Know Thyself

From the BBC Radio 4 series about life's big questions - bbc.co.uk/historyofideas

Who are you? The words ‘know thyself' - ‘gnothi seauton’ - were inscribed in stone above the Ancient Greek Temple of Apollo at Delphi.

Philosophers have mused on self-knowledge and its uses ever since. But is it possible to ever 'Know Thyself'? Psychologists, such as Bruce Hood, have even suggested that the self is an illusion and there may not be a self to know.

Narrated by Stephen Fry. Scripted by Nigel Warburton.

This project is from the BBC in partnership with The Open University, the animations were created by Cognitive.

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Monkey
Monkey
27 January 2019

Accept that, that you need the wisdom of a Rishi. Otherwise we all will fall in the mesh of doubt and delusion.

Helena Williams
Helena Williams
20 June 2018

A beautiful lesson specified in 2:07 min. Thank you, BBC!

Ruel Mannette
Ruel Mannette
04 May 2018

I feel like the appeal to "cutting edge brain research" is vague and smacks of an appeal to an undefined authority. To make a decent arguement you have to explain why he thinks there is no self not just deus ex machina mystic science appeals without explanation. Furthermore, Buddhists have been arguing there is no-self since Socrates was wandering around. The narrative that the concept of 'no-self' is some new disocovery of western science is verfiably false. If someone thought about it a 1000 years ago it isnt 'new'. Overall, this video is extremely western centric and poorly argued. However, the graphics and narrator are dope. D-

Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris
5 star

If you play Stairway to heaven backwards you hear a satanic message. If you play the theme song to Walker,Texas Ranger backwards you hear Chuck Norris kicking the Devils ass.

Wf Dy
Wf Dy
15 April 2018

The self is an illusion??? The is no self to know?? Woah

Wf Dy
Wf Dy
15 April 2018

Thomas Hobbes “if you want to know others, study yourself and you will know what is it like to be someone else.”

Tienne
Tienne
14 April 2018

Socrates: "I too speak not as one who knows; and yet that knowledge differs from true opinion is not a matter of conjecture with me. There are not many things which I should affirm that I knew, but that is most certainly one of them." - Meno (p. 302) Socrates: "We shall be better & braver & less helpless if we think that we ought to enquire, than we should have been if we indulged in the idle fancy that there was no knowing and no use in searching after what we do not know;--that is a theme upon which I am ready to fight, in word & deed, to the utmost of my power." - Meno (p. 289)

Red Sparks
Red Sparks
30 March 2018

If you tell a Zen master that there is no-self then then Zen master would most likely hit you on the head with a stick. (Personally speaking I would just punch you in the nose ... very ... very ... hard). And if you say "ouch" or complain then the Zen master would say "well ok then if there is no-self then where did that reaction come from?" Buddha taught the concept of the non-self (anatta), that is, the self is impermanent and ever changing.

Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt
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Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible.

Pedro Zaragoza
Pedro Zaragoza
25 September 2017

Great video.

GenuineJokes
GenuineJokes
03 June 2017

why is your intro someone snorting cocaine?

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Knowledge is a familiarity, awareness, or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, information, descriptions, or skills, which is acquired through experience or education by perceiving, discovering, or learning. Knowledge can refer to a theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. It can be implicit (as with practical skill or expertise) or explicit (as with the theoretical understanding of a subject); it can be more or less formal or systematic. In philosophy, the study of ... Know Thyself (Quotation), Stephen Fry (Celebrity), Thomas Hobbes (Author), Philosophy (Field Of Study), Plato (Author),

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  • Duration2:8
  • Date15 April 2015
  • ChannelBBC Radio 4
  • Video QualityHD

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