits of Tickling

  • Let me add another point: in reality, the upper limit on our lefty socializing impulses is probably a situational and competitive limit rather than an absolute one.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Case for Ever-Bigger Government

  • Yet the poetic commitment to life, the zeal to feel its impulses, is much stronger and more enduring than any contract linking any mortal to a legal system and to the many lawyers who make a living off those who think breaking the law is a way of life.

    hatto fischer | poetry & politics « poetry dispatch & other notes from the underground

  • The suit reads the tiny electrical impulses from the muscles, sending them to the onboard processor which in turn activates the corresponding servos in the suit.

    An exoskeleton system that provides super human strength? Be afraid Dave. : about:blank

  • Daniel Nemet-Nejat: John Sloss embodies the twin impulses of the Sundance Film Festival: He loves to nurture specialized films, and he thrives on the art of the deal.

    GreenCine Daily: Slouching Towards Park City, 1/17.

  • To hear these women talk about sleeping with men for reasons that have nothing to do with sexual impulses is to understand something essential about women, and about why they have been so easily exploited by men for sex.

    The Sanguine Sex

  • AO Scott on Georgia Rule: Working against its maudlin impulses with lively humor, and at the same time undercutting its laughs with some hard, ugly themes, this movie is neither a standard weepie nor a comforting dramedy.

    GreenCine Daily: Shorts, 5/11.


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