Do You Exist Apart from the Chemicals and Neurological Processes in Your Brain?

There are many ways to ask the same question in the title?

1. Should behaviorists be in a state of constant celebration now that so many eminent scientists are confirming that behavior is not explained by experiences, aspirations, motivations, values, choices, character or efforts to learn?

2.  Is Francis Crick correct that the self is an illusion? (See the always insightful Mary Midgley’s wonderful new book criticizing that viewpoint from a philosophical/humanist perspective.

3. Do brain scans reveal selficide , or are they simply used to exaggerate the significance of the latest hot new topic in science?

4. Does the study of  brain plasticity suggest a promising partnership between neuroscience and our sense that the self exists and matters hugely?






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