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Updated: March 11, 2013 12:00 IST
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The Self Illusion

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Latest scientific development shows that our individual concept of a self is an illusion. Most of us believe that we possess a self; an internal individual who makes decisions, authors actions and possesses free will. The feeling that a single, unified, enduring self inhabits the body — the 'me' inside me — is compelling and inescapable. But that sovereignty of self is increasingly under threat from science as our understanding of the brain advances. The self we believe in is actually an ever-changing character, created by the brain to provide a coherent interface between the multitude of internal processes and the external world demands that require different selves.

The Self Illusion: Who do You Think You are?; Bruce Hood, Constable and Robinson, Rs.350.

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