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PAGE FOUR THE CATALINA @ (Sunshine Psychology Service) "For centuries the Chinese have re- alized that the easiest way to cure dis- ease is to prevent it. Physical defects can be remedied before they cause 'nervous breakdowns.' But we all put forth very little effort to remedy our disorganizing thoughts and emotions-- forces that cause more 'nervous wrecks' than all the poisons of the world." "'Why are you interested in psy- chology?' a man asked me the other day. So I told him that the word means 'mind-knowledge,' or the sci- ence of human conduct. Human ac- tions are the things we do with our hands, etc.; but the motives for doing things, they seem to operate through our imaginations--before any part of our bodies move." " 'Like attracts like' is an old say- ing. Old enough to make us all some- times doubt if it is true. 'Like' not only attracts things like unto itself, in the metaphysical reahn, but it attracts many other 'forces' that are not like itself. Thoughts that are beneficial are oftentimes crowded by thoughts that are ugly, which come from the sub-conscious activities. Think it over !" "Imagination is more or less the na- tural rudder for human motives. The man without imagination does not have much, 'reasoning ability.' 'Experiences' are filed away in our sub-conscious minds for future reference; but is reasoning that process of thought that tells us theoretically that heat above 115 degrees F. will burn the flesh ? To ignorantly burn the flesh may be called knowledge acquired by experience. *** "Must you have romance? What are you? and why? There is suffi- cient 'problem' to tax your Imagination for the next ten years! Can you vis- ualize your cave-man progehitors ? Wonld your pre-historic brother envy you? He would." *llt* "When we stop to puzzle over our problems are we consciously trying to find a remedy for them? The man who always keeps plugging along with- out stopping, seldom takes the oppor- tunity to 'stand off to look what is wrong with him.' " (tiIc * "Suppose ten men start out to race in rowboats. Five of them turn back because they have changed their MO- TIVES. They may be panting from the exercise but the man who wins the race is the man who combined his physical energy with his motives, and kept his eye on the winning post." "You hear a great deal about the f'sychology of Success. Arthur Bris- bane says: 'Enthusiasm is one great factor in Success.' What is back of ENTHUSIASM ? There is nothing back of it that you can tear apart with your hands, yet, without MOTIVE there would be no enthusiasm." "Education should commence by get- ting acquainted with the motives that start action. That act is the outward manifestation of the motive, plus all of the side influences that flow into the main channel of motivation. The motive has already passed through the process of hnagination when we move a foot or lift a hand. Motive is the intent with which we do things." *** "Education in mataphysical know- ledge can be symbolized as a form of. 'grafting' additional motives to the ones that we have already acquired. Those impulses of kindness, loyalty, friendship and love we organize and develop, and those impulses of hate, greed, avarice and spite we seggre- gate until they are routed by the stronger organization. In the organi- zation of 'good impulses' we recognize our Ideal of American Citizenship." III I1~ ,It "Nature is harmonious. Sunshine or Clouds. Heat or Cold. Light or Dark. Solid or Liquid. Physical or Meta- physical. And, to quote one psycholo- gist, 'Life itself is not static--not something that was once something different--not a past left behind, and a future spread out in front; it is a single continuous movement, carrying all its past with it and pressing for- ward into a future which it is forever creating .... Life, fed from within rather from without . . . '" Ill 11~ Ip "Another scientist once said that Science is but 'A reading by the human mind of the thoughts of the Infinite Mind.' That is quite interesting to our little group of students who see thoughts in complete mental pictures and not in single words." *llt* "Let us not conflict psychology with religion, creeds, or ethics. The codes of morals change with every genera- tion. The basic motives in human con- duct seem to have been the same for thousands of years." *** "And, folks, we have all quit eating Crawfish