Thinking About Thinking Series: You May Not Be Who You Think You Are

Jeff CarreiraBlog Posts, Philosophical Inquiry4 Comments

We think we are a “something”—an entity that emerged in the universe on a planet called Earth.

Are we really?

What is a human being? What am I?

Am I my body, my brain, my thoughts?

Superficially it seems that we are simply some combination of all of these things and more. When you look deeply the simple question, Who am I? reveals mindboggling complexity.

What if you are not a something that thinks and acts?

What if all of life were one unfolding process that included:

Experiences of thinking

Experiences of acting

And

Experiences of thinking that you are a something that thinks and acts?

What if you don’t exist in the way that

you have always thought you did?

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Just where does this “experience” reside? What if science discovers/uncovers more evidence that indeed supports a “meta” materialism understanding of the Mind and self-aware consciousness as arising only in the biological brain? It is no longer out of the realm of possibility and the latest research points in that direction. This would have profound implications……as much or more so than our first true understanding of our Solar system and the Great Story of Evolution. What if the Idealists got it wrong? What if “supernatural” explanations are no longer “needed”? That we all have a different explanation/experience of the “Elephant” is… Read more »

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It’s well to approach the issue of self-identity from all points of view but ultimately I believe it’s an emotional thing resolved by gut feelings of being comfortable and right. I submit the lyrics of the Shaker song, “Simople Gifts” It’s a gift to be simple, It’s a gift to be free, It’s a gift to come down where you ought to be, And when you find ourselves in the place just right, You’ll be in the valley of love and delight. When true simplicity is gained, To bow and to bend, you will not be ashamed, To turn, turn,… Read more »

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Spellcheck: make that “Simple Gifts”

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And what if questions are not what they seem to be? What if they are just neutral mind content with a ‘question mark feeling’. Feeling as a kind of drive for that other mind content, that coincides with that ‘anwer feeling’. The whole pondering on the “I”-thing, is fed by the assumption that the q&a-tastbuds in the mind really matter and should be obeyed. Mental itching (the question) that leads to the relief of scratching (the answer). It is of no relevance outside the thought machine. Furthermore, even inside the thought machine, the so called answers do not deliver anything… Read more »