is a philosophy discussion group meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of every month
from 7.30 to 9.30pm
in the The Bull
in Tanners Street. We cover a large range of topics
. If you have an idea for a topic that you would like us to cover why not drop us a line
? There's no charge for membership and everyone is welcome to drop in. Just bring your brain and some beer money!
The stories we tell ourselves
James Murphy from the School of Psychology at Christ Church University, will be talking about how we create our personal identities through the narratives we tell ourselves and come to believe. This leads on to a consideration of the possibility of self-deception and whether it is possible to be mistaken about our own states of mind and whether our very sense of 'self' which looks so solid is really just an illusion.
Articles & Videos
- Life's Stories
- Life stories do not simply reflect personality. They are personality, or more accurately, they are important parts of personality, along with other parts, like dispositional traits, goals, and values. In the realm of narrative psychology, a person’s life story is not a Wikipedia biography of the facts and events of a life, but rather the way a person integrates those facts and events internally—picks them apart and weaves them back together to make meaning. This narrative becomes a form of identity, in which the things someone chooses to include in the story, and the way she tells it, can both reflect and shape who she is. A life story doesn't just say what happened, it says why it was important, what it means for who the person is, for who they'll become, and for what happens next.
- Our stories, ourselves
- The tales we tell hold powerful sway over our memories, behaviours and even identities, according to research from the burgeoning field of narrative psychology.
- The Illusion of the Self—Sam Harris nterviewed by Bruce Hood
- By rejecting the notion of a core self and considering how we are a multitude of competing urges and impulses, I think it is easier to understand why we suddenly go off the rails. It explains why we act, often unconsciously, in a way that is inconsistent with our self image – or the image of our self as we believe others see us.
- The Illusion of the Self
- The idea that the self is an illusion is not new. David Hume made a similar point, saying the self is merely a collection of experiences. And in early Buddhist texts the Buddha uses the term anatta, which means 'not-self' or the 'illusion of the self'. Thus Buddhism contrasts to, for example, Cartesianism, which says that there is a conscious entity behind all of our thoughts.
- Is there a real me?
- In this 12 minute video Julian Baggini argues that while there is no eternal esssence or core to the human being and that we are simply the sum of our parts that does not lead to the conclusion that we are just illusions. However, it does mean that we need to revise our concept of what a 'self' is.