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However, a careful reading of Mein Kampf reveals that Hitler believed he was fighting for no less a common good than the preservation of mankind (pp. 52, 65, 84, 175, 581, 593). German nationalism, for him, was related to this goal; it was a means to it. H e said of the Social Democratic Party that "mankind must rid the world of her as soon as possible, or otherwise the world might easily be rid of mankind" (p. 52). H e talked similarly of the Jews (p. 84). H e linked domination by Germany with the preservation of mankind and justified it in these cryptic terms: W e all sense that in the distant future problems could approach man for the conquest of which only a highest race, as the master nation, based upon the means and the possibilities of an entire globe, will b e called upon.
These investigators composed an animated cartoon, one frame of which is shown in Fig. 2-9. In the film, the three solid figures—the large triangular unit ( T ) , the small triangular unit ( 0 , and the small circular unit (c)—move in and out and around and within the larger broken rectangular figure, sometimes making contact with each other and with the rectangular figure. A large majority of the 34 people to whom the film was originally shown and who were asked to report on it interpreted the triangular and circular units as animated beings (usually as human), and most reported a con nected story that integrated the entire sequence of action.
Many patterns of stimulation ordinarily elicit one and only one percept. These percepts are stable and are the same for all perceivers. Yet they are no less the products of subjective processes. For example, a solid cube-shaped object will always be seen as a cube under normal viewing conditions. But a cube is three-dimensional, while the stimulation it excites on our retina can only be two-dimensional since the retina for all practical intent is a two-dimensional surface. The perceptual depth of the object is somehow 34 Cognitive Dynamics organized through the human nervous system.