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Is There A Real You?

Is There A Real You?

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  •  20 Prince of Wales Road, London, NW5 3LG
Suitable for: Adults
Dr Julian Baggini is the author, co-author or editor of over 20 books including The Virtues of the Table, The Ego Trick, Freedom Regained (all Granta) and, most recently, The Ed... More Info »
This Funzing Experience:
The idea that “self is an illusion” has never been so popular, with advocates drawing on neuroscience, philosophy and ancient Buddhism. Philosopher Julian Baggini, author of The Ego Trick, argues that this is too simplistic. You are real, but not in the way you probably thought you were, and this has implications for how we live and how we face death.

We're always being told to "be ourselves" – when working, dating, studying or just being. But what does it mean to be yourself and is it really desirable?

His TEDx talk which
challenges the idea that there is a real you waiting to be uncovered and that being ourselves ought to be the priority has been view over a million times.

We should rather embrace the changing, fluid nature of the self to become what our better selves would want us to be.


Venue: The Grafton

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm


*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.


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