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Memory and identity

When we try to explain to ourselves or to others what constitutes our core self – if indeed to try to do this at all – we often turn to our past experiences. Surely a large part of who we are is what we have experienced and the knowledge we have acquired along the way. But is there more to the self than experience? Would remain in any sense ourselves if our memories were taken from us? Over at The Atlantic, Daniel Levitin takes a closer look at the case of retrograde amnesia and the self that remains when memory is lost.… Read the rest

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