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Mentality: a childish enquiry

  • C. M. H. Nunn (a1)
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A question asked by most children but avoided by adults is “Why am I me?”. It seems obvious and important when one is young but, to a grown-up, is too difficult and perhaps meaningless. Questions of this sort often have culturally sanctioned answers. For instance, “How did the world begin?” could have been answered (somehow) by any educated adult in any period of which we have records, and now the cosmologists are adding their own gloss to the replies.

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