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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References:

Bianconi, E. et al. (2013)  An estimation of the number of cells in the human body, Annals of Human Biology 40(6)

Cipolla, C. (2012) Return of the Pedophilic Brain Tumor: Acquired versus Innate Pedophilia, The Neuroethics Blog (http://www.theneuroethicsblog.com/2012/09/return-of-pedophilic-brain-tumor.html)

Lifespan of human cells defined: most cells are younger than the individual (2005) Times Higher Education (https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/life-span-of-human-cells-defined-most-cells-are-younger-than-the-individual/198208.article)

McLeod, S. A. (2008). Social identity theory, Simply Psychology (www.simplypsychology.org/social-identity-theory.html)

Radford, B. (2011) Does the Human Body Really Replace Itself Every 7 Years?, Live Science (https://www.livescience.com/33179-does-human-body-replace-cells-seven-years.html)

Tajfel, H. & Turner, J. C. (1979). An integrative theory of intergroup conflict. The social psychology of intergroup relations?, 33, 47.

Twomey, S. (2010) Phineas Gage: Neuroscience’s Most Famous Patient, SmithsonianMag.com (https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/phineas-gage-neurosciences-most-famous-patient-11390067/)

Young, E. (2013) Neurons Could Outlive the Bodies That Contain Them, National Geographic (http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/02/25/neurons-could-outlive-the-bodies-that-contain-them/)

Further Reading

Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain – Antonio Damasio
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Descartes-Error-Emotion-Reason-Human-ebook/dp/B0031RS9I4 

Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are – Joseph LeDoux
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Synaptic-Self-How-Brains-Become/dp/0142001783 

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