003 What Makes You, You?

Today we’re looking at identity and the biology, psychology, and sociology behind what makes you, you?

What makes up your identity and how much of an influence do others have on it? Are we purely physical beings made up of cells and chemicals and other squidgy bits, or is there more to it? Think about creating clones, teleportations, cell renewal and even somehow recreating the human brain in a computer simulation… how do we really know what makes you, you?

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Further Reading

Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain – Antonio Damasio

Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are – Joseph LeDoux


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