When you say the word "me," you probably feel pretty clear about what that means. It's one of the things you're cleareston in the whole world-something you've understood since you were a year old. You might be working on the question, "Who amI?" but what you're figuring out is the who am part of the question-the I part is obvious. It's just you. Easy.
But when you stop and actually think about it for a minute-about what "me" really boils down to at its core-things start to get pretty weird. Let's give it a try.
We'll start with the first thing most people equate with what a person is-the physical body itself. The Body Theory says that that's what makes you you. And that would make sense. It doesn't matter what's happening in your life-if your body stops working, you die. If Mark goes through something traumatic and his family says, "It really changed him-he's just not the same person anymore," they don't literally mean Mark isn't the same person-he's changed, but he's still Mark, because Mark's body is Mark, no matter what he's acting like. Humans believe they're so much more than a hunk of flesh and bone, but in the end, a physical ant is the ant, a squirrel's body is the squirrel, and a human is its body. This is the Body Theory-let's test it: ...[Continue reading on Waitbutwhy]