Sacks, Oliver - Perceptions as a means of 'knowing thyself'
Type of Spiritual Experience
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 experienceSacks, Oliver
Concepts, symbols and science items
Perceptions - accessing perceptions
Perceptions - what happens to perceptions
Perceptions - what has perceptions
Perceptions and memory