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Who Am I? And If So How Many? A Journey Through Your Mind

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What is truth? What is love? Does life have meaning? Bestselling author Richard David Precht, "the Mick Jagger of the nonfiction book" ("Tagesanzeiger Zurich"), has traveled the globe searching for answers--and his odyssey has become one of the most talked-about books around th
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Published April 1st 2011 by Constable (first published 2007)
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Who am I and if so how many is a book I'm glad to have finally finished reading. It is a very mixed bag. Divided, like Gaul under the Romans, into three parts: what can I know, what should I do and what can I hope; each of which is full of short chapters that tended at best to tantalise rather than satisfy.

The first part combined philosophy with contemporary research on the brain and I found this part the most enjoyable, although when we got to Mach denying the existence of self and then moved b
Үнэн гэж юу вэ, миний тархи хэрхэн ажилладаг вэ, сэтгэл гэж юу вэ, Бурхан гэж байдаг уу, Байгальд утга учир бий юу, Эрх чөлөө гэж юу вэ...
Гэх мэт сэдвээр бичигдсэн бөгөөд номын доторх агуулга, бичгийн хэв даанч сонирхолтой, унших бүртээ тархины үрчлээ улам бүр нэмэгдэх мэт мэдрэмж төрснийг нуух юун.

Эдгээр асуултууд зарим хүмүүст "за одоо юу вэ, нойрны эм", харин зарим нэгэнд нь маш сонирхолтой, маш сонирхолтой гэж үзсэн хүмүүс нь өөрийн амьдралд утга учир өгч чаддаг/чадсан байгааг уншиж мэдэх
Ein wunderbarer, unterhaltsamer Einstieg in philosophische Themen. Wobei - "Einstieg" ist relativ. Natürlich wird das Werk mancher Philosophen beschrieben, oft wird verglichen, aber letztendlich soll man sich selbst fragen und Antworten finden.

Interessant sind auch immer wieder die Daten/Fakten aus der Hirnforschung und Psychologie.

Das schönste ist: es wird nicht langweilig. Es gibt ja einige Bücher, die einen Einstieg vermitteln sollen, aber derart trocken daher kommen ... Auf der anderen Seite
I picked this book from a small bookshop in Frankfurt airport. "One million copies sold worldwide" written on the front cover. A German book translated to English. The cover and the title are weird. I never read a book about philosophy before. That must be something I thought, so I took it along with two more books. The first thing came to my mind that I might take long time before I reach the end and probably it would be boring.
It was a total surprise, the book is divided into very small chapt
Felicitas Träumer
Zusammengefasst: WOW.

Precht nimmt den Leser mit auf eine Zeitreise durch die Philosophie. In einer ganz eigentümlichen und wirklich modernen Weise. Leicht zu lesen, fesselt das Buch sofort - ich konnte es kaum weglegen. So salopp und witzig der Titel auch klingt, das Thema ist ernst und sicherlich mehr Überlegung wert.

Dieses Buch hat mir wieder die Freude an Philosophie vermittelt - vor allem daran, sich auch heute noch und wieder Gedanken darüber zu machen, was das Leben lebenswert macht. Elk
"Who Am I? And If So, How Many?: A Philosophical Journey" by Richard David Precht, translated from German by Shelley Frisch, was published in paperback in English in 2011. It is a mixture of philosophy, science, and journalism that is both informative and entertaining. The wide array of subjects includes emotions, memory, language, abortion, euthanasia, cloning, and love. We also have discussions of the big subjects, including What is truth? Does God exist? Does life have meaning?
Precht examin
Mình đã có một cuộc trò chuyện dài hơi với Richard David Precht qua cuốn này, hơn 6 tháng =)). Nhờ cuốn sách này, triết học trở nên gần gũi và đơn giản như một buổi chuyện phiếm về đủ mọi lĩnh vực trên đời, hết từ chủ đề này sang chủ đề khác, từ thần kinh, văn học, sinh học, y học, chính trị, luật học, lịch sử thậm chí cả phim ảnh và khoa học viễn tưởng. Sau khi đặt câu hỏi để bắt đầu một chủ đề, tác giả xoay vần chủ đề ấy với các khía cạnh và quan điểm khác nhau, để rồi thay vì đưa ra kết luận ...more
A refresher for philosophy buffs, a primer for all others. Breezy yet substantial. Thought-provoking. Timely. An artful marriage of four fundamental questions and the latest brain research. Allows science nerds and liberal arts types to communicate. Love it.
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Номын гарчигаас авахуулаад бүлэг бүрийн гарчиг нь үнэхээр сэтгэл гижигдэм. Гэхдээ тэнд бэлэн хариулт бхгүй, ер нь хаа ч байхгүй л дээ. Философлог, серёозлог тайлбар, жишээ ишлэлүүдээс уншигч өөрийн хэр хэмжээгээр ухан ойлгож өөрийн савандаа нэмэх, тухайн асуудлын тухай бодол эргэцүүллээ баяжуулах... иймэрхүү юм л болох нь зүйтэй
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A sprawling, ranging book that covers a lot of ground in only a few hundred pages. Crossing multiple schools of thought, especially psychology, sociology, neuroscience, Precht tells a story of philosophy and philosophers that is both eye-opening and rewarding. Despite the subject material, it's a breezy read. Precht hits a nice balance of pop-science and critical thinking, managing to reference material as accessible as the Matrix without ever sounding patronising.

