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This is an interview I did with the British philosopher Julian Baggini, about his new book, The Ego Trick, which looks at the ‘bundle theory’ of the. How “you” are you, really? Character is something we tend to think of as a static, enduring quality, and yet we glorify stories of personal. Are you still the person who lived fifteen, ten or five years ago? Fifteen, ten or five minutes ago? Can you plan for your retirement if the you of thirty years hence is.

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One person found this helpful. You don’t have an account? Baggini’s defense of the self as an embodied process—the bundle theory—is at once accessible and robust. However, your life is not a pack jlian cells; yo The main reason I picked the book up was that I wanted to explore what is means to be me.

It’s compelling and still accessible in its complexity though rather than being offputting or intimidating. And he looks at the future to see how our selves might be changed by new technology. Chapter 7 “The Ego Trick” alone is deserving of being being read and thought of separately, as an individual thesis. It just examiners various philosophical opinions of personal identity.

The bundle theory takes away cosmic consciousness and firmly puts that consciousness is all and ever changing which dissolves at the time of death but somehow remains in others memory. For now, however, what is significant is simply that people almost invariably believe that there is such an essence, a core of self that holds steady through life. The insight about human nature was very reviling.

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Julian Baggini has the most sensible view of the self I have seen. If you also want to know, read this book despite the fact that you will be sorry.

The Ego Trick: In Search Of The Self

For me personally, it was exciting to read a book which brought together things I read and explored while I was doing my doctorate – regarding memory, embodiment, multiplici Wow, I really enjoyed this book and was so sorry when it ended. Those already devoted to an alternate theory won’t find enough to persuade them to change their minds– too many things are covered to go into that much depth– but for those still undecided and open-minded, Baggini’s case is persuasive indeed.

Baggini is a philosopher who wrote his PhD on personal identity and has written this related book. Apr 24, Tara rated it did not like it Shelves: Read more Read less. The book indicates the evidence for this theory and its implications. You Are What You Speak: After reading “The Ego Trick,” you will never see yourself in the same way again.

I picked up the book because I was feeling a sense of discontinuity with my self, so this experience made me smile. Go Premium and get the best of Blinkist Upgrade to Premium now and get unlimited access to the Blinkist library. I can’t think of anything nice to say. Baggino Choose a language for shopping. This was very readable. Granta Books September 7, Language: I found it interesting, amusing, juilan and validating. Wondering if I could possibly be the only person thinking this much on the concept of self in modern society, I saw this book and thought it looked interesting and on the baaggini that was filling my mind.


Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. I read this book for a class and I didn’t appreciate the way he discussed Christian ideas as gibberish. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Baggini’s quest takes us into the history of philosophy, After reading The Ego Trickyou will never see yourself in the same way again.

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The Ego Trick: In Search Of The Self by Julian Baggini

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Please ttick again later. Well written and very accessible without any academic-speak to hide his own misunderstanding.

There is no such thing as a soul. Anyone interested in finding out what, if not who, they are. Oct 14, Awinash Jha rated it really liked it.

It doesn’t take readers through all that is. But I wanted to know what is real.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Albeit heavily steeped in the analytic tradition, the book features multiple references and contributions from the vast spectrum of social sciences, psychology, religion, biology and on occasion even Wittgensteinian linguistics and physics.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? And then he vanishes leaving you gasping but grinning ear to ear. Is it known to you, or are you as much a mystery to yourself as others are to you?