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Bergson, Henri - Matter and Memory - Perception, how does it work?



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Henri Bergson – Matter and Memory

The whole difficulty of the problem that occupies us comes from the fact that we imagine perception to be a kind of photographic view of things, taken from a fixed point by that special apparatus which is called an organ of perception – a photograph which would then be developed in the brain matter by some unknown chemical and psychical process of elaboration. 

But is it not obvious that the photograph, if photograph there be, is already taken, already developed in the very heart of things and at all points in space? 

No metaphysics, no physics even, can escape this conclusion.

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Bergson, Henri

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