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Who on Earth Are You? by Nick Inman (BSc 1978)

17 October 2013

This thoughtful guide takes the reader through all the many ways there are of answering the question “Who am I?” from the basic to the transcendental. It explores philosophical and scientific views of human nature, underlines the way in which we shape our identities in response to technology, and asks who we will become in the future.

This thoughtful guide takes the reader through the many ways there are of answering the question “Who am I?” from the basic to the transcendental. It explores philosophical and scientific views of human nature, underlines the way in which we shape our identities in response to technology, and asks who we will become in the future.

When Nick Inman's bank asked him to identify himself he realized he had an interesting problem. Who was he really? How did he know who he was? And how on earth could he prove it beyond doubt that the person inside his head was the same as the person outside, as detailed on his documentation? Moving like a detective story, this book pieces together the formula or recipe for a complete human being, listing ingredients from the prosaic to the surprising, and addressing some intriguing conundrums along the way.

Can science offer a complete description of an individual or do we need to look beyond it? Are we in danger of losing ourselves as we are taken over by our virtual identities? Is technology (biometrics) the best way to decide between friend and foe? And what will the future be like for us when machines become people too?

You can purchase the book through Amazon or direct from the publishers.