I was familiar with Process philosophy somewhat and a bit of Whitehead but I don’t remember ever encountering Bergson before today.
I’m surprised because so far what I’m reading ‘clicks’ well with me. I suspect the people I like have learned from people who learned Bergson’s stuff.-
I’m still looking for “my guy” — I have a few but haven’t yet. Maybe it would be McKenna at the end? Who knows. I go from flower to flower, stay for a bit, no idea where I’ll end up, feet full of sticky pollen from them all.
“he asked us to construe movement in terms of qualitative change, not as change that we measure after the fact and map onto space.”
ah yes, this is what I need right now.
Ah yes yes, this is something I’ve long complained about. (I can find old posts where I complain about this very exact thing. Oh good good. yes.
“When we ﬁgure time as a line, or a circle, time stops moving. We in-
advertently turn time into space. “Our ordinary logic,” Bergson writes,
“is a logic of retrospection. It cannot help throwing present realities . . .
back into the past, so that what is . . . must, in its eyes, always have been so. It will not admit that things spring up, that something is created and that time is efficacious. ”
“He proposes that discursive thought is itself a biological adaptation, one that overlays the real and gives the world to us in certain ways for pragmatic reasons. It presents an immobile world for us to master, projecting our thought through a grid of space, thrown out, Bergson says, like a net to collect and organize the heterogeneous and dynamic real, so that we can better act upon it and take control of it.”
I’m only on page 22 out of 247 but I am enjoying it so far. I don’t study philosophy much because I have a hard time reading things I disagree with. But so far I’m finding Henri Bergson surprisingly agreeable to how I already think. So far it is a pleasure.
“Evolution is not something that happens to life, Bergson proposes, it is life itself, a perpetually contingent movement of differentiation”