Perspectives on the Self: Conversations on Identity and Consciousness / Edition 1 available in Paperback
The perdurable question, "Who am I?" points to a deeply rooted needwithin us to understand the basis for the experience of unitaryconsciousness known as the Self. Today, the word "self" has come torefer to a host of intersecting ideas, questions, concerns, andproblems that are central to the human condition and predicament.At the same time, our fundamental experience of selfhood hasinevitably led to the pursuit of the related but equally enigmaticquestion of "What is the Self?" Historically, concepts and theoriesof what constitutes the Self abound and, at times, have been sodisparate that the term has assumed radically different meaningsacross disciplines. In partnership with the Nour Foundation, the New York Academy ofSciences presented a six-part series of public events, fromDecember 2010 through May 2011, examining the question "What is theSelf?" The series brought together experts from the sciences andhumanities to discuss the evolving notion, construct, andexperience of the Self without losing sight of the subjective valuethat makes this topic so integral to each of us. In additionto transcripts from each of the six public events, shortperspective articles by several of the participants explorespecific issues related to their individual experiences and fieldstudy. NOTE: Annals volumes are available for sale as individualbooks or as a journal. For information on institutional journalsubscriptions, please visit http://ordering.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/subs.asp?ref=1749-6632&doi=10.1111/(ISSN)1749-6632.ACADEMY MEMBERS: Please contact the New York Academy of Sciencesdirectly to place your order (www.nyas.org). Members of the NewYork Academy of Science receive full-text access to Annalsonline and discounts on print volumes. Please visit http://www.nyas.org/MemberCenter/Join.aspxfor more information about becoming a member.