What defines you as "you"?

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  1. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    Thanks.
     
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  3. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    Prosopagnosia
     
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  5. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    Even better! Muchas gracias!
     
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  7. The Marquis Only want the best for Nigel Valued Senior Member

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    Hah! I will admit I did not read it; consider me suitably chastised.

    Actually, my follow up comment was befuddled as well. I wrote
    "Usually, people define their sense of self by identifying and sympathising closely with what they believe they are not."

    Which is clearly hogwash, an attempt at placing words which were not required and actually served to reverse the point. I'm actually a little surprised that no one took me to task for it; as much as I am capable these days of being surprised at such a thing.
     
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  8. river

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    What defines you as " you "

    For me its my attitude towards Humanity , Knowledge , Understanding, Exploration

    Which is being open to new ideas and to think for yourself
     
  9. Read-Only Valued Senior Member

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    It's really quite simple if you just think about it. You are just the result of a combined series of life experiences - nothing more and nothing less.
     
  10. river

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    So are you determined then ?
     
  11. The Marquis Only want the best for Nigel Valued Senior Member

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    That is where the question is, really, isn't it.

    What do we do with those life experiences.
    As much as one can expound on the notion that one is the summation of ones experiences, it cannot escape notice that some use that experience differently than others.
     
  12. river

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    Attitude
     
  13. The Marquis Only want the best for Nigel Valued Senior Member

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    That simple?
     
  14. river

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    That simple
     
  15. The Marquis Only want the best for Nigel Valued Senior Member

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    Viscerally, I might agree. Do, in fact.

    But there is more, isn't there?
     
  16. river

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    What do mean by , more ?

    If we were face to face , I would ask the same question , I'm inquiring

    Or Just asking
     
  17. The Marquis Only want the best for Nigel Valued Senior Member

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    That question mark wasn't spurious.
     
  18. The Marquis Only want the best for Nigel Valued Senior Member

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    No, this deserves more.
    River, I'm no guru. I don't have the answers. I do disparage those who claim to, though. Well... when I don't agree with those answers. Things are so much more complex that some try to pretend they are.

    I suspect that... I'm not sure.
    I don't believe that all men are created equal. By which I mean, the brain is as subject to deformity as much as the body is. And some brains are superior to others. I shouldn't really have even used the word "deformity", because it lends itself to the belief that a brain can be faulty.
    I don't think that it can be. It works, or it doesn't.

    We like to believe that this makes all brains equal - it does not.
     
  19. river

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    false , no

    the question mark is serious

    I want to know what you think or thinking , perhaps it might be something or perspective I have not considered
     
  20. Landau Roof Registered Senior Member

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    We think of the soul and spiritual stuff as being 'vaporous' as you say and somehow insubstantial, but perhaps we should see such as more substantial than this reality of ours, which may be no more than a temporary dream.
     
  21. river

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    anything more to add before I answer

    just asking
     
  22. The Marquis Only want the best for Nigel Valued Senior Member

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    For the sake of simplicity, I'll just say that we're perfectly accepting of an athlete being physically superior, and willing to admit that this man is superior to ourselves in terms of capability. But the intellect is sacrosanct.
    Inviolable.

    Most are little more than ants in a nest. Drones.
    We all like to believe that we're more than that; the evidence would seem to indicate we are not.

    Unless we are.

    ...
     
  23. river

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    you are
     

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