Friday, June 24, 2011

RSA - What Does it Mean to be You? with Julian Baggini

This talk by Julian Baggini is based on and promotion for his new book, The Ego Trick: In Search of the Self, which has received excellent reviews so far.

What Does it Mean to be You?

26th May 2011; 13:00

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RSA Thursday

What is the self? Is it something solid which remains constant over time? Or something far more elusive?

Can we ever fully “know” ourselves? Or are we as mysterious to ourselves as others are to us? Do we have an unchanging core or is the self simply a constantly mutating bundle of sensations and thoughts?

Drawing on a wide range of sources, from modern brain science to ancient Buddhist thought, acclaimed philosopher Julian Baggini embarks upon one of the most fundamental of philosophical enquiries. What is the “you-ness” of you?

Speaker: Julian Baggini is the founder of the Philosopher’s Magazine and author of a number of best-selling books, including The Pig that Wants to be Eaten and, most recently, The Ego Trick.

Chair: Dr Jonathan Rowson, the RSA Social Brain project.

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