It works as a philosophy primer
Im Nachhinein frage ich mich warum ich das Buch überhaupt gelesen habe, denn ich fühle mich kein Stück schlauer oder philosophisch besser informiert.

Vor dem Lesen beschränkte sich mein Kontakt zu Philosophie auf eine zweitätige Blockverlesung (die ich zum größten Teil mit Monopoly spielen und lesen verbracht habe) und ein halbes Jahr Ethikunterricht, was für mich nicht gerade eine intensive Auseinandersetzung mit der Thematik darstellt. Aber trotzdem war mir ein Großteil des Buches schon bekannt
Matthias Treitler
I am really new to philosophy so this is quite interesting stuff for me. As the pages turn the book keeps me more and more intereseted.

It has probably more sentences ending with a question mark than with a dot. If you want a book that gives you straight answers to philosphical questions than you will be disappointed. So the author does not try to give his perspective on questions but just teaches you how others over the history have written it.
Hoàng Linh
Một cuốn sách hay, viết về những vấn đề nhàm chán nhưng không bị nhàm chán, lý giải được một số điều mà bấy lâu nay mình còn thắc mắc. Nhiều vấn đề cũ nhưng không cũ. Bìa sách ổn, tên sách lạ, nhìn chung ai muốn một cái gì đó ở tầm triết học nhưng sợ nhàm chán thì nên đến với cuốn này :)
If Gorder's "Sophie's World" is an introduction to Philosophy for teens, this book is its continuation.

Unlike many other introductions to philosophy it is not constructed according to any chronological principal. Instead Precht constructs his book according to the three Kantian questions: What can I know? (chapter on epistemology) What should I do? (ethics) and What can I hope for? (philosophy of happiness from Epicurus to Marcuse). This way Philosophy could be perceived as something much more
Barbara Eckardt
This book, written by a German, is also available in English. "who am I and if so how many". It takes you on a philosophical journey. The book is divided into small chapters, each addressing a huge, monumental question. In an entertaining way, eloquent and witty written, the reader follows the path of famous and not so famous but nevertheless history influencing philosophers, psychologists, neuro scientists, doctors, and brain researchers through a chapter in an attempt to come to a conclusion, ...more
Oct 23, 2008 Youdid rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody interested in philosophy
Interessanter, leicht verständlicher und witzig aufgemachter Streifzug quer durch die Philosophie und DIE Fragen des Lebens
Lucas Nguyen
Đọc cuốn sách này là bạn đã bắt đầu dấn thân vào thế giới triết học để không ngừng tìm hiểu bản thân mình là ai và giá trị của mình là gì trong thế giới này.

Tuy nhiên, ngay cả một quyển sách với sự góp mặt của nhiều triết gia danh tiếng như cuốn này cũng không giúp bạn có cái nhìn rõ ràng hơn để trả lời cho câu hỏi "ý nghĩa cuộc sống là gì?", và đây cũng là lý do mà tôi cũng mua cuốn này >.<

Mọi triết gia đều không khác gì những tác giả viết các cuốn sách self-help khác, họ cũng không thể t
Thank goodness it's over. These were some interesting topics and questions quite poorly treated. It's a wild hodgepodge of truisms, foregone conclusions and revelling in ignorance ("The human mind! How can we know it? It's so complex! It's so intertwined! Everything has to do with everything!"). A lot of sensible - if unsurprising - thoughts and useful information, too (e.g. about the lives and discoveries of a number of scientists and philosophers), but I really disliked Precht's writing style. ...more
Ferda Nihat Koksoy
Kitaptan Alıntılar ve Sentezler:
-Felsefe, günlük yaşam ve diline karşı açılan bir savaştır (Wittgensten'dan).

-Nietzsche'nin Übermensch'i (üst-insan), kendini tanıma ve öğrenme yoluyla insani tekamülün sağlanması, hiç metafiziğe ve dine sığınmaksızın dilin kullanılabilmesi ve bu hali başkasına dayatmama mertebesini anlatır.

-100 milyar nöron ve 500 trilyon bağlantısı olan beyin, araştırmanın hem nesnesi hem de öznesi olabilen
Der erste Versuch, Prechts "philosophische Reise" zu lesen (Goldmanns Taschenbuchausgabe), schlug fehl, viel weiter als zur Einleitung kam ich nicht. Als Audiobook ging dies deutlich besser und nun kann ich die Printausgabe nutzen, um mir über ein paar Dinge noch einmal klar zu werden.
Prechts Buch ist gegliedert in drei große Abschnitte:

1. Was kann ich wissen?
2. Was soll ich tun?
3. Was darf ich hoffen?

Zu jedem dieser Bereiche, stellt er zahlreiche kleinere Fragen und bricht die Thematik dabei
Dieses Review bezieht sich auf die gekürzte deutsche Hörbuchfassung.

Ein sehr interessantes, gut aufgebautes Buch, das zum Nachdenken anregt. Es werden alle möglichen philosophischen Fragen behandelt, wobei viele verschiedene wissenschaftliche Perspektiven, Fallbeispiele und sogar Medien wie Filme und Romane bei der Beantwortung herangezogen. Es wird auch nicht der Anspruch gestellt, die ultimative einzig richtige Antwort zu bieten. Zum Ende hin hat es dann ein bisschen was von einem Selbsthilfeb
Kim Jun
Không giống với những cuốn sách triết học khô khan và có vẻ nghiêm túc khác, "Tôi là ai - và nếu vậy thì bao nhiêu?" đưa ra những câu hỏi triết học nhỏ và với mỗi câu hỏi Precht lại dẫn dắt người đọc đến những cuộc tranh luận từ những góc nhìn khác nhau bằng lối kể chuyện cuốn hút và gần gũi. Triết học không còn đứng một mình nữa mà được đặt trong mối quan hệ với những bộ môn khoa học khác như nghiên cứu não bộ, tâm lý học, xã hội học, và trở nên gắn bó với đời sống thường ngày. Đặc biệt, lịch s ...more
Ich finde das Thema Philosophie spannend, gerate aber bei Büchern dieser Thematik oft an meine Grenzen. Da Precht eine einfache, verständliche Einführung versprach, wagte ich noch einen Versuch. Ihm gelang leider nur Kapitelweise mich dazuzubringen über gewisse Aspekte näher nachzudenken. An einigen Stellen merkte ich selbst wie meine Gedanken abschweiften und ich Seiten automatisch herunterlas, das lag zum einen an Prechts Schreibstil zum anderen das ich als philosophisch unwissende Person nich ...more
Ich gebe es zu: ich kann mit Sachbüchern nichts anfangen (außer vielleicht, sie sind über Wellensittiche ;)). Aber bei diesem Buch sollte ja alles ganz anders sein! "Eine Einladung, lustvoll und spielerisch nachzudenken - über das Abenteuer Leben und seine Möglichkeiten" sollte es sein. ... Nein.
Ja, es war wirklich umfassend, aber wirklich keine Einladung, über Themen wie "Was darf die Hirnforschung?" oder "Ist Abtreibung moralisch" nachzudenken. Vielmehr hat der Autor die Argumente so gelenkt,
I was interested in philosophy, but didn't know where to start, and I was off put by all the jargon. Precht's book strips philosophy down to its basic ideas, making philosophy accessible to a reader with a casual interest, such as myself.

There are parts that I enjoyed more than others, and now that I'm finished I'm tempted to go back and re-read it again. There have been moments when, during the course of a conversation, I am reminded of an idea that I had read about in this book, but when tryin
Jan 09, 2013 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: bats, utilitarians, creatures with brains
Recommended to Kate by: 190 P
Shelves: philosophy
Memories embellish our lives, but forgetting is what makes them bearable.

What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence.

The meaning of a word is its use in the language.

What opposes the heart is not admitted by the head.

In life, a man commits himself and draws his own portrait.

We examine everything except the quest itself.

Everything in life attains its value by means of contrast. What significance would winning have if losing were not an option?

Natural pleasures are easily gained; it is
Simona Petrescu
What I like about such books is that they are so enabling; huge domains of knowledge and study are compressed, filtered but mostly ORGANISED and ANALYSED in such a way that a complete layperson can read the book and be able to approach some of the key issues within those domains.

This book does not only succeed in enabling readers to get a big picture of philosophical questions, or to get some insight into the philosophical thinking pattern; it is also fun and gripping. The tone is never lecturi
Ferdi van der Kamp
''What did you think?''

Let's just say, who is that you? And how do I know that I'm thinking?

Starting with no basis in philosophical studies but just pure interest, wanted to start reading on some topics searching for answers, and other thoughts. Many books for trying to entry this are or too advanced or just rambling on what old philosophers stated. However this took me from the start, even though I hoped for some kind of answers or new insights, but the most important thing it d
As I was rating couple of books with 5 stars I thought I would now need some books to fill the quota of not-that-thrilling books. I got this as a graduation present, since my friends thought I might like it since it's writing about brains both from neurobiological/physiological and philosophical point of view.

This might be great book for those who never went to medical school or studied the subject otherwise, but for me it hasn't by far given too much insights. From my point of view this is a b
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