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Why We Have the Illusion of Self

Michael Taft | 1:59


 There's several overarching delusions, but they come down to, um, very important survival mechanisms for. Beings, let's say beings, probably humans, uh, certainly humans, but probably also at least higher mammals and so on have, I suspect, have very similar delusions since we evolved directly from them. Um, so when I say delusion, normally, uh, people are gonna think immediately, well, that's a bad thing.

Uh, we don't wanna be diluted, we wanna be awakened. But of course, these particular delusions could be very broadly packed under the label. Of, uh, biases, cognitive biases. It's in the way, in the same way that we evolve to have negativity bias for really important ecological, environmental, uh, evolutionary reasons, right?

Um, in the same way that we have various biases about, you know, the. The way our vision processes the world around us or our sound, identifies objects of different sorts. Our ears identify objects of different sorts in the sound field in just that same way. We have a giant overarching bias of the mind, which is to assemble.

Uh, self and world and place, self and world in an even broader assembly of kind of a platform of space and time, and to then conceptualize everything as an environment with things in it, moving around and interacting. So this is the delusion I'm talking about. And of course, An extremely useful, helpful delusion that helps us for turn, you know, food into adults, right?

Food into babies, into adults over and over again for a billion years.

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