Thursday, 5 August 2010

a couple of quotes i've picked up today

'...experience is no mere additive process. Each individual experience is mirrored on an entire background of past experiences and each new experience is constantly interwoven into the fabric of the whole of the individual's experiential life. It is, therefore, possible to recall the whole of a long series of experiences at a particular moment without mentally reliving the entire series in the original span of time. Proof of this lies in the psychological experience of dreams where we relive whole experiences often in a few seconds.'

'the future,therefore, is not 'imperfectly anticipated'; it is known (or at least knowable), and this fact greatly enhances the aesthetic experience.

'Bergson has defined the experience of time as 'the continuous progress of the past, which gnaws into the future and which swells as it advances.' His concept of duration is similar in that it is 'a series of qualitative changes which melt into and permeate one another without precise outlines.'

'Thus Bergson gets away from the usual trimodal conception of time with its past future and present which have as little relation to true time as the points on our clocks which divide time into seconds, minutes and hours. These have only practical significance and have no relation to the qualitative conception of the time experience.'

Fleming, W. The Newer Concepts of Time and Their Relation to the Temporal Arts - The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Dec., 1945), pp. 101-106 Published by: Blackwell Publishing


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