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What is "I" made out of? What am "I" made out of? A matter of semantics on one level, but a very relevant, important question on another. Looking at Christopher Reeves, a man who essentially lost his body, we seem to have come to the conclusion that "he," the person his family and friends knew, existed above his neck. His mind was still functional and thus he retained his personality, regardless of his body's dysfunctional machinery. Can we locate the mind? Can we put a finger on "I"? Is "I" immaterial? Am "I" immaterial? I am associated with my body, but "I" is not my body. "I" am not my body. This conclusion has many philosophical implications and raises some interesting questions on death. When the body dies does the man die? etc.


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