The society of selves
Humphrey (Nicholas)
Source: Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B (2007) 362, 745–754
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  1. Human beings are not only the most sociable animals on Earth, but also the only animals that have to ponder the separateness that comes with having a conscious self.
  2. The philosophical problem of ‘other minds’ nags away at people’s sense of who — and why — they are.
  3. But the privacy of consciousness has an evolutionary history — and maybe even an evolutionary function.
  4. While recognizing the importance to humans of mind-reading and psychic transparency, we should consider the consequences and possible benefits of being — ultimately — psychically opaque.


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