22/09/2015 - Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing
YOU'RE NOT THE SAME
Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing
WRITTEN BY Olivia Goldhill
September 20, 2015
While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then—your essential being—was intrinsically the same as it is today.
“Buddhists argue that nothing is constant, everything changes through time, you have a constantly changing stream of consciousness,” Evan Thompson, a philosophy of mind professor at the University of British Columbia, tells Quartz. “And from a neuroscience perspective, the brain and body is constantly in flux. There’s nothing that corresponds to the sense that there’s an unchanging self.” more...