‘The self as illusion’

by Arran James

A video of a panel discussion from a recent event. If any kind soul stumbles on this and has access to the Annuls of the New York Academy of Science would like to gift me the paper of the same name as this entry, I’ll give you a kiss on the genitals.


Moderated by Krista Tippett, creator and host of America Public Media’s On Being, philosophers Thomas Metzinger (University of Mainz, Germany) and Evan Thompson (University of Toronto) join cardiologist and expert on near-death experiences Pim van Lommel (Hospital Rijnstate, the Netherlands) to examine recent developments in neuroscience and philosophy that shed light on whether our conscious experience of a unified self is reality or illusion. The following is an edited transcript of the discussion that occurred December 7, 2010, 6:00–7:30 PM, at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City.