Written by: Mayasa Ali Albalushi
Whenever you say or hear the word “me,” I’m sure that you probably feel pretty clear about what is the meaning of this. It’s one of the clearest things on in the world—something you have understood it since you were a kid. Your brain might be busy on the question, “Who am I?” but what you’re visualizing out is the “who am” part of the question—the “I” part is obvious. It’s just you, much Clear and Easy.
But if you stop for a minute and think about it —about what “me” really abstract down to at its core—things start to be more complicated. Let me explain it.
The Body Theory
I will start with the first thing most people equiponderate with what a person is—the physical body. The Body Theory says that what make you are you. And that would make sense when what is happening in your life doesn’t matter.—if our body stop working, we will go to die. If Ahmed is going through something traumatic and his family says: “He’s really changed. That really changed him—he is not the same parson anymore,” they don’t mean literally that Ahmed isn’t the same person—he’s changed, but he’s still Ahmed, because Ahmed’s body is Ahmed, doesn’t matter what he’s acting like. Humans believe that they’re so much more than flesh and bone, but in the end, a physical ant is just the ant, a rabbit’s body is just the rabbit, and a human is its body. That is the actual Body Theory—let’s tests it:
What’s happening when you cut your fingernails? You’re changing your body, severe some of its atoms. Does that mean you’ will not be you anymore? Definitely no—you’re still as you. How about if you get a liver transplant? Bigger deal, but definitely still you, right? What if something horrible you get a terrible disease and you need to replace your liver, kidney, heart, lungs, blood, and facial tissue with synthetic parts, however after all these surgeries, everything return fine and you can live a normal life . Would your family or your friends say that you had died because you lose most of your physical body? The answer will definitely be No; they wouldn’t do that because still you are you.
So far, the Body Theory isn’t looks too good. Even if you keep changing major parts of the body, you keep being you. But how about your brain?
The Brain Theory
Let’s say a crazy scientist captures Thomas Edison and you .Then, he locks the two of you up in a room. Later on The scientist then do an operation on both of you, he safely removes each of your brains and switches them into the other person head. Then he wakes up you and Thomas Edison. You look to yourself and you’re in a totally different body. And in the room, you can see your original body—with Thomas Edison’s personality. And now, are you still you? OK, my surmise says that you are you—you still have all your memories and your exact personality —but it is only that you are in Thomas Edison’s body now. You will go and find your family so they might say:”oh! Look (Thomas Edison)”but you will try to explain: “No!! It’s me, help me “for sure no one will believe that you is you all what they except that Thomas Edison is mad.
So unlike your other body’s organs, which could be transplanted without changing your identity, when your brain swapped, it wasn’t a brain transplant—it was a body transplant. You feel that you still you, but with a different body. And at the same time, your old body is not you—it would be for someone else. So what makes you as you must be your brain. The Brain Theory says that wherever your brain goes, you will go—even if it goes into somebody else’s skull.