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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But I wanted to know what is real.

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Tom Hiddleston recommended this: Unless yours already is a Zen mind, perhaps. Baggini’s views on the subject of the self are highly needed at this time!

Sep 04, Suzie Burrell rated it it was amazing. 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. 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.

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 very least a workable framework.

While a great study into the foray of the self, I feel that Baggini often lingers too long on certain ideas, and after proving his point, continues on with the novel for a good or so pages, so I feel that a lot of it wasn’t needed for his purposes.

Over the course of this work he theorizes that what we know or feel to be our “self” is not a solid, unchanging thing that exists within, but rather a “loose bundle” of things including but not limited to, memory, character, perceptions, emotions, and things outside ourselves like other people and things like our smartphones and books we’ve read.

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.


Baggini takes his time on each trcik, providing many metaphors and systematically debunking claims, giving a “watertight” feel to his theorizing and conclusions. How the Social Brain Creates Identity.

We are not the same person in old age as we were in middle age, as young adults, and when we were born. 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. I’d still recommend the book because that chapter is gold. It felt like the rest of the book was just filler to extend that chapter into a book.

Another great book, interesting topic!!!

Aug 21, Rob Thompson rated juluan really liked it Shelves: Fifteen, ten or five minutes ago? The self is something the brain and body DO. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

Buy the selected items together This item: 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? As Hulian 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”.

What and who is the real you? Julian Baggini is the editor and co-founder of The Philosophers’ Magazine.

Is it known to you, or are you as much a myst Are you still the person who lived fifteen, ten or five years ago? You don’t have an account?

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This is my second read and it really clears lot of fog going on inside in terms of who I am. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Available in bitesize text and audio, the app makes it easier than ever to find time to read. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

Later in the book, the author offers hope for those thinking these conclusions may be depressing – if we are not the same person who we were when we were children, then we are surely not the same people who will later in life die.

I liked this book a lot. In other words, your mind is not your brain; it is what your brain does. This is a very difficult subject and one that I struggle with but after having read this book I certainly feel more informed if not satisfied.


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He concludes that all that are merely activity and not material matter and so they and we die when our bodies die. The Possibility of Free Will. Swami Vivekananda once said “You will bagini nearer to Heaven through football than through the study of the Gita” and he explained that “You will understand the Gita better with your biceps, your muscles, a little stronger.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. He takes various disparate sources and holds them up against each other in the light and while making certain declarations, never fully makes his conclusions concrete to stifle the readers own judgement. 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.

Granta Books September 7, Language: To ask other readers questions about The Ego Trickplease sign up. I like Julian on thw and neuroscience, but really dislike his theolog The 7th baggimi, which shares the name of the title of the book, was by far and away the best. Can you plan for your retirement if the you of thirty th hence is in some sense a different person? He builds a compelling case for it utilizing methods that are quite distanced from the pure reasoning and thought baggini often used in academic philosophy.

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This is a very good book. 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. Interview of author about the book: I definitely would recommend this to anyone interested in matters of philosophy and what it means to refer to one’s sense of self. But it also includes several other topics, like, religion, neuroscience, etc.

With his usual wit, infectious curiosity and bracing scepticism, Julian Baggini sets out to answer these fundamental and unsettling questions. Nov 11, Ogi Ogas rated it liked it. Anyone interested in finding baggii what, if not who, they are.

Apr 24, Tara rated it did not like it Shelves: