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What makes you you, without falling back on a "soul" argument?

Started this discussion. Last reply by IkeArrumba Mar 1, 2014. 20 Replies

 Since my falling away from Christianity, I've rejected the idea of a soul. I think the essence of who we are lies within the combination of our personality and our life experiences which shape our…Continue

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IkeArrumba replied to Roxi's discussion 'What makes you you, without falling back on a "soul" argument?'
"I don't believe in souls, so it's not something i have to fall back on. I've been doing quite a bit of reading on the brain and the work that is being done dealing with the cognitive functions of the brain and the human personality.…"
Mar 1, 2014
Tom Sarbeck replied to Roxi's discussion 'What makes you you, without falling back on a "soul" argument?'
"To people who cast doubt on existence, I might say "If you will consent to my sticking a needle or pin into your arm, you can tell me if you exist." I will want their consent in writing. "
Feb 27, 2014
Fnord replied to Roxi's discussion 'What makes you you, without falling back on a "soul" argument?'
"The future is indeterminate, and memories of the past are extremely susceptible to the power of suggestion. Add into that memory altering substances such as alcohol or medical MMJ, and one might argue that I only exist here in the present. What…"
Feb 26, 2014
Unseen replied to Roxi's discussion 'What makes you you, without falling back on a "soul" argument?'
"Why use a term with confusing spiritual connotations?"
Feb 26, 2014
James Cox replied to Roxi's discussion 'What makes you you, without falling back on a "soul" argument?'
"I just figure that the 'soul' is what makes 'me', 'ME', and not 'YOU'. I do not see it as 'spirit', but more like 'programming' within this rather large 'wet-drive' of a brain."
Feb 26, 2014
Unseen replied to Roxi's discussion 'What makes you you, without falling back on a "soul" argument?'
"What makes you you is BEING you. I'm with the existentialists on this: every person is a creation of that person by that person."
Feb 26, 2014
Simon Paynton replied to Roxi's discussion 'What makes you you, without falling back on a "soul" argument?'
""remember" - consciously, or unconsciously?  There are things that happen to us that we don't consciously recall, yet they shape our subconscious. "
Feb 26, 2014
Sagacious Hawk replied to Roxi's discussion 'What makes you you, without falling back on a "soul" argument?'
""So perhaps the entirety of me-ness is the compilation of every me in every moment of the past, such that its a continuum from my birth until now"Well, I have to say, not quite. You are the entirety of you that you remember. There are…"
Feb 25, 2014
mick herman replied to Roxi's discussion 'What makes you you, without falling back on a "soul" argument?'
"Think of it like evolution, one day cannot drastically change a person, such that they are not recognisable (in terms of personality, not looks), nor can a year, likewise one generation cannot change an organisms species. Yet over many years a…"
Feb 25, 2014
Simon Paynton replied to Roxi's discussion 'What makes you you, without falling back on a "soul" argument?'
"I think if you cloned every single molecule, she would have exactly the same memories and personality. "
Feb 25, 2014
Roxi replied to Roxi's discussion 'What makes you you, without falling back on a "soul" argument?'
"Interesting. So perhaps the entirety of me-ness is the compilation of every me in every moment of the past, such that its a continuum from my birth until now. Even further, it stretches out into the future, diverging into different directions at…"
Feb 25, 2014
Roxi replied to Roxi's discussion 'What makes you you, without falling back on a "soul" argument?'
"So a clone of my physical body would be me as well? Same body, but lacking my memories, experience, ect. It would seem to be that even with the same brain structure and temperament, she would lack all the shaping of my personality by my past…"
Feb 25, 2014
H3xx replied to Roxi's discussion 'What makes you you, without falling back on a "soul" argument?'
"I think René Descartes put it a bit more eloquently. "I think, therefor I am." I won't be a total douche-bag and add the Latin for it."
Feb 24, 2014
Yahweh replied to Roxi's discussion 'What makes you you, without falling back on a "soul" argument?'
"the sum of all past experiences shapes who you are"
Feb 24, 2014
Kairan Nierde replied to Roxi's discussion 'What makes you you, without falling back on a "soul" argument?'
"Both versions of that consciousness reside in the same body. Same body, same person. The brain is of the flesh. The mind is of the brain. The mind is of the flesh. "
Feb 24, 2014
Gallup's Mirror replied to Roxi's discussion 'What makes you you, without falling back on a "soul" argument?'
"Cogito ergo sum. (I think therefore I am.) Your thoughts, in simple terms, are memory and association. When someone says "Roxi", you remember that vocalization and associate it with yourself: memory and association. That is what makes you…"
Feb 24, 2014

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