The Self Illusion. How the Social Brain Creates Identity. Bruce Hood. Paperback of the successful hardcover that sold over 4, copies in the US alone in its first . 23 May Bruce Hood, Ph.D Experiencing a self illusion may have tangible functional benefits in the way we think and act, but that does not mean that it. 24 May What could it mean to say that the self is an illusion? Here’s Bruce Hood, author of the new book The Self Illusion, in an interview at Sam Harris’.

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Those who embrace the self illusion feel fulfilled and purposeful. Examination of the self has traditionally been a philosophical issue but there’s little philosophy here and where it exists it’s incredibly elementary.

Hood’s opinion on this for sure Eastern illusiin give us a spiritual outlook.

Who we are is, in short, a story sef our self–a narrative that our brain creates. We can see, touch, crunch, and taste the apple. But Behavioural Neurosciences gives us a pinpointed answer.

So, 10 years ago, we moved back to the illjsion just south of Bath. Often this happens when we are young. In The Self Illusion, Bruce Hood reveals how the self emerges during childhood and how the architecture of the developing brain enables us to become social animals dependent on each other.

It’s not only to learn from others, Hood hoof, but also to learn to become like others. What is the Self Illusion? What I got was a This book ought to be titled ‘The self illusion illusion’ as it’s an illusion that Hood has addressed the issue of the self illusion.

The closest thing to pinpointing a self in the brain might turn out to be Michael Gazzaniga’s “interpreter” in the left hemisphere. Freudian thinking was also based upon the idea of a socially developed self that gained definition through reflection from others. If the self is an illusion, then you’re going to be hard-pressed to avoid the strictest definition of determinism.

There are many books that detail how the sense of self is created from the neuronal level up for instance, the work of Antonio D’Amasio is excellent for this but this book takes the approach from the macro-side: Do we really think we know everything about our behaviour? Hood quite often and emphatically repeats in the book, does exist, this book will provide little insight.


Lists with This Book. It reeked of a mechanistic, sterile, matter-of-fact “you are your brain” worldview which I must admit I’m tired of and find boring, but I should have expected as much since You Are Not So Smart comes from pretty much the same mental place. In the infamous Stanford Prison Experimentfor example, college students transformed into brutal guards who abused fellow students playing inmates.

The Self Illusion: Why There is No ‘You’ Inside Your Head [Extract]

By rejecting the notion of a core self and considering how we are a multitude of competing urges and impulses, I think it is easier to understand why we suddenly go off the rails.

The fact that the United States has politics that are conflictual hodo contradictory, does not mean that the United States does not exist. The “Kanizsa triangle” analogy is whipped out at the last minute and presented as though it’s the culmination of the entire book. I will definitely look for more books written about this topic.

There is evidence of homophily — the grouping together of individuals who share a common perspective, which is not too surprising. I conduct research, teach, and of course, write books. I particularly liked the way it made me question environmental influences and social pressures people pleasing.

The Self Illusion

Similar ideas about the self can be found in Buddhism and the writings of Hume and Spinoza. You can’t have free will only when you evaluate the evidence that supports a lack of free will–that’s the worst form of special pleading!

In order to spread this lunacy, they must acknowledge that there exists one who has “knowledge” that one wishes to deliver to another. I exist because I am contemplating all of this. One or more items could not be added because you hoox not logged in. The speed and ease at which we can form alliances and relationships is outstripping the same selection processes that shaped our self prior to the internet era.

Answering the question of who is experiencing the illusion or interpreting the story is much more problematic. Is it the “psychological and physiological evidence” to which you refer? When people realize that this is a kind of fabrication, a necessary illusion we must live with, perhaps we could do a better job getting over ourselves and thinking the Little Man or Little Woman in our noggin is so important. Those who reject the notion of a self in control of destiny, lead sadder, less satisfying lives.


Schwartz and Jennifer Unger. Most of us have an experience of a self. Consequently living with more self discipline,mind clarity,success and happiness.

The self illusion : how the social brain creates identity

If the self is not what it seems, then what is it? Can we operate without a self? A sugary drink will help restore it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Don’t waste your time or money unless you want some very fluffy scientific stories about babies. The book basically consists of anecdotes, generally about babies and most of these anecdotes you would have seen better expounded by other popular science authorsdisjointedly hoping to show that there is no single, enduring self. This is an age that could use some serious examination of the nature of the self, and while this book doesn’t live up to its title, it is a good start.

The Self Illusion: Why There is No ‘You’ Inside Your Head [Extract] by Bruce M. Hood

I really wish I could have given this book at least four stars H The last chapter summarises the whole book in such a clear and concise way, you almost don’t have to read all the preceding chapters and you’ll still be able to see the argument. This can easily give fhe idea and also the illusion of the self not existing independently.

The self is an illus Hood’s thesis is that the self is an illusion, but what this means is not clear. This book provides both scientific and experimental explanation of the “self” being an illusion and a mere reflection of it’s context. I think it is helpful to distinguish between the two ways of thinking about the self that William James talked about. I have a few questions about your comments, and perhaps a few answers for your questions