The Hungry Ego – On our self-obsessed culture

Modern neuroscience has confronted us with a strange truth that is almost impossible to accept: we don’t exist. The concept of an ‘I’ that rides around in the head and is one coherent and fluid essence has been proven biologically inaccurate. Although we feel like a single unified entity, the conscious being is in fact a complex collection of chemicals and electrical firings that combine to create the illusion of a stable self.

This realization should come as a total shock to us all, yet we will go on acting like our imaginary inner character does exist. It’s difficult to grasp this concept because we form such a strong sense of self that is imbedded in our perception of the world. This self-identity is an illusion, but one that’s nearly impossible to shed.


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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