Stream of consciousness
metaphor describing how thoughts seem to flow through the conscious mind
- "Consciousness, then, [is not] chopped up in bits. Such words as 'chain' or 'train' do not describe it fitly as it presents itself in the first instance. It is nothing jointed; it flows. A 'river' or a 'stream' are the metaphors by which it is most naturally described". (James, p239)
- James, William 1890. The principles of psychology. New York, Henry Holt. James the entire chapter IX to "The stream of thought".
- Hamilton, William 1859/61. (Henry L. Mansel and John Veitch eds) Lectures on metaphysics and logic. Edinburgh.
- In the Digha Nikaya. See Steven Collins, Selfless persons; imagery and thought in Theravāda Buddhism. Cambridge University Press, 1982, page 257.