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Poch Peralta

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Do we lose our 'self' when we lose our memory?

In Philosophy, this is the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist.

Do we lose our 'self' when we lose our memory? I believe that when we lose our memory -- from a disease (Alzheimer's) or any other reason -- we have no more identity because we don't know who we are anymore -- we don't have 'self' anymore. In a way, that affirms that only the self exists. We lose our 'self', we lose everything including reality.


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  • Oct 16 2013: Personally I do not think it is our memory that makes us who we are. It is only a reference or base.

    The most important point I'd like to make is that, when we lose our memory we lose the connection between our spirit and our brain. Our memory, and who we are, is still there. I see our brain as the 'receiver' of the body that receives imput from our spirit, if healthy.
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      Oct 17 2013: The connection between our spirit and our brain. Excellent point Adriaan. You've just given me another issue to research on.
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      Oct 17 2013: I somewhat believe if we lose memory of who we are but died happy or peaceful, our spirit would be in bliss. I think this article by Sandy Stevenson confirms that:

      ' Because you are leaving the 3D world where one uses memory in order to
      know something. You are heading for the 5th dimension where KNOWING is
      the way to operate. Your memory is disappearing to encourage you to
      use your ability to respond intuitively. It is time now to simply know
      what you need to know in any given moment. Losing your memory is a
      positive happening! It affects all age groups...'
      • Oct 17 2013: Hi Poch, Thanks for your kind words. I do not have much time right now so I'll leave a link to a booklet that deals with how the soul and the body interact. When this was first written the title used the word "intercourse' between soul and body. Since that word has only one meaning nowadays, it has been changed :)
        But this is the link, maybe you can copy and paste it.
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          Oct 17 2013: Great link Adriaan. Although I'd like to point out that the issue is more about loss of interaction between mind and soul and not the interaction between them. Thanks again.

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