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Self - A Delusion?
by Shelton Ranasinghe   

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Philosophy

Publisher:  Shelton Ranasinghe Type: 
Pages: 

90

Copyright:  August 11, 2012 ISBN-13:  9781452489704
Non-Fiction

     

A stimulating analysis combining cutting edge research and the thinking of modern and ancient philosophers on the elusive topic of "self". Where resides the self? and a host of other questions have baffled man over the past millennia. The writer is realistic enough not to even suggest the possibility of solving all the mysteries. But has presented all components together to get you intrigued.

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Self -A Delusion?

 This books is a stimulating analysis combining cutting edge research and the thinking of modern and ancient philosophers on the elusive topic of "self". Where resides the self? and a host of other questions have baffled man over the past millennia.

The writer is realistic enough not to even suggest the possibility of solving all the mysteries. But he has done a very good job of identifying the components of the jig saw puzzle.

A part of the big picture emerges and the reader reaches a radically new and higher level of comprehension toward the end of the book.

The written style is unique and seems like "here are the facts; you take it on from there”. 


Excerpt

When we come from the baby manufacturing factory, our brains are like fresh flash drives. From day one, our psyche development takes place in our brains. Initially it tries to pick up skills on physical activities. Along with that process, at a slightly lesser pace the brain develops the mental traits that I like to call the “Ego Process”. A principal characteristic of this brain process is to start with an “Identity” and drop the “d” from it to form the “I entity”.

As mind is a process, we always feel young as 21 at any age. Don’t you feel that way? This is true as long as our healthy brain can process thoughts. Processes are not subject to aging though the physical body is. As a result we feel young in our minds all the time. However, when we grow old, depending on the brain’s chemistry, parts of the brains may not function properly. In such instances the thinking processing could get deteriorate. Ex. Patients with Alzheimer’s disease.


Dr. V. Ramachandran who is another well known neurologist has done similar experiments on the hemispheres of the brain. In one experiment he had a method of getting a person to answer questions using one hemisphere of the brain at a time. He found sometimes the answers they give for the same question from the two hemispheres are completely different, thus indicating that there are wholly different two characters in our brains. In a canny manner he expressed that one part of the brain might end up in heaven and other part in hell as he found a person who answered the question “Do you believe in God?”, “yes” by one side and “no” by the other side.

You know about visual illusions. Similarly there are mental illusions. Mental illusions cannot be seen like visual illusions. You need to cognize them mentally.





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