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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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. You don’t have an account? Baggini’s work here crafting and defending his idea of the self is well scouted, informative, and believable.

May 05, Stephen Palmer rated it really liked it Shelves: Read more Read less. As I entered my 40s I started thinking seriously about whether I’d figured out yet just who I am and what I really want to do “when I grow up”.

Fifteen, ten or five minutes ago? Trifk 18, Bill Lalonde rated it it was amazing. That is the question writer Baggini explores in this fascinating book about the essence of our identity – what makes us, us. A Compendium of Philosophical Concepts and Methods. View all 3 comments.

I was entertained throughout, and even though baggjni only made my hunt to find and kill my ego more mystifying than when I first started reading, I eyo definitely recommend this book. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. As someone who only briefly studied psychology in school, I appreciated Baggini’s ability to simplify some of the compl “What and who is the real you?

What and who is the real you? Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Claiming the self is an illusion is like claiming a julin is an illusion because when you try to find This book is great! Mar 02, Holly Blades rated it liked it. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Unless yours already is a Zen mind, perhaps. Aug 19, Ben Payne rated it liked it.


For the idea that the self is intimately tied to the body, he uses examples of those who experience gender dysphoria, who have an overwhelming sense that their gender does not match the sex of their physical bodies, to show that whilst the medium of our existence the physical body most certainly shape the person, the person is not just the medium.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The ideas outlined in the book lend themselves to determinism and not free-will. English Choose a language for shopping. I enjoyed this book very much. It felt like the rest of the book was just filler to extend that chapter into a book.

If you also want to know, read this book despite the fact that you will be sorry. And then he vanishes leaving you gasping but grinning ear to ear. Who is it for? With his usual wit, infectious curiosity and bracing scepticism, Julian Baggini sets out to answer these fundamental and unsettling questions.

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How conceptions of the self will change in light of our ever-increasing lifespans or dependence and meshing with technologies is touched on only briefly at the end of the book. My ratings of books on Goodreads are solely a crude baggibi of their utility to me, and not an evaluation of literary merit, entertainment value, social importance, humor, insightfulness, scientific accuracy, creative vigor, suspensefulness of plot, depth of characters, vitality of theme, excitement of climax, satisfaction of ending, or any other combination of dimensions of value which we are expected to boil down through some fabulous alchemy into a single digit.

I suspect Julian Baggini has revealed an intellectual pathway to a state of mind that you might otherwise reach purely through months, years or maybe decades of mindful meditation.

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. Open Preview See a Problem? ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

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Customers who bought this item also bought. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. This is my second read and it really clears lot of fog going on inside in terms of who I am. Nov 11, Ogi Ogas rated it liked it. 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.

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If you also want to know, read this book despite the fact that you will be sorry. I’m not sure I’m any closer to knowing, but this book took me on a fascinating journey. This was very readable. But I wanted to know what is real. Thf only was I quite impressed with the insights this book had to tje, I even found myself taking notes and marking passages – something which, previously, I had only done somewhat begrudgingly for university courses.

Please try again later. In addition Julian Baggini is a British philosopher and the fhe of several books about philosophy written for a general audience. Where was he hiding all these years anyway, I wonder.

It doesn’t take readers through all that is.

Though occasionally glossing over potential pitfalls and highlighting fascinating and complex implications only to sidestep them and move on to the next aspect of his investigation into the self, the book—as is the “ego trick”—is credible enough to convincingly answer many questions pertaining to the self, if not give an account which seems up-to-date and scientific enough to be at the jluian least a workable framework.

Available in bitesize text and audio, the app makes it easier than ever to find time to read. I admit that I struggled with it, because the idea that there is an unchangeable core of the self is very dear to my heart.