Empirical Grounding

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Thomas Metzinger's Being No-One

I’m not saying there is no outside world and I’m also not saying we’re not in contact with it and we don’t act in the world, but just for conscious experience, how it appears to you, that is actually an inner space, that is something that is very local in your own brain. In the real world there is no self as one substantial thing. That’s part of the simulation.(Thomas Metzinger)



Vilayanur Ramachandran's mirror Neurons: 
There is no real independent self, aloof from other human beings, inspecting the world, inspecting other people. You are, in fact, connected not just via Facebook and Internet, you’re actually quite literally connected by your neurons.” (Vilayanur Ramachandran)
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David Hume's Treatise on Human Nature. Book 1 of The Understanding Section 4:
I never can catch myself at any time without a perception, and never can observe any thing but the perception. When my perceptions are remov’d for any time, as by sound sleep; so long am I insensible of myself, and may truly be said not to exist. (David Hume)
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Julian Baggini's "The Ego Trick"

Are you still the person who lived fifteen, ten or five years ago? Fifteen, ten or five minutes ago? Can you plan for your retirement if the you of thirty years hence is in some sense a different person? What and who is the real you? Does it remain constant over time and place, or is it something much more fragmented and fluid? Is it known to you, or are you as much a mystery to yourself as others are to you?With his usual wit, infectious curiosity and bracing scepticism, Julian Baggini sets out to answer these fundamental and unsettling questions. His fascinating quest draws on the history of philosophy, but also anthropology, sociology, psychology and neurology; he talks to theologians, priests, allegedly reincarnated Lamas, and delves into real-life cases of lost memory, personality disorders and personal transformation; and, candidly and engagingly, he describes his own experiences. After reading "The Ego Trick," you will never see yourself in the same way again.

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The Ego Trick(Book)

The Embodied Mind by Varela, Thompson and Rosch

There is no abstract knower of an experience that is separate from the experience itself.

Representing a watershed in cognitive science. At long last mainstream science began to take the notion eperientialism and embodiment seriously.

Sources: Academic- The Embodied Mind