View Poll Results: Where does personal identity come from?

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  • The cells in my body

    9 22.50%
  • The neurons in my brain

    13 32.50%
  • The molecules in my brain

    7 17.50%
  • The information pattern in my brain

    13 32.50%
  • My five basic senses

    9 22.50%
  • My soul, life force, or something else metaphysical

    18 45.00%
  • Other

    15 37.50%
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Thread: Where does personal identity come from?

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    fyi Re: Where does personal identity come from?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    But twins have the same genes...do you believe they have the same identity?

    As for senses...what if I could mimic everything that you see, hear, taste, smell, and touch? Would you and I be the same person then?
    Twins do not have the "same genes."

    Even the most "identical" set of twins are not "absolutely identical."

    The genetic markers for identity may be in the same places,... however, the genetic markers (chemical compounds) do not represent all the characteristics of that compound.

    It's like assigning 1's and 0's for the presense or the absense of certain compounds.

    In 'identical twins; the ones and zeros will match up.

    But this is not a representation of the strength, weakness or other variations in those compounds and or how they will express themselves in the organism's development.
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    Re: Where does personal identity come from?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    What do you think is the basis for personal identity? What makes you you, and not someone else?
    I think it's a combination of biological and spiritual. Now, don't confuse my sense of spirituality with religious beliefs. I just believe that every person has a 'soul-like' identity that is totally unique to him/her. I do believe that that particular essense survives after the biological shell dies - but I'm not prepared to state that there is a heaven or hell.. just another dimension in which our "souls" continue on.

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