Single Idea 21854

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / E. Direct Knowledge / 4. Memory]

Full Idea

Bergson has shown that memory is not an actual image which forms after the object has been perceived, but a virtual image coexisting with the actual perception of the object.

Gist of Idea

Bergson showed that memory is not after the event, but coexists with it


report of Henri Bergson (Matter and Memory [1896]) by Gilles Deleuze - The Actual and the Virtual p.114

Book Reference

Deleuze,Gilles: 'Dialogues II' [Continuum 2006], p.114

A Reaction

It strikes me as plausible to say that all conscious life is memory. Perceiving the present instant is only possible because it endures for a tiny moment.

Related Idea

Idea 6668 If the present does not exist, then consciousness must be memory of the immediate past [Marshall]