Is there something unique that defines who we are, that sets us apart from other people? Some essence or core that remains the same, regardless of the experiences, knowledge, etc. that we gather over time. In his TED talk ‘Is there a real you?’, writer/philosopher Julian Baggini begs to differ, making the case for seeing ourselves as the sum of all the different components that make us into who we are. Not seeing yourself as a fixed identity allows you to give shape to the person you would like to be, he argues. A liberating thought indeed.

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