"My mind to me a kingdom is." - Epictetus
"The mind's the measure of the man." - Watts
"As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." - Jesus
"The man does not contain the mind: the mind contains the man." - Socrates
"In the universe there is nothing great but man: in the man there is nothing great but mind." - Aristotle
In the brief articles which will make up this series, my objective will be to present, in the shortest, plainest, and most practical manner, methods which, in my experience, and that of many others who have been more or less under my influence, have seemed to be conducive to increased mental efficiency.
It is said that there is no royal road to learning; and while in a sense this is true, it is also true that, in all things, even in mind training, there is a right way and a wrong way - or rather, there is one right way, and there are a thousand wrong ways.
Now, it seems to me, after trying most of the wrong ways, I have found what I believe to be the right way, and I shall try to expound it to you in these articles. You need not expect an essay on psychology or a series of dissertations upon the "faculties of the mind" for there will be nothing of the kind.
On the other hand, I shall, so far as possible, avoid textbook terms and the textbook tone - both of which are quite absurd and quite futile. I shall try to give you bare facts. I shall try to give you plain directions, stripped of all verbal and pseudo-scientific flummery, for the acquisition of mental activity and mental supremacy.
W. R. C. Latson, M.D., New York City