Alfred Binet was a French psychologist mostly known as the creator of the first practical intelligence test, the Binet-Simon scale. A distinguished scholar, in the 21 year period during his career, Binet published more than 200 books, articles, and reviews in what now would be called experimental, developmental, educational, social, and differential psychology. “The Mind and the Brain” is one of them.
Published in 1907, this book is a prolonged effort to establish a distinction between what is called mind and what is called matter. Nothing is more simple than to realise this distinction when you do not go deeply into it; nothing is more difficult when you analyse it a little. At first sight, it seems impossible to confuse things so far apart as a thought and a block of stone; but on reflection this great contrast vanishes, and other differences have to be sought which are less apparent and of which one has not hitherto dreamed.
We are glad to present you the work of one of the great French psychologist, whose ideas have heavily influenced a vast array of scholars. Enjoy the reading!