I think the information pattern in my brain is the only thing that could logically make me me. It can't be genetics; if I have a twin or clone myself, we're still different people. It can't be individual cells or molecules in our body; those are dying and being replaced all the time. And I don't even think it's our sensory perception, as you could theoretically mimic my senses through a virtual reality device, but I think we would still be different people.
I think the information pattern in our brains is the only thing unique about us. That includes sensory input, but also includes our memories and thought processes.
Are you coming to bed?
I can't. This is important.
Someone is WRONG on the internet! -XKCD
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
The best example of this, I think, is twins. People with as close to the same DNA as possible. They look, talk, and sound the same. But, they can have fundamentally different personalities.
Veni. Vidi. Vici.
-Gaius Julius Caesar
The Only Thing to Fear is Fear Itself.
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
God. It's obvious.
Your life experiences, your responses to them, and especially your memories are a large part of who you are as a person. Meeting someone with advanced Alzheimers shows a house that is no longer occupied by the owner.
I love the smell of face-palm in the morning!
"You ain't no Muslim bruv!"