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Selves and other mind constructions.,
This review is from: The Ego Trick (Paperback)
A wonderful book. Profound and yet a relatively easy read.
His question: "What are we and on what does our continued existence over
time depend?" is obviously a rather broad question.
But through the book he manage to get some good points across, as well as
answering the question. At least, to some extent.
He starts out by describing that in the brain - the self is "No central
system, but different brain systems working together - with no central,
Then we get some very memorable examples on how the self can fall apart. How
memories are just one component in what makes a self. A section about mind and body, goes into Descartes "cogito ergo sum" argument. And how Antonio Damasio have picked that apart by showing that our bodies are actually quite important in thinking also. Just as emotions are necessary ingredients in rational thought.
Baggini concludes that our "selves" change over time, rather than stay the time. It follows rather neatly from his argumentation that a self is not "one thing", but rather a bundle of things. That selves changes over time obviously have some rather dramatic consequences for our thinking about our future. All of which is nicely explored in the book.
Finally, Baggini lets Susan Greenfield tell us a little about what selves will be like in the future. She sketches three scenarios - someones, anyones and no-ones. Rather unnerving she thinks that we will all be noones in the future.
Great book. Important stuff.