at Catalina because that kind of 'fish' is now 'outa season.' Crawfish may have been the cause of some of the heavy thoughts we have expressed in these columns during the past winter." FOURTH STATE OF MATTER By Dr. Edwin E. Slosson Director, Science Service, Washington. Now that the kids on roller skates are talking familiarly about vacuum tubes and electron streams, and not merely talking about them but playing with them, it is interesting to turn back the pages of history to the time when these things were new, and no- body in the world perceived their sig- nificance but one man, and he but dimly. We do not have to turn back very far---only 35 years, when Win. Crookes exhibited the vacuum tubes tha'~ were afterwards known by his name. He found that when he exhausted the air as completely as possible from a glass tube, and then passed an electric cur- rent into it by platinum poles stuck through the glass, that there proceeded from the negative pole or cathode a curious kind of a ray. Where the ray started from the cathode disk it was for a space dark and invisible; further on it became a beam of bluish light, and where this struck the opposite side of the tube it made a greenish glowing spot on the glass. That this ray was not ordinary light he proved by hohl- Jug a magnet up to the tube, for the cathode ray was curved ouli of its course by the magnetic force and could be turned in any direction, instead of going obstinately straight ahead, as a conunon ray light does in a vacuum. Such experiments with the "Crookes' tubes" amused the public and amazed the scientists. Everybody adnfired Crookes' skill as a glass blower, and wondered how he got a little windmill inside a sealed tube, even as the King of England wondered how the apple got into the dumpling. But when Crookes claimed that he had in his tubes "a fourth state of matter," and a new kind of radiation and a connect- ing link between matter and energy, his scientific colleagues were skeptical. They felt that he had gone too far, and had become a monomaniac on the subject--had, in short, got vacuum on the brain. There were only three states of matter, as everybody knew-- solid, liquid and gaseous. To have a fourth state the atom must be split, and the very name of "atom" meant something that could not be split. This man Crookes never had a university education anyhow, and he was the son of a tailor, and he said he had seen spirits in the seance room, and alto- gether it was a bit cheeky of him to bring forward such upsetting ideas on such empty evidence as a vacuum tube. But Crookes always had the courage of his convictions, and in this case proved himself a true prophet. Two passages quoted from his 1879 address- es in the "Life of Sir William Crook- es," by Fournier d'Albe, just published, will show how astonishingly he antici- (Continued on Page 9, Column 1) After Every Meal It's lhe eonleelion you ean --and it's a to gestion and a lor the and leell pleasln'~o AVALON CHURCHES Catholic Church services: Masses, 8 and 10 a. m. ing devotions, 7:30 p. m. Mass, 7:30 a. m. Christian Science Society their bungalow meeting house, Metropole avenue, Sunday at 11 Sunday School at 9:30 a. m. day evening service at 8 p. m. I lit lit Congregational Church Sunday School, 9:30 a. m.; and Sermon, 10:30 a. m.; Endeavor, 6:00 p. m.; Worship Sermon, 7:00 p. m.; Mid-week 7:00 p. m., Wednesday. cordially invited to all services. Catalina will give you the your life. Come to Catalina. BOATMEN AND B( Any of the following Catalina men will furnish amateur an light tackle if they so desire: Boatmen John Edmundson S. J. Goulding Smith Warren Hugh MacKay Parker Pence "Yellowtail John" Tad Grey Harry E. Nichols J. J. Bates L. Mott M. Foster Enos Vera Fred Arce O. I. Danielson " A. E. Eaton Capt. Nordquist O. W, Cole Myrtle F. Ashbridge Grace IL C. Wiekman Maitland B. D. Halstead Barney John Wegmann Dixie Elmer E. Anderson Andy Alex Adargo Keywe Launch# Adelaide Ruth Fortuna Manana Shorty Dragon Swastika Vera Helen B. Mable F. Sunbeam Carrie Ethel Letta D. teona Vampire COMFORTABLE HANDSO THE "MABEL F" The fastest launch in Avalon, and the launch with a record BIG FISH. L. MOTT, Box 1042, Avalon. Booth on Pleasure Should you miss you~ steamer, or care to ross to San Pedro by launch, let me know. Phones 61048 Main 1048 PRIVATE ivY H. OVERHOLZER FUNERAL DIRECTOR 958 South Hill St., Cor. Tenth Lady Attendant Los Angeles,