This is a wondefully written, funny and idea-dense article from The Atlantic about "The Self". It's one of those rare articles that feels like a distillation of a 700 page non-fiction book. I've been thinking about this stuff for a long time- since reading Marvin Minsky's "The Society of Mind", Douglas Hofstaedter, and more recently Steven Pinker on "split brain" patients (those whose left and right hemispheres have been surgically disconnected).
Sunday, October 26, 2008
We Not I
"Late at night, when deciding not to bother setting up the coffee machine for the next morning, I sometimes think of the man who will wake up as a different person, and wonder, What did he ever do for me? When I get up and there’s no coffee ready, I curse the lazy bastard who shirked his duties the night before."