Who am I? What am I talking about when I say “I”? What is a “self”? Who, in fact, is even asking these questions?
Selves exist, but they are virtual. Non-self exists, and it is actual. Both, however, are completely real.
The first event of The Open! Using Daniel Quinn’s “Ishmael” as our jumping-off point, we discussed topics ranging from the evolution of consciousness, to the teleology of biological life, to the fuzziness of boundaries between conceptual categories. The great achievement of the book, we decided, was its ability to engender strong, polarizing reactions.