Interesting talk; yet, its not helping me accomplish anything — so, as when Mr. Spock said “Interesting” he probably meant, “I’m not going to say anything more about this.” That’s what I mean too.
We can all try some of the experiments at home though… let me know if this makes you doubt self is real — really.
Brain, bodily awareness, and the emergence of a conscious self: these entities and their relations are explored by German philosopher and cognitive scientist Thomas Metzinger. Extensively working with neuroscientists he has come to the conclusion that, in fact, there is no such thing as a “self” — that a “self” is simply the content of a model created by our brain – part of a virtual reality we create for ourselves.
At TEDxRheinMain 2011 he shares thoughts on consciousness and the self and talk about the concept of the Ego-Tunnel.
But if the self is not “real,” he asks, why and how did it evolve? How does the brain construct the self? In a series of fascinating virtual reality experiments, Metzinger and his colleagues attempted to create so-called “out-of-body experiences” in the lab. As a philosopher, he offers a discussion of many of the latest results in robotics, neuroscience, dream and meditation research, and argues that the brain is much more powerful than we have ever imagined. He shows us, for example, that we now have the first machines that have developed an inner image of their own body — and actually use this model to create intelligent behavior.
Thanks for visiting,
[I’m thinking I’m most likely not going to get many views of this one.]
- The Death Illusion (emptinesscafe.wordpress.com)