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p. 675. The selflocked

  • Susan Blackmore

Abstract

Who—or what—am I? ‘The self’ shows that this question is intimately bound up with the problem of consciousness because whenever there are conscious experiences it is easy to assume they must be happening to someone; that there cannot be experiences without an experiencer. Philosopher Derek Parfit distinguishes between ego theories and bundle theories to try to sort out some of the confusion. Buddhism is the only major religion to reject the idea of a persisting self and therefore subscribe to bundle theory. The concepts of hypnosis, dissociation, and the default mode network are also discussed along with the theories of William James, Ramachandran, and Daniel Dennett.

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