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The Self Illusion

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A fascinating examination of how the latest science shows that our individual concept of a self is in fact an illusion. Most of us believe that we possess a self - an internal individual who resides inside our bodies, making decisions, authoring actions and possessing free will. The feeling that a single, unified, enduring self inhabits the body is compelling and inescapable. But that sovereignty of the self is increasingly under threat from science as our understanding of the brain advances. Bruce Hood is the Director of the Cognitive Development Centre at the University of Bristol. He has appeared regularly on TV and radio including The One Show, Start the Week and Newsnight.
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