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Am I I ?

  1. Aug 30, 2007 #1
    Am I I ???

    Am I I or in someone's fantasy ???
    Am I I or a part of someone who is imagining me ???
    Am I I or an imaginary part of a psycho ???

    How could I/yuo know that I'm not suffering from Schizophrenia ????
     
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  3. Aug 30, 2007 #2

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    Note: Thread moved from Social Sciences to Philosophy/ Metaphysics and Epistemology
     
  4. Aug 31, 2007 #3
    "Once I dreamed I was a butterfly, or am I really a butterfly dreaming I am a man?"
    Chuange Tzu

    Does it matter who or what you might really be?
     
  5. Aug 31, 2007 #4

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    Descartes: I think, therefore I am.

    Regardless of what the situation might be outside your perception, you are still consciously able to (conceptually) point at yourself and ask about your own identity. You are aware of yourself as physcially and conceptually distinct from the rest of the universe. That is identity.

    You are you - even if you're in someone else's fantasy.
     
  6. Sep 1, 2007 #5
    In order for the butterfly dreaming of man theory to be accurate, you would have to assume that we live many lives, and in all these lives dream only of being a human. With a steady dream that tells a steady story as we come in and out of it. Do you think this is true?
     
  7. Sep 21, 2007 #6
    "In order for the butterfly dreaming of man theory to be accurate..."- meaningoflight

    It is not a theory, it is a simple perspective on life in general. This whole life could be a Truman Show and you could be an alien on Jupiter dreaming out this whole human life. Maybe Humans do not exist in the real world, assuming this isn't the real world. Maybe it is...how would you know?

    "Does it matter who or what you might really be?"- wuliheron

    Of course it does. To not know who or what you are can drive a person mad. I'd like to know if I was really human and that everything around me is real. If I dwelled on that, I could go insane wondering if anything is real. Most people don't think about it, but when they realize something like that it could be traumatic.

    "Am I I or in someone's fantasy ???
    Am I I or a part of someone who is imagining me ???
    Am I I or an imaginary part of a psycho ???

    How could I/yuo know that I'm not suffering from Schizophrenia ????"

    There is, truthfully, no way to know or find out, at the moment. Maybe everything is fake. Maybe it isn't. I wouldn't dwell on it...
     
  8. Sep 21, 2007 #7
    "You are you - even if you're in someone else's fantasy."- DaveC426913

    The rest of your post is great besides this. If you are someone elses fantasy, you are their invention and you have no identity. You are an extension of another being's mind. Maybe what they wish they could be... maybe simply an identical copy, to keep the inventor company. There are so many possibilities.
     
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