I, me, this person

In his forthcoming book, Julian Baggini (see article, New Scientist, March 12th) will probably, address the fact that we each of us experience our “self” both as first person singular – “I”, as first person plural – “we” – and as second, and sometimes third, person – “me” and “us”.

And that first person is experienced differently in different tenses:

I think, therefore I was;

I feel, therefore I am;

I ought, therefore I shall be.

As for “free will”, aren’t scientists busy applying it all the time, when they decide that something is true, and they write an article about their findings, and that something else is false, and say so? What would “truth” be, if we are not “free” to recognise it?

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