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Leah Bonnell's picture

Self and the I-function

From the discussion in class it seems like the I-function is what we consider "self." Differences in the I-function maybe responsible for each person's unique perspective. To me it makes sense that some actions require the I-function, while other more basic actions, like walking or breathing, do not need the I-function. Everyone pretty much breathes and walks in the same way, using the same muscles. The I-functions can account for differences between individuals. Maybe passing through the I-function box causes people to respond differently to the same stimuli. 

If the I-function is our "self" then it must be able fluid to change. As individuals learn/ are influenced by their culture and experiences, the I-function must also change. Also,I don't think the I-function exists as a single palpable area of the brain but a much more complex pattern of activity across the brain. To me, the term I-function is a convenient way a labeling a pattern of activity that is responsible for our sense of self.


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