Chapter Summary

Chapter 3

This chapter has looked at the ways we try to explain who and what we are and has considered the problems with these explanations. On a basic level, if we are made up of exactly the same substance as a blancmange, then what is it that gives us our ability (maybe curse?) to be able to think about ourselves and act in the world? Does a blancmange know that it is a blancmange? Of course not, but you know that you are a person and different from all other people. The gap between our knowledge of the material world (the stuff that makes up blancmanges) and our experience of the mental world (thinking about ourselves and worrying if people think we are stupid) is what psychology has to try to bridge. Easier said than done!