The Self Illusion

The Self Illusion

How the Social Brain Creates Identity

Book - 2012
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The Self Illusion is about the science of self—the truth behind the illusion that we all share, that we exist as individuals inside our bodies and are in control of our own thoughts and behaviours. Recent developments in neuroscience tell us that we are a multitude of unconscious mechanisms interpreting the world but largely under the influence of those around us. We are not the individuals we think we are.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, 2012
Edition: 1st Canadian ed
ISBN: 9781443405225
Branch Call Number: 155.2 HOO
Characteristics: xvii, 349 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Jun 23, 2013

So the brain creates a self so there is a self how else could there be a self.I feel good knowing I can count on my massive computational power to help me through life.I believe.

Jan 31, 2013

Good book. Hood explores the idea that we are, essentially, just brain states - not a new view in the world of cognitive science. The new twist that Hood puts on it is that the effect of the environment is heavily undervalued and plays a large determining role in our experiences and actions. The Self, Hood argues, is essentially an illusion our brains invent to make sense of experiences and sensory data in a conscious fashion. At bottom, I don't agree with some of Hood's conclusions mostly because I believe his views are too narrow and his reasons for completely dismissing 'self' outside of a necessary illusion end up wishy-washy compared to the amount of work he's done to establish the importance of both environment and brain science as integral parts of living. This isn't the place to give a full critical assessment, but I learned a lot from this book and recommend it to anyone interested in the self - however, I also recommend pairing it with contrasting books so you're not turned into a brain state without at least a little fight.

tianyuemeng Nov 08, 2012

It is one more time to approve the old saying what I believe : "the truth is not truth until you believe".

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