Excellent article for anyone interested in determinism.
Geography of Aging and the Illusion of Self
How aging has thought us the importance of geography
Post published by Mario D Garrett PhD on May 04, 2015 in iAge
I think of myself as an entity, as “me.” Separate and distinct from “them” and the outside world. This “me” allows my mind to cleverly edit, interpret and re-interpret the world as though I am consistently at the center of everything that I interact with. My mind also draws a linear story-line from my childhood directly to my older-adulthood. I do not have to think about it because my mind automatically narrates a story for me that is complete where I am at the center and the rest is on the periphery. A story of “me” and “them”, a logical relationship. I have an explanation for everything even though most events in my life are outside of my control. This gives me the impression that I am “me”, separate, distinct and unique, and then there is a “them” an outside. I have conscious will and participate in the world as a free unique and independent agent.
But this belief is a mirage, an illusion of the mind. The idea that we are separate from others is not the complete picture, and this knowledge is just now starting to be exposed. To re-envisioning who we are we have to understand how the “me” came about. This is a radical idea. Such radical ideas have happened before in our collective history and they have changed how we think about who we are.