new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

the illusion of the self

sam harris interviews bruce hood



snip

if the self is not what it seems, then what is it?

for most of us, the sense of our self is as an integrated individual inhabiting a body. i think it is helpful to distinguish between the two ways of thinking about the self that william james talked about. there is conscious awareness of the present moment that he called the “i,” but there is also a self that reflects upon who we are in terms of our history, our current activities and our future plans. james called this aspect of the self, “me” which most of us would recognize as our personal identity—who we think we are. however, i think that both the “i” and the “me” are actually ever-changing narratives generated by our brain to provide a coherent framework to organize the output of all the factors that contribute to our thoughts and behaviors.

/snip

read on...

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