Identity

"Who am I?" This is a question that we have all asked ourselves over the course of our lives. Especially in times where we act in ways that seem counter to our own perspective of our identity.

Let's start by acknowleding what we are not. As an individual, no matter how we may be doing in life, we should agree that in isolation we would not be very capable. There have been a few cases of feral children which have been documented and they us some insight of what we would be without those around us. It would be unreasonable to expect people in these circumstances to comprehend or develop sophisticated machinery or complex mathematics even that person were us. So then, where does that leave us? How do we separate what parts are us and what are the other parts?

The Cultural Organism

Richard Dawkins coined the term memetics in his book The Selfish Gene. It describes unit of culture which can replicate by jumping from mind to mind. We can expand this concept into the concept of memetic organisms. By looking at culture as organisms, we can gain clarity toward how we work as individuals and how we interplay with society.

The Physical Organism

With the idea of memetic organisms in mind, we return back to our physical bodies. We can think of our bodies and minds as forming the plane of existence of these memetic organisms.

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