9781847082732

Ego Trick

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  • ISBN13:

    9781847082732

  • ISBN10:

    1847082734

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/7/2012
  • Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
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Summary

Are you still the person who lived fifteen, ten or five years ago? Fifteen, ten or five minutes ago? Can you plan for your retirement if the you of thirty years hence is in some sense a different person? What and who is the real you? Does it remain constant over time and place, or is it something much more fragmented and fluid? Is it known to you, or are you as much a mystery to yourself as others are to you?With his usual wit, infectious curiosity and bracing scepticism, Julian Baggini sets out to answer these fundamental and unsettling questions. His fascinating quest draws on the history of philosophy, but also anthropology, sociology, psychology and neurology; he talks to theologians, priests, allegedly reincarnated Lamas, and delves into real-life cases of lost memory, personality disorders and personal transformation; and, candidly and engagingly, he describes his own experiences. After reading The Ego Trick, you will never see yourself in the same way again.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Pearl Diving
Bodies of thoughtp. 10
Identity on the brainp. 26
Memory makersp. 44
Soul searchingp. 60
Constructions
Multiplicationp. 76
The social selfp. 100
The Ego Trickp. 114
Just an illusion?p. 144
Reconstructing characterp. 154
Our Future Selves
Life after deathp. 176
The future of the selfp. 198
Living without a soulp. 218
Acknowledgementsp. 235
Bibliographyp. 236
Notesp. 242
Indexp. 251
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