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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and easy to read, 11 May 2012
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This review is from: The Self Illusion: Why There is No 'You' Inside Your Head (Kindle Edition)
I really enjoyed this book and found it a pleasure to read (albeit you do need to concentrate in parts). The concept that there is no "self" is a pretty hard one to get your head around, although it certainly makes sense to me - and even more so given the evidence that Bruce Hood outlines.

The reason I haven't given the book 5 stars is that I would like to have seen a section/chapter that explores what the concept of "no self" means for the way that we live our lives. That is to say, the fact that we have no consistent personality and are not much more than our brains, which in turn is a collection of (changing) memories, must be a very valuable piece of information when it comes to informing the way we live our lives. The other small criticism I had of the book is that the version I read (the Kindle version) had quite a number of typos which makes me wonder whether the book had been rather rushed into publication.

However, overall, I would strongly recommend this book. It has proved, to me, to be a great introduction to the otherwise illusive and mystical concept of there being "no self".
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Initial post: 25 Sep 2012 00:12:12 BDT
Kodanshi says:
ALL Kindle books I have read, no matter what the subject or genre, seem to contain some pretty atrocious and wide-ranging spelling mistakes.

Posted on 15 Nov 2015 17:22:18 GMT
P. J. Tapani says:
The fact that we have no separate self is indeed valuable as knowing. "I" wouldn't say it's so valuable as a piece of information, if it doesn't have any effect on our lives. But to transform this information into actual experience (knowing) can be done by looking at how ones experience actually is happening moment to moment. Right now, are You reading this? Or is the reading happening because there are eyes that can see, and a desire to read? See if you're thinking your thoughts. Can you stop thinking, for lets say, a minute? Can you control what thoughts come? Can you control anything that happens? We just go on with our lives, seeking the next thing to satisfy us, never stopping to look. Look how this moment happens by itself.

There's a great website where people are pointed into seeing how the self is an illusion, worth taking a look: http://liberationunleashed.com/nation/viewforum.php?f=4
They also have a free e-book with stories leading to awakening, called "Gateless Gatecrashers".
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