Thursday, March 03, 2016
If all the world's a stage, do we have a true self?
My reading of Irving Goffman's classic "The Presentation of the Self in Everyday Life" in the early 1970's was the beginning of my going beyond my laboratory research on the molecules of vision to start a parallel line of study and reading on how our minds work (see dericbownds.net). I recently came across this engaging very brief video on Goffman's ideas, narrated by Stephen Fry, and thought I would pass it on. (This is one of the items from the BBC's excellent "A History of Ideas" series.)