The Self Illusion. How the Social Brain Creates Identity. Bruce Hood. Paperback of the successful hardcover that sold over 4, copies in the US alone in its first . 23 May Bruce Hood, Ph.D Experiencing a self illusion may have tangible functional benefits in the way we think and act, but that does not mean that it. 24 May What could it mean to say that the self is an illusion? Here’s Bruce Hood, author of the new book The Self Illusion, in an interview at Sam Harris’.

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With that said, let’s talk!

Hood has missed the chance to engage with the existing philosophy and reconcile it with the current neuroscience and cognitive science. It is worth noting that other species that have long periods of rearing also tend to be more social and intelligent in terms of flexible, adaptive behaviors.

This a legacy of my Scottish heritage on my father’s side. Using will-power depletes glucose. These processes, in turn, are heavily influenced by both nature and nurture–again, factors we have very little control over.

The Self Illusion – Hardcover – Bruce Hood – Oxford University Press

It seems to me that for you to know this, you would somehow have to experience what it is like to not be you. Return to Book Page. The Stories We Live By 8. Perhaps if we educated — rather than trained — our grad students and the “academics” into which they devolve their musings on things of which they know so little but are so self- [oops! He writes that this of course does not mean that it “does not exist.

A telling comment of the book was: Matter alone asks no questions It is almost impossible to discuss the self without a referent in the same way that is difficult to think about a play without any players. Academic Skip to main content.

The preceding chapters have lots of scientific and anecdotal vignettes, but I feel they are never tied in to the overall argument. Like a science fiction movie, we are living in a matrix that is our mind. But seriously, the statement at the beginning is illogical.

This “analysis” is to psychological science what alchemy is to chemistry. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I only count one time that I use that phrase, and it was not in support of my argument. You might argue that the sense of self and consciousness are two separate things in order to question my qualms with the central point of the book; “precisely!

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The Self Illusion

Where Science Meets Superstition. The outcome of this comparison will not be a proof really but a preference of individual vs. Experiencing a self illusion may have tangible functional benefits in the way we think and act, but that does not mean that it exists as an entity.

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. It seemed more like a textbook throwing out information on study after study as opposed to connecting it well in a larger narrative. Post Comment Your name. The very first part about how our brains work was mildly interesting, but soon the author got into the same old rut.

This book ought to be titled ‘The self illusion illusion’ as it’s an illusion that Hood has addressed the issue of the self illusion. Where this who Hood does his best to demonstrate the book’s central thesis without over- overwhelming those uninitiated into the convoluted realm that is neuro-psychology.

No doubt this book changed the way i was looking to myselfit redefined illusion and yes everyone has self illusion ,but at the end the aim of the book was not to know your illusion and get rid of it, it just let you know where is it and how it’s important to make you, you.

Now if the first thought you had was “so do I exist”, then let me ask you As what the original author seems to be trying to argue against is a form of dualism, this assertion begs the question. In a similar fashion, we can feel our hunger and our desire to have an apple.

Leave this field blank. Sam’s the one asking the questions and these are my answers In what sense is the self an illusion?

The Self Illusion: Why There is No ‘You’ Inside Your Head [Extract]

Submitted by Not convinced that I’m not here! 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. I read popular science constantly, so I was hoov familiar with the psychological and neurophysiological examples that Bruce Hood gave in his book The Self Illusionyet I had never thought about these selff in the way that Hood has.

I think it helps to compare the experience of self to subjective contours — illusions such as the Kanizsa pattern where you see an invisible shape that is really defined entirely by the surrounding context.

Clearly we credential our current academics way beyond their intellectual abilities. An illusion is an experience.

He posits that because we gain experience and knowledge through the social transmission as children, plus as adults we show different sides of ourselves in different social situations, therefore our sense of self is entirely constructed through social means and reflecting others around us. Finally, you said, “I think there are a few references to this even in the “common sense” world, like the “6th sense”, or the ‘3rd eye’ Want to Read saving…. Instead inborn cognitive mechanisms respond to the environment and focus the baby’s attention.

MIND Reviews: The Self Illusion – Scientific American

If there’s a better account of this concept somewhere please point me toward it – I’d love to have the dots connected if the connections are there to be made. We are increasingly spending more time on social networking sites, and I believe this will continue to become an integral part of the way we interact.

Further, to call logic a “mass-illusion” seems to imply that bduce doesn’t really exist. I must confess that I have a hoox of trouble understanding a few of the points you’re trying to make.

He is a lawyer. It was good to be updated on this field since when I studied psychology and the research, stories and anecdotes were enlightening and entertaining.