Creative Evolution (Classic Reprint)
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In the writing of this English translation of Professor Bergson smost important work, I was helped by the friendly interest of Professor William James, to whom I owe the illumination of much that was dark to me as well as the happy rendering of certain words and phrases for which an English equivalent was difficult to find. His sympathetic appreciation of Professor Bergson sthought is well known, and he has expressed his admiration for it in one of the chapters of A Pluralistic Universe. It was his intention, had he lived to see the completion of this translation, himself to introduce it to English readers in a prefatory note. I wish to thank my friend, Dr. George Clarke Cox, for many valuable suggestions. I have endeavoured to follow the text as closely as possible, and at the same time to preserve the living union of diction and thought. Professor Bergson has himself carefully revised the whole work. We both of us wish to acknowledge the great assistance of Miss Millicent Murby. She has kindly studied the translation phrase by phrase, weighing each word, and her revision has resulted in many improvements.
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and to what extent it symbolizes them, there trines is it nothing in it that is irreconcilable with the dochas claimed to replace, even with that of special usually opposed. For this reason we think the language of transformism forces itself now upon all philosophy, as the dogmatic affirmation of creations to which ; it is transformism forces itself upon science. But then, we must no longer speak of life in general as an abstraction, or as a mere heading under which nil TRANSFORMISM 31
carve out of it. Now, what is true of the production of a new species is also true of the production of a new individual, and, more generally, of any moment of any living form. For, though the variation must reach a certain importance and a certain generality in order to give rise to a new species, it is being produced every moment, continuously and insensibly, in every living being. And it is evident that even the sudden "mutations" which we now hear of are possible only if a process of
the caterpillars of certain lepidoptera, under the inactively fluence of light, fix the carbon of the carbonic acid contained in the atmosphere (M. von Linden, "L'Assimilation de 1'acide carboniquc par les chrysalides de Lepidopteres," C, R. de la Soc. de biologic, 1905. pp. 692 ff.). CREATIVE EVOLUTION 128 sum of potential energy accumulated and disposable. As a matter of fact, the principal source of energy usable on the surface of our planet is the sun. So the problem was this: to
carbohydrates are distributed very unequally, and this inequality of distribution seems to us in the highest degree instructive. arterial blood in the form of glucose, are these substances deposited, in the form of glycogen, in the different cells forming the tissues. know that Conveyed by the We one of the principal functions of the liver is to maintain at a constant level the quantity of glucose held by the blood, by means of the reserves of glycogen secreted by the hepatic cells. Now,
done, but which, none the less, also express is immanent and essential in the evolumovement. tionary Suppose these other forms of con- something that INTRODUCTION XX111 sciousness brought together and amalgamated with intellect would not the result be a consciousness as wide : as life? And such a consciousness, turning around sud- denly against the push of life which it feels behind, would have a vision of life complete would it not? even though the vision were fleeting. It will be said