Sam Harris: The self delusion

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Is the voice in your head who you really are? Most of us believe that there is a 'thinker' in our heads, who is thinking all our thoughts. My guest this week Sam Harris - neuroscientist, philosopher, New York Times best-selling author, host of the Making Sense podcast, and creator of the Waking Up app - argues that this is an illusion. Sam says if we can clearly see this, we can largely bring an end to our own suffering. Not pain – which is inevitable – but the psychological suffering that occurs BECAUSE we identify with our thoughts. Thoughts simply arise in consciousness, or in other words awareness, on their own. There is no separate thinker. Before you say this sounds a bit far fetched – Sam does share logical and experiential ways to show that thoughts arise of their own accord.

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