Just because the self is a construction, it’s not an illusion

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“In neuroscience, you’ll often come across people who say the self is an illusion created by the brain. My view is that the brain and the body work together in the context of our physical environment to create a sense of self. And it’s misguided to say that just because it’s a construction, it’s an illusion.”

Evan Thompson


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Een andere interessante quote in dit verband:

“Self-processing in the brain is not instantiated in a particular region or network, but rather extends to a broad range of fluctuating neural processes that do not appear to be self specific.”

Reconstructing and deconstructing the self: cognitive mechanisms in meditation practice Cortland J. Dahl Antoine Lutz Richard J. Davidson, OPINION, VOLUME 19, ISSUE 9, P515-523, SEPTEMBER 01, 2015

Anatta doesn’t mean there’s no you; it just means that you are constantly changing, constantly evolving, and shape-shifting. Why is this important? Why does it matter if there’s no solid “you” or “me”?

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