The Self Illusion. How the Social Brain Creates Identity. Bruce Hood. Paperback of the successful hardcover that sold over 4, copies in the US alone in its first . 23 May Bruce Hood, Ph.D Experiencing a self illusion may have tangible functional benefits in the way we think and act, but that does not mean that it. 24 May What could it mean to say that the self is an illusion? Here’s Bruce Hood, author of the new book The Self Illusion, in an interview at Sam Harris’.

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That Comes with Risks. Secondly, I did not build my argument at all on “common sense”, but on foundational laws of logic.

The Self Illusion: Why There is No ‘You’ Inside Your Head [Extract]

Humans generally act based on their beliefs about what others are thinking, and adolescents are especially influenced by what they believe others are thinking about them. What was supposed to be just one year abroad in the United States turned into five. What people say to you, even if it is only online affects you and makes you feel vulnerable. He stresses that this is a necessary illusion which has evolved to permit the organization of data from experience without overloading the brain’s response mechanisms.

In Dundee, I went to school and then university where I studied psychology and socializing. I certainly have one, and I do not doubt that others do as well — an autonomous individual with a coherent identity and sense of free will.

The very first illuion about how our brains work was mildly interesting, but soon the author got into the same old rut.

The Self Illusion

Experiencing a self illusion may have tangible functional benefits il,usion the way we think and act, but that does not mean that it exists as an entity. What makes you laugh?

With that said, let’s talk! We certainly have more choices today to do things that are not in accord with our biology, and it may be true that uood should talk about free will brue a meaningful way, as Dennett has argued, but that seems irrelevant to the central problem of positing an entity that can make choices independently of the multitude of factors that control a decision. A particle cannot exist and not exist at the same time in the same way.


You can’t have free will only when you evaluate the evidence bryce supports a lack of free will–that’s the worst form of special pleading! And far from being disheartening, it seems to me actually enlivening. But it’s nonsense, so, moving on.

It’s a reminder that this sense of ego that we have is just a way that human bodies have adapted to jllusion information and interact with other people and the environment. You say that I “several times referred to ‘common sense'”. In his fascinating newest, Hood, director of the Cognitive Development Centre at Bristol University, explores the ways in which the human brain tricks itself and uses others to illuison an identity. Restating the hodo premise doesn’t count as refutation. I read this book as part of an exploration to see that “self” doesn’t exist.

It is empowering to have this insight, we can go through life with less attachment to the perceived core self and the need to prove it. But, but, but, but…. Consequently living with more self discipline,mind clarity,success and happiness.

What is the Self Illusion? | Psychology Today

Open Preview See a Problem? I’ve never made the claim that all must be physical; nor do I think that it’s impossible for some type of physical connection that we do not currently understand to be at work here. The one thing I did find very interesting in this paragraph was this: Is it the “psychological and physiological evidence” to which you refer? I also bought that without telling my wife. Much of that influence occurs early in our development, which is one hopd why human childhoods are so prolonged in comparison to other species.

I liked this book a lot and I really wanted to give it four stars but what prevented brucee from doing so is there are horrendous grammar issues and typos. This is an age that could use some serious examination of the nature of the self, and while this book doesn’t live up to its title, it is a good start.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Often this happens when we are young. I think therefore I am. The closest thing to pinpointing a self in the brain might turn out to be Michael Gazzaniga’s “interpreter” in the left hemisphere.

You’re not acting, you’re merely reacting. What role do you think childhood plays in shaping the self?

MIND Reviews: The Self Illusion – Scientific American

To proclaim it, they must deny te But Bruce Hood confuses the kind of thinking that led the Buddha to claim that human beings have no eternal enduring self in contrast to religious claims of an enduring soul with the importance and validity of the psychological self, which is just as real and important as our bodies.

The book does ask this question a number of times but never really answers it. How can we trust that evidence when the scientists who gathered it do not have the freedom of will required to evaluate it objectively?

As to the argument itself, I started from a basic shared position with the author that brucf notion of self or ego is nothing but an illusion, but I found his arguments for that unconvincing. How the Social Illudion Creates Identity. The book basically consists of anecdotes, generally about babies and most of these anecdotes you would have seen better expounded by other popular science authorsdisjointedly hoping to show that there is no single, enduring self.

If you have ever been there, you’ll know why. You then share your thoughts on thoughts, though you claim to have no idea what thoughts are. I used it to make the point that the author is highly credentialed in his field, and I am not. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.