Self is a reference by an individual to the same individual person. This reference is necessarily subjective, thus self is a reference by a subject to the same subject. The sense of having a self – or self-hood – should, however, not be confused with subjectivity itself. Ostensibly, there is a directedness outward from the subject that refers inward, back to its "self" (or itself). Examples of psychiatric conditions where such 'sameness' is broken include depersonalization, which sometimes occur in schizophrenia: the self appears different to the subject.
The first-person perspective distinguishes self-hood from personal identity. Whereas "identity" is sameness, self-hood implies a first-person perspective. Conversely, we use "person" as a third-person reference. Personal identity can be impaired in late stage Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. Finally, the self is distinguishable from "others". Including the distinction between sameness and otherness, the self versus other is a research topic in contemporary philosophy) and contemporary phenomenology (see also psychological phenomenology), psychology, psychiatry, neurology, and neuroscