Exports and Imports
Education, Commerce, Lecturing, Display, Exhibitions
Compares the human mind to a merchant 'who exports to foreign countries the produce and the manufactures of his own; and imports from them such commodities as are found to be useful and convenient at home'. Describes the eye and ear as the chief 'avenues to the mind': 'Instruction by lectures takes in the eye and the ear, as in the case of philosophical experiments, where both these organs are employed'. (15) Gives instructions on how the 'mental merchant' should operate (16). Provides fictional examples to illustrate these, including the following: 'Crispus has often attended lectures on astronomy, and from seeing the apparatus, and hearing the lucid explanations of the professor, the eye and the ear of Crispus imported so much useful matter, that he was able to commit to paper a good abstract of the entire subject; and one evening lately, he entertained a whole company by reading it to them' (17–18).
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