The Mirror


We are not born with an ‘I’ – the ego emerges only gradually as experience shapes our dense web of active symbols

into a tapestry rich and complex enough to begin twisting back upon itself. According to this view the psychological ‘I’ is a narrative fiction, something created only from intake of symbolic data and its own ability to create stories about itself from that data. The consequence is that a perspective (a mind) is a culmination of a unique pattern of symbolic activity

in our nervous systems, which suggests that the pattern of symbolic activity that makes identity,

that constitutes subjectivity, can be replicated within the brains of others.