Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Identity in the 21th century

Susan Greenfield is a British scientist, writer, broadcaster and speaker. She researches the impact of the 21th century technologies on the mind, how the brain generates consciousness, and  wrote  several novels about Alzheimer`s and Parkinson`s.

In her book The Quest for identity in the 21th century she describes the impacts of the modern technological tools on the brain and the changes caused by this in our way of thinking about ourselves and in our perception of the world.

While describing the different identity-scenarios of the Somebody/Nobody/Anybody/? she leaves some hope for us and believes in the power of the person in consciously choosing a certain way of life, and an own identity through conscious actions.

S. Greenfield talking about the human brain (nice cover pic for the video..):

"If we reflect on our actual experience of acting in daily life, often we find that although we wanted to do something, to actually do it was very difficult. On the other hand, we often end up doing those very things that we try not to do, seemingly against our will. To overcome this problem is the fundamental task in our life.
If we look at life from the point of view of what we should or ought to do, if we are unable to do what we should do, we feel that we are not living with dignity. And if we cannot live how we want to live, we feel that we are less than human. The ability to control ourselves is an extremely valuable thing in daily life"
- Nishijima Roshi

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