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After a little examination we shall find that all the objects to which we attribute a continued existence have a peculiar constancy that distinguishes them from the impressions ·that we don’t regard as existing continuously, through gaps in our perception, because we think that their· existence depends on our perception. The mountains and houses and trees that I see at this moment have always appeared to me in the same order, and when I lose sight of them by shutting my eyes or turning my head I soon after find them return to me without the least alteration. My bed and table, my books and papers, present themselves in the same uniform manner, and don’t change because of interruptions in my seeing or perceiving them. This is the case with all the impressions whose objects are supposed to have an external existence, and it doesn’t hold for any other impressions, whether gentle or violent, voluntary or involuntary.

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