The Self Illusion

The Self Illusion
Publisher Oxford University Press
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Category Psychology
Total Pages 349
ISBN 9780199897599
Rating 3.5/5 from 3 reviews
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Most of us believe that we are unique and coherent individuals, but are we? The idea of a "self" has existed ever since humans began to live in groups and become sociable. Those who embrace the self as an individual in the West, or a member of the group in the East, feel fulfilled and purposeful. This experience seems incredibly real but a wealth of recent scientific evidence reveals that this notion of the independent, coherent self is an illusion - it is not what it seems. Reality as we perceive it is not something that objectively exists, but something that our brains construct from moment to moment, interpreting, summarizing, and substituting information along the way. Like a science fiction movie, we are living in a matrix that is our mind. In The Self Illusion, Dr. Bruce Hood reveals how the self emerges during childhood and how the architecture of the developing brain enables us to become social animals dependent on each other. He explains that self is the product of our relationships and interactions with others, and it exists only in our brains. The author argues, however, that though the self is an illusion, it is one that humans cannot live without. But things are changing as our technology develops and shapes society. The social bonds and relationships that used to take time and effort to form are now undergoing a revolution as we start to put our self online. Social networking activities such as blogging, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter threaten to change the way we behave. Social networking is fast becoming socialization on steroids. The speed and ease at which we can form alliances and relationships is outstripping the same selection processes that shaped our self prior to the internet era. This book ventures into unchartered territory to explain how the idea of the self will never be the same again in the online social world.

The Self Illusion
  • Author : Bruce Hood
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-05-23

Most of us believe that we are unique and coherent individuals, but are we? The idea of a "self" has existed ever since humans began to live in groups and become sociable. Those who embrace the self as an individual in the West, or a member of the group in

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The Self Illusion
  • Author : Bruce Hood
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2012-05-29

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

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Analytical Buddhism
  • Author : M. Albahari
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2016-04-25

Does the self - a unified, separate, persisting thinker/owner/agent - exist? Drawing on Western philosophy, neurology and Theravadin Buddhism, this book argues that the self is an illusion created by a tier of non-illusory consciousness and a tier of desire-driven thought and emotion, and that separateness underpins the

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The Self Illusion
  • Author : Bruce Hood
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-06-15

Most of us believe that we are unique and coherent individuals, but are we? The idea of a "self" has existed ever since humans began to live in groups and become sociable. Those who embrace the self as an individual in the West, or a member of the group in

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Are You an Illusion
  • Author : Mary Midgley
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-06-22

In Are You an Illusion? today’s scientific orthodoxy, which treats the self as nothing more than an elaborate illusion, comes under spirited attack. In an impassioned defence of the importance of our own thoughts, feelings and experiences, Mary Midgley shows that there’s much more to our selves than

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The Great Illusion
  • Author : Paul Singh
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2016-04-01

This book presents research that supports the naturalistic stance that the mind is identical to the brain. The author argues that if one were to look at the idea that the mind is the brain then it follows logically that free will must be an illusion, that there can be

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A History of the Self Determination of Peoples
  • Author : Jörg Fisch
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-10-31

This book examines the conceptual and political history of the right of self-determination of peoples.

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The Illusion of Will  Self  and Time
  • Author : Jonathan Bricklin
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 2015-06-01

Discusses how William James’s work suggests a world without will, self, or time and how research supports this perspective. William James is often considered a scientist compromised by his advocacy of mysticism and parapsychology. Jonathan Bricklin argues James can also be viewed as a mystic compromised by his commitment

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Is Self Determination a Dangerous Illusion
  • Author : David Miller
  • Publisher : Polity
  • Release Date : 2020-01-02

Claims to self-determination are rife in world politics today. They range from Scottish and Catalonian campaigns for independence to calls for the devolution of power to regions and cities. But is self-determination meaningful or desirable in the twenty-first century, or merely a dangerous illusion? In this book, David Miller mounts

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The Self Illusion  Why There is No  You  Inside Your Head  Extract
  • Author : Bruce Hood
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2012-04-19

Most of us believe that we possess a self - an internal individual who resides inside our bodies, making decisions, authoring actions and possessing free will. The feeling that a single, unified, enduring self inhabits the body - the 'me' inside me - is compelling and inescapable. This is how

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The Illusion of Conscious Will
  • Author : Daniel M. Wegner,Daniel Gilbert,Thalia Wheatley
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2017-12-15

Do we consciously cause our actions, or do they happen to us? Philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, theologians, and lawyers have long debated the existence of free will versus determinism. With the publication of The Illusion of Conscious Will in 2002, Daniel Wegner proposed an innovative and provocative answer: the feeling of conscious

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Nothing Personal  Seeing Beyond the Illusion of a Separate Self
  • Author : Nirmala
  • Publisher : Endless Satsang Foundation
  • Release Date : 2010-01-16

Advaita and nondual teachings are about finding the Truth. This Truth is not a dogma that you study; it is the Truth about life †the Truth about who you really are. This Truth is discovered, not learned. It is discovered through sincerely inquiring, Who am I? What you discover is

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No Self  No Problem
  • Author : Chris Niebauer
  • Publisher : Hierophant Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-09-03

While in grad school in the early 1990s, Chris Niebauer began to notice striking parallels between the latest discoveries in psychology, neuroscience, and the teachings of Buddhism, Taoism, and other schools of Eastern thought. When he presented his findings to a professor, his ideas were quickly dismissed as “pure coincidence,

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Waking Up
  • Author : Sam Harris
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-09-09

For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s latest New York Times bestseller is a guide to meditation as a rational practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books, Waking Up is for the

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The Memory Illusion
  • Author : Julia Shaw
  • Publisher : Doubleday Canada
  • Release Date : 2016-09-13

Forensic psychologist and memory expert Dr. Julia Shaw reveals why we are all unreliable narrators of our own life stories. Think you have a good memory? Think again. Memories are our most cherished possessions. We rely on them every day of our lives. They make us who we are. And

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