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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The book indicates the evidence for this theory and its jjulian. After reading The Ego Trickyou will never see yourself in the same way again. The self is indeed an ego trick as Baggini says, for it is nowhere to be found and yet it is all of me, and you, an us, and it Interview of author about the book: I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

View all 3 comments. It is just TRUE.

Showing of 19 reviews. Do you exist or you are a tue of electrochemical actions in your brain. This excellent book helps explain why, and other reviewers go into the specifics of the subjects described therein. Swami Vivekananda once said “You will be nearer to Heaven through football than through the study of the Gita” and he explained that “You will understand bagvini Gita better with your biceps, your muscles, a little stronger.

Julian Baggini on The Ego Trick – Philosophy for life

But in the end it explained the I enjoyed this book very much. The Blinkist app gives you the key ideas from a bestselling nonfiction book in just 15 minutes. He talks to neurologists and psychologists, and examines cases of lost memory and personality disorders to find out whether we can gain insights from what happens to the self when the brain changes. 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”.


Julian Baggini on The Ego Trick

I have had to re-adjust my beliefs as to who or what I am. Baggini’s work here crafting and defending his idea of the self is well scouted, informative, and believable. I read this on my Kindle and when I got to the end unexpectedly early, I actually went “noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Dec 29, Shannan rated it really liked it. 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.

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Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Paperbackpages. Conversely the major shortcoming is perhaps Baggini’s tendency to lash out against religions, philosophers, schools of thought and the like with such vehemence as to be distracting.

This was a lighter read than bagglni books I’ve read by Baggini, but it addressed its subject faithfully, using real life, concrete examples to help explain more abstract philosophical concepts.

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Is it known to you, or are you as much a mystery to yourself as others are to you? And the last chapter—in which the existential implications of the bundle theory are spelled out—is, surprisingly, an emotionally charged one which will stick with me whenever I venture into the complex microcosm of the self, my self. 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.


Already have an account? I’d still recommend the book because that chapter is gold. Later in the book, the author off The centre piece of this book is that the illusion of a singular consciousness within the human mind is caused by a bundle of different elements projected together, a bit like white light being composed of many different colours.

Julian Baggini is a British philosopher and the author of several books about philosophy written for a general audience. 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 needlessly dated, although I was fascinated to learn that Dr Brooke Magnanti is actually a research scientist with a raft of publications under her name.

An idea being discussed for many years in Neuroscience. Not only was I quite impressed with the insights this book had to offer, I even found myself taking notes and marking passages – something which, previously, I had only done somewhat begrudgingly for university courses. Open Preview See a Problem? May 15, Jeremy rated it really liked it. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

We end with some entertaining reflections on medical immortality, “free will”, and the “extended-mind thesis”, which holds that your iPhone is part of you – Guardian Baggini’s study of how identity is defined is lucid and backed by a wealth of anecdote – Metro Baggini works on a broad canvas, citing Hume and Locke alongside the reflections of sex-change patients and victims of dementia.