27 October 2014
How do you find the real ‘you’? what is it? Culture reinforces the idea that each and every one of us has a ‘you’, an identity that shows how valuable we are. Generally speaking, theories have different point of views; it depends on from which perspective you look at it. For instance the way I look at the self is from 3 views, which are scientific, spiritual/religious and cultural/psychological . Basically what I learned through out this semester related to the self is countless theories that not only are related but also tend to cover different areas, which seem to be eye opening for me.
Julian Baggini, who is a journalist and philosopher, who studies the complexities of personal identity. Also, He is the editor-in-chief of the Philosophers' Magazine challenges the idea, this common sense model of what a person is. Common sense tells you that there is a ‘you’, you are an individual, with a core. That in life you accumulate “experiences, memories and beliefs, sensations and knowledge”, all of which help create what you are, someone who has all these things that make up who they are. Julian Baggini disagrees with this model and proposes that there isn’t a ‘you’ at the heart of these experiences, “memories and beliefs, sensations and knowledge.” He proposes that actually all of these things is “just you”, and that you are but a collection of things in your life and not a thing at the center of the collection. You are the sum of your parts including the physical. Baggini explained that “We are not permanent beings but always changing, a fluid process with a history.” Moreover, Julian baggini refers to neuroscience that the brain has no center where things come all together; it’s a lot of different process working independently making up a “thing” called the brain. The way they relate we get a sense of self. However, baggini states that there has been a worrying idea about the fact that...
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