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Considering the dangerous polarization we are experiencing globally, it’s a must that I post Sam Harris’ concept of the self as an illusion along with his view on consciousness. In our efforts to understand and define consciousness, it has been somewhat subjective to the point that it can cause confusion on how the mind or our sense of self gets to bridge itself with reality.
In the video below, he discusses the reductionist view on consciousness, the importance of both objective and subjective measures in regards to it, and his usual critic of religion to something that is applicable to our time on how it affects our perception.
According to him, the self is an illusion. Oftentimes we extrapolate from our experiences and make grandiose claims. We treat ourselves as the center. He talks about losing that sense of self which we refer to as the transcendence of the ego in spirituality. And when we do lose that sense of self, our experience of the world becomes much more faithful to the facts or more congruent with reality.
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