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By Henri Bergson

"The fullest expression of the prestigious French philosopher’s principles in regards to the that means of lifestyles seem during this prolonged essay, his most famed and influential paintings. In propounding his designated idea of evolution, Bergson considers nature and intelligence, examines mechanisms of proposal and phantasm, and provides a feedback of philosophical platforms from these of the ancients to these of his 19th-century contemporaries."

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Yet succession is an undeniable fact, even in the Though our reasoning on isolated systems may imply that their history, past, present and future, might be instantaneously unfurled like a fan, this history, in point of fact, unfolds itself gradually, as if it occupied a duration like our own. If I want to mix a glass of sugar and water, I must, willy-nilly, wait material world. This little fact is big with meaning. For here the time I have to wait is not that mathematical time which would apply equally well to the entire history of the material world, even if that history were spread out instantaneously in space.

But Doubtless, my present state is even a superhuman intelligence would not have been able to foresee the simple indivisible form, which gives DURATION 9 to these purely abstract elements their concrete organization. For to foresee consists of projecting into the future what has been perceived in the past, or of imagining for a later time a new grouping, in a new order, of elements already perceived. But that which has never been perceived, and which is at the same time simple, necessarily unforeseeable.

Should we wish to find a term of comparison in the inorganic world, it is not to a determinate material object, but much rather to the totality of the material universe that ganism. It is we ought to compare the living or- true that the comparison would not be for a living being is observable, whilst the worth much, whole of the universe is constructed or reconstructed by thus have been thought. But at least our attention woW ORGANIZED BODIES ig called to the essential character of organization.

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