The Self Illusion: Why There is No ‘You’ Inside Your Head
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Flokkur: Vísindi
Efni: Sálfræði, Taugavísindi, Vitsmunavísindi
Útgáfuár: 2013
ASIN: 1780338724
ISBN: 1780338724
Most of us believe that we possess a self - an internal individual who resides inside our bodies, making decisions, authoring actions and possessing free will. The feeling that a single, unified, enduring self inhabits the body - the 'me' inside me - is compelling and inescapable. This is how we interact as a social animal and judge each other's actions and deeds. But that sovereignty of the self is increasingly under threat from science as our understanding of the brain advances.
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In The Self Illusion: Why There is No ‘You’ Inside Your Head Bruce Hood argues rather than a single entity, the self is really a constellation of mechanisms and experiences that create the illusion of the internal you.

We only emerge as a product of those around us as part of the different story lines we inhabit from the cot to the grave. It is an ever changing character, created by the brain to provide a coherent interface between the multitude of internal processes and the external world demands that require different selves.

“Our self illusion is so interwoven with personal memories that when we recall an event, we believe we are retrieving a reliable episode from our history like opening a photograph album and examining a snapshot in time. If we then discover the episode never really happened, then our whole self is called into question. But that’s only because we are so committed to the illusion that our self is a reliable story in the first place.”
Bruce Hood, The Self Illusion: Why There is No ‘You’ Inside Your Head

“You only exist as a pattern made up of all the others things in your life that shape you. If you take each away, “you” would eventually cease to exist. This does not mean that you do not exist at all, but rather that you exist as a combination of all the others who complete your sense of self.”
Bruce Hood, The Self Illusion: Why There is No ‘You’ Inside Your Head

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