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Sacks, Oliver - Perceptions as a means of 'knowing thyself'

Identifier

014347

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

We are to a large extent – the sum of our perceptions.

We are not our functions, because our functions can change over time – what we can and cannot do.  We have shared functions with other creatures and other human beings, so function does not define us as an entity, but perceptions do.

We, in the end, are our perceptions.

A description of the experience

The Man who mistook his wife for a hat – Oliver Sacks

To be ourselves we must have ourselves – possess, if need be re-possess, our life stories.  We must recollect ourselves, recollect the inner drama, the narrative, of ourselves.  A man needs such a narrative, a continuous inner narrative, to maintain his identity, his self

The source of the experience

Sacks, Oliver

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Know yourself

Commonsteps

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