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- n. Plural form of vibratiuncle.
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Mill's ideas would have more apparent connection if they could be made to correspond to 'vibratiuncles' or physical processes of some kind.
When people are informed that all thought is explained by vibrations and “vibratiuncles” of the brain, and that what they consider their arms and legs are not arms and legs but ideas, then, says the lecturer, they will pardonably identify Philosophy with Lunacy.
Hartley, in his mechanism of the human mind, propagates the sensations by means of vibrations, and by miniature vibrations, which, in a Roman form for such miniatures, he terms _vibratiuncles_.
For, except that I am staggered about original genius, I own I conceive with Hartley, that early impressions and associations are all in all: his vibrations and vibratiuncles are quite satisfactory.
It is fashionable to smile at Hartley's vibrations and vibratiuncles; and his work has been re-edited by Priestley, with the omission of the material hypothesis.