>How can we define ourselves?

>When we speak in the first person we say “I …”. But who is this ‘I’? Are we to be identified with our physical bodies? With our minds? Are we a collection of different things? Do we exist outside of our bodies?

Points to consider:

  • When a chocolate bar is placed in front of us and we say “one part of me wants it, while another tells me I have to stay healthy” what do we mean?
  • Apply electrical shocks to the brain and personality can be altered.
  • A person who suffers brain damage is not the same. In severe cases they may resemble nothing of their former characteristics, being more like a living body without all their previously ‘normal’ characteristics.

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