|Closer to Truth: Personal Identity|
|Kuhn (Robert Lawrence), Ed.|
|Source: Closer To Truth, August 2020|
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→ Closer to Truth: Personal Identity.
→ "Kuhn (Robert Lawrence), Ed. - Closer to Truth: Persons and Selves"
Look at an old photo. Then look in the mirror. Those two images are of the same person, right? How so? They don't look the same. Their memories are different. And virtually every atom in their bodies is different. We feel unity across time, but is this solidified sense of self an illusion? If not an illusion, what enables personal identity?
Personal identity seems so strong. We have the same sense of ourselves throughout our lives, even though everything about our physical bodies and brains is changing constantly. What then causes the continuity of personal identity? Some say personal identity is an illusion, but that seems like cheating. Others credit a nonphysical soul. That seems as though it's cheating too.
What makes one a person or a self? If he or she sees, hears, thinks and feels, is that a person or a self? How can separate perceptions bind together into a coherent mental unity of a single person or self? And how does personhood or self persist through time? If persons are all material, what enables the continuity? Is there a 'carrier' of personal identity?
Think back 5, 10, 20 years — 50 if you're old enough. Physically, you are completely different. Mentally, you feel pretty much the same. Decades roll by and every molecule of your body changes many times over. Yet you sense yourself the same — continuous, a unity. How can this be? Is the self an illusion? If not, what's the commonality that persists through time.
→ Closer to Truth: What is the Nature of Personal Identity?
→ Closer to Truth: What Makes Personal Identity Continue?
→ Closer to Truth: What Carries our Personal Identity?
→ Closer to Truth: How Does Personal Identity Persist Through Time?
Interview Series 1: Closer to Truth: What is the Nature of Personal Identity?
→ "Kurzweil (Ray) & Kuhn (Robert Lawrence) - Closer to Truth: Raymond Kurzweil - What is the Nature of Personal Identity?"
Interview Series 2: Closer to Truth: What Makes Personal Identity Continue?
Interview Series 3: Closer to Truth: What Carries our Personal Identity?
Interview Series 4: Closer to Truth: How Does Personal Identity Persist Through Time?
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