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i am me
« on: 05/04/2006 00:17:16 »
Some people can lose almost half of their brains and on occasions still function normally after a period of recuperation.  I saw a TV program a while back about a man who had half of his brain blown away and yet he still survived and was able to function normally. but more importantly he knew who he was.

So what part of my brain holds my self consciousness my self being the part that says i am me, my self recognition, my personal spirit , the part that makes me different to everyone else, the part that if i were to change through some futuristic transplant would make me a different person if you get what i mean.

it can be a sum of the total if you get what i mean over-wise the man who lost half his brain would have felt different which he didn't.




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« Reply #1 on: 05/04/2006 02:17:48 »
What do you mean by I am me?

For most people, there sense of me is to do with their memories, but even this is a vague notion.  Most people would regard another person as having lost their personality if they are suffering from atzheimers (as an example), but the question is, do the people who suffer so actually believe they have lost themselves?  These people have lost their short term memory, but not necessarily their links with their distant past.

In other ways, I can say that I am not the same me that I was 20 years ago enough has changed in me, that I no longer behave exactly as I did 20 years ago, yet there is still the perception of continuity (both a perception I have of myself, and a perception others have of me) between the me of 20 years ago and the me of today.

Clearly, there is a lot of brain damage, which can itself lead to all sorts of changes in personality and capability (although often only very subtly perceivable), yet the individual would not regard there being a discontinuity between the person they are and the person they were.


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