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It is a publication approximately evolution from a post-Darwinian standpoint. It recounts the middle principles of French thinker Henri Bergson and his rediscovery and legacy within the poststructuralist serious philosophies of the Sixties, and explores the confluences of those principles with these of complexity conception in environmental biology.
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It should be remembered that most of these distinctions are about aspects of the real that are interpenetrating, indivisible, and only posited as discrete for the purpose of better understanding. g. g. light relative knowledge – intellect 30 Bergson, Complexity and Creative Emergence related to their more measurable external causes they may be said to be. So – albeit that they usually appear in combination – an understanding of the difference in kind between affective and representative sensations offers us an argument for the nature of consciousness to be something fundamentally qualitative, and fundamentally multiple.
71 Our relationship with the objects we perceive is directly related to what actions we may or may not perform in relation to them – from what is good to eat to what we need to avoid bumping into. His notion of the ‘image,’ too, requires an understanding of the flow of the durée réelle and the nature of choice for it to become clear. Objects in the ‘real’ world that our scientific analysis can describe and which impact upon each other, when perceived by us, can only ever be less than they are in their totality in order for a perception of them to reach us.
Yet, in conscious terms, as common sense can clearly grasp, if we instead conceive of time in terms of duration, time is not reversible at all – or only in the novels of H. G. Wells and the fantasies of science fiction. So it is not just the confusion of quantity and quality, as seen in the discussion of the intensity of conscious states, but also the confusion of time and space in our conception of number, that characterises our intellectual misunderstandings of the real, in Bergson’s thesis. Teasing out the distinctions between quality and quantity, between time and space, between affective and representative sensations, between time conceived spatially and reversibly and the lived experience of irreversible duration, Bergson shows us that the confusions in philosophy, and in 34 Bergson, Complexity and Creative Emergence the perspectives of mechanistic science, derive from thinking of the one half of these pairs in the terms of the other.