One of the most interesting aspects of my graduate work was research in the physiology of self recognition, especially in the areas of immunology and neurology.
How each of us knows who we are is entwined at the cellular level with how our bodies build the structure (and how our bodies are the structure) of increasing refinements of categorization (through which something new is seen as being like something we already know).
One of the things we routinely rely on friends for is knowing us when we feel like we’ve lost touch with ourselves in some way, whether it’s what we look like in a pair of jeans or some way we’re behaving that seems unfamiliar (“Do you think it’s ok if I do this?”)
In this article, “Mirrors Don’t Lie. Mislead? Oh, Yes”, Natalie Angier catches us up recent brain research involving mirrors and how we know what we think we know. (camera obscura by Abelardo Morell)
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