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Who on Earth Are You?: A Field Guide to Identifying and Knowing Yourselfby Nick Inman
Synopses & Reviews
When Nick Inmans bank asked him to identify himself he realized he had an interesting problem. Who was he really? How did he know who he was? And how on earth could he prove it beyond doubt that the person inside his head was the same as the person outside, as detailed on his documentation?
Moving like a detective story, this book pieces together the formula or recipe for a complete human being, listing ingredients from the prosaic to the surprising.
Self-knowledge - even merely posing questions about our true nature - is an essential part of personal growth; but its more important than that. All knowledge depends on it: how can we know anything if we dont know who is asking the questions and giving sense to reality? Can we be truly virtuous and empathetic if we dont know where these feelings stem from?
En route to its destination, the book addresses some intriguing conundrums. Can science offer a complete description of an individual; without accepting the existence of mind, consciousness and spirit? Are we in danger of losing ourselves as we are taken over by our virtual identities? How does suffering shape us and equip us to help others to heal? Is technology (biometrics) the best way to decide between friend and foe? And what will be the future for the human soul when we allow machines to become people” too?
Acknowledging that the question Who am I? can cause a great deal of philosophical and scientific consternation, this thoughtful guide helps readers explore the question for themselves. Offering a fresh look on the superficial daily details used by society—such as name, face, and job title—deeper inquiries are brought into the discussion. Delving into layers of identity from passwords and statistics to relationships and spirituality, vital guidance is provided for ones journey to self-realization. A valuable tool for teaching empathy, cooperation, and self-awareness, this helpful book is a detective story traversing the fascinating territory of the inner-self, memory, mind, and soul.
About the Author
Nick Inman is a writer, a photographer, and a translator. He is the author, coauthor, and editor of more than 30 books, including Eyewitness Spain, The Optimist's Handbook, and the Road Less Traveled: Amazing Places Off the Tourist Trail.
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