The strange science of self

Image: The self can be elusive but we might learn more by researching conditions that disrupt it—such as body identity disorder. (Fanatic studio, Getty Images) Most of us take our selves for granted. The concept of the self is something that’s long perplexed scientists and philosophers. Now, clues are being found in neuroscience through the investigation of neurological conditions that disrupt the self. Olivia Willis and Lynne Malcolm report.Who, or what, is ‘I’?It’s a question that humans have obsessed over for millennia. Philosophers continue to debate whether or not the ‘self’ exists while scientists attempt to define the seemingly indefinable.’There are a couple of things that neuroscientists and philosophers wonder a lot about, and these have to do with the unity of experience that we have of being a self.’…

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