Bergson and the holographic theory of mind
Keywords:Bergson, holography, time, perception, memory, cognition, qualia
Deposited by:Dr Stephen E Robbins
Date of Issue:2006
Journal/Publication Title:Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
Alternative URL:http://www.stephenerobbins.com/Articles/Bergson and the holographic.pdf
Abstract:Bergson’s model of time (1889) is perhaps the proto-phenomenological theory. It is part of a larger model of mind (1896) which can be seen in modern light as describing the brain as supporting a modulated wave within a holographic field, wherein subject and object are differentiated not in terms of space, but of time. Bergson’s very concrete model is developed and deepened with Gibson’s ecological model of perception. It is applied to the problems of consciousness, direct realism, qualia and illusions. The model implies an entirely different basis for memory and cognition, and a brief overview is given for the basis of direct memory, compositionality and systematicity.