Refractions of Reality, or, What is Thinking Anyway?

  • John Mullarkey


Let’s begin with the passage from Matter and Memory that has guided this study throughout:

But, if we suppose centres of real, that is to say of spontaneous, activity, the rays which reach it, and which interest that activity, instead of passing through those centres, will appear to be reflected and thus to indicate the outlines of the object which emits them. There is nothing positive here, nothing added to the image, nothing new. The objects merely abandon something of their real action in order to manifest their virtual influence of the living being upon them. Perception therefore resembles those phenomena of reflexion which result from an impeded refraction.2


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© John Mullarkey 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Mullarkey
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  1. 1.University of DundeeScotland

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