By J. Alexander Gunn, Aeterna Press

ISBN-10: 1426419732

ISBN-13: 9781426419737

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As we saw in the chapter on The Reality of Change, there can be strictly no states of consciousness, for consciousness is not static but dynamic. Language and conventional figures of speech, of which the word "state" itself is a good example, serve to cut up consciousness artificially, but, in reality, it is, as William James termed it, "a stream" and herein lies the essence of Bergson's dureethe Real as opposed to the False Time. "Pure Duration" (la duree pure), he says, "is the form which the succession of our conscious states assumes when our Ego lets itself live, when it refrains from separating its present state from its former states.

This is, of course, natural as the question at issue is one of very great importance, not merely as speculative, but also in the realm of action. " Can we will either of two or more possibilities which are put before us, or, on the other hand, is everything fixed, predestined in such a way that an all−knowing consciousness could foretell from our past what course our future action would take? The study of the physical sciences has led to a general acceptance of a principle of causality which is of such a kind that there seems no place in the universe for human freedom.

P. " These are, in a sense "terminal points" in the evolutionary process. Hence arises the distinction of plant and animal, one showing a tendency to unconscious torpor, the other manifesting a tendency towards movement and consciousness. Then again arises another divergence which gives rise to two paths or tendencies, one along the line of the arthropods, at the end of which come the ants and the bees with their instincts, and the other along the line of the vertebrates, at the end of which is man with his intelligence.

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