By David Kreps

It is a booklet approximately evolution from a post-Darwinian standpoint. It recounts the center rules of French thinker Henri Bergson and his rediscovery and legacy within the poststructuralist severe philosophies of the Sixties, and explores the confluences of those principles with these of complexity conception in environmental biology.

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So, if perception – linked to the perception-action flow in a biological chain from the external object on the periphery to the action centre in the brain, and thereby back through the nervous system into action – is limited to what is useful, and is essentially physical – a part of the material world, and something which is interrupted by consciousness in order that a choice may be made – what, then, is consciousness? For Bergson it can only be something that is not material, that is different in kind from the matter that it interrupts, albeit but one side of the coin of existence.

The question, 42 Bergson, Complexity and Creative Emergence in short, comes down to this: the fact that activity can be measured with functional MRI (fMRI) scanning when a subject stares at a screen with the word ‘Ketchup’ on it is not proof that the memory of the word ‘Ketchup’ exists in some representation of ‘Ketchup’ in some bioelectrical form within the brain – be it a neural sheet of paper in a neurological filing cabinet or a series of blocks of 0s and 1s on a hippocampal hard disk. Neither image is sufficient for the sheer quantity of what memory is capable of, nor is the concept of such representationalism – the world of the past represented as files in the brain – philosophically sound.

Now, there are, for Bergson, two forms of memory. ’82 Thus, there is the form of memory that can perhaps best be understood as habit – something that has been learned and need no longer be conscious. But there is another form of memory that brings to consciousness distinct recollections of specific events. These two kinds of memory differ fundamentally with regard to action: the former indeed is more properly understood as part of the present, an action in the now that the body has recorded through practice; the latter exists only in the past, has no engagement with action or the body in the present.

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