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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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What is the Self Illusion? | Psychology Today

Humans spend proportionally the greatest amount of time in childhood compared to any other animal. More interesting is evidence of polarization. The answer to the main question of why the self is an illusion has been narrated with examples of research.

But Hood concludes that though the self is an bbruce, it is an illusion we must continue to embrace to live happily in human society.

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

Lots of pop culture references too. This book was enjoyable though.

Also, though well written grammar and typos asideI found the central thesis of the self as an illusion got lost between chapters. However, he has simply woven together different studies and research findings with few inputs of his own. 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. Things will never be the same again in the online social world. My father was a journalist and plied his art on various continents.

Hood offers our first glimpse into this unchartered territory. Where Science Meets Superstition. It seems, with all due respect, that your argument destroys itself. As an argument for why we should not trust our intuitions about the nature of the self the book is solid, but there’s little here to justify the author’s conclusion: This book is a more interesting version of a psychology textbook.

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The Self Illusion: Why There is No ‘You’ Inside Your Head [Extract] by Bruce M. Hood

Great comment to Harris’s interview by the poster above. Fleischman author of Wonder: I als This book provides a rather exhaustive look at who we are, how we form our identities and our actions, and how our brain works. 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.

Authors such as Daniel Kahneman and Dan Ariely have explained the many cognitive biases that humans have, and that humans are predictably irrational.

And far from being disheartening, it seems to me actually enlivening. D But seriously, the statement at the beginning is illogical.

Your conscious mind is a spin-doctor, not a commander in chief; it weaves a coherent narrative from your thoughts even when your thoughts create cognitive dissonance between your beliefs and new information. Maybe some neuroscientific perspective necessarily spliced with the appropriate philosophy, whether its Parfit’s, Hume’s or even Buddha’s view on the absence of a self.

It explains why we act, often unconsciously, in a way that is inconsistent with our self image — or the image of our self as we believe others see us. 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.

Most of us believe that we are an independent, coherent self–an individual inside our head who thinks, watches, wonders, dreams, and makes plans for the future. In other words, the brain is hallucinating the experience.

So while the self illusion suggests an illogical tautology, I think this is only a superficial problem. The fact that the United States has politics that are conflictual and contradictory, does not mean that the United States does not exist.


The self is an illus Hood’s thesis is that the self is an illusion, but what this means is not clear. My mother is Australian and has the very unusual first name of Loyale. Hood argues that like this blind spot, this illusion of self is an illusion we live by.

The author has endowed the book wuth the superpowers of cutting edge modern day research to understand our “Self”. I believe this is somewhat akin to your position.

When would we be in a position to say that the self is a real, concrete, quantifiable thing? As with a just-so brucr, our brain synthesizes the complex interactions of biology and environment to create a simplified explanation of who we are. An illusion is an experience. Interestingly, the author of this book believes that we should continue to believe the self illusion, not that we should accept reality.

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. They are not real but the brain treats them as if they were. The Natural Origins of Voodoo How misconceptions about photographs reveals an implicit sympathetic reasoning.

Why would one attempt to convince something that doesn’t exist of it’s non-existence??! Many people may find your conclusion about the self somewhat depressing.

But though the self is an illusion, it is an illusion we must continue to embrace to live happily in brce society. The Machiavellian Baby 3.