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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On the negative side this book is written with an end in mind not exploratory in nature so the spiritual side of argument has been given very limited and less weightage.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Candidly, Baggini also describes his experiences of his own self and personality”–Publisher’s description, p. Bagguni 25, Pete rated it liked it. Away from these classic examples, there are the occasional contemporary references, particularly Belle De Jour, that make the writing, but not necessarily the ideas, feel tricl dated, although I was fascinated to learn that Dr Brooke Magnanti is actually a research scientist with a raft of publications under her name.

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Interviews with experts, ordinary people and people in extraordinary situations all add to the mix. I’ve read it twice now. This is an empiric approach to who we are. Ths thought the anecdotes helped with the overall fluidity although I know some reviewers thought it was too much. Claiming the self is an illusion is like claiming a college is an illusion because when you try to find This book is great!

You should read this book. What exactly is it made of? Just understanding that I’m not the only one to tussle with these thoughts was definitely encouraging. He is the author of The Pig that Wants to be Eaten and 99 other thought experiments and is co-founder and editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine. Upgrade to Premium now and get unlimited access to the Blinkist library.


No time to read? I found this book interesting but frustrating. Baggini’s quest takes us into the history baggiji philosophy, egi the two clashing schools of juliann on personal identity: What results is an immensely thoughtful book.

The Ego Trick by Julian Baggini

I need to focus on seeing my own thoughts as they occur, so that I live life as it unfolds in the present moment. Discover by category See recently added titles See popular titles.

One of these items ships sooner than the other. Baggini is a philosopher who wrote his PhD on personal identity th has written this related book.

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The present is what we are, and that is what counts. Batgini 25, Kirthi marked it as to-read. How has this influenced my thoughts on my mortality? Baggini takes his time on each claim, providing many metaphors and systematically debunking claims, giving a “watertight” feel to his theorizing and conclusions. Dec 29, Shannan rated it really liked it.

The author takes a philosophical approach rather than julan neuroscience view that a lot of recent books have taken.

The Ego Trick: In Search Of The Self

There has been an infatuation with Buddhism and also claims that the self is an “illusion” lately. He examines the two broad schools of thought, the “Pearl” school in which the hypothesis seems to be that each of has has a clear separable self that is distinct from our bodies – for example.

Can you plan for your retirement if the you of thirty years hence is in some sense a different person? But I wanted to know what is real. Readers who suspect that our world is illusory Students seeking a compact introduction to the philosophy of mind Those interested in the parallels between Western philosophy and Buddhist thought. The book explores how a curious chunk of matter can house a self, how self changes over time and the nature of our own view of ourselves.

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What we call a body is only a bundle of sensations; and what we call the mind is only a bundle of thoughts, passions and emotions, without any subject. Available in bitesize text and audio, the app makes it easier than ever to find time to read. I find This is my second read and it really clears lot of fog going on inside in terms of who I am. 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.

Fifteen, ten or five minutes ago? However, your life is not a pack of cells; your life is what your particular pack of cells collectively do. I didn’t want it to end.

Written by a deep-thinking author with great skill at “popularising” for want of a better word various psychological topics, it covers the various flaws and mistakes we can make in characterising ourselves as single entities, unchanging over time.

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Mar 02, Holly Blades rated it liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Baggini’s writing will make you think and will enthrall the curious mind.