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Mark Smith's Avatar Jump to comment 563 by Mark Smith

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I'm back after watching an exciting game of boys football. A fine 5 - 3 victory!

What does the word "me", above, mean?

The answers given by others above pretty much cover it for me also: 'me' is a (very useful) construct of the brain. 'You' on the other hand are the animal which my brain posits as the reason for various words which keep appearing on the screen in front of me.

It would seem that you are suggesting that I should reflect on my self-consciousness and conclude from it that there is something more to 'me' than mere brain activity. I would agree that the sense of self is very strong, and I can see why people conclude as you do. But there is plenty of evidence to suggest they are wrong to do so. To give just one example, for a number of hours every day 'I' disappear or dissolve away. That disappearance appears to correlate with reduced brain activity during certain periods of sleep.

Do you have anything more than intuition to support your view that 'me' is more than brain activity?

Sun, 28 Mar 2010 13:55:00 UTC | #453328