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The Source of the Stream

In response to:

Sighting the Stream from the August 16, 2007 issue

To the Editors:

The source of “stream of consciousness” [Letters, NYR, August 16] seems to be Alexander Bain’s The Senses and the Intellect (1855), which refers to “sensations in one common stream of consciousness—in the same cerebral highway” (p. 359). It also surfaces in The Physiology of Common Life (1859) by George Henry Lewes (p. 61).

William C. Waterhouse

Professor of Mathematics

Penn State University

University Park, Pennsylvania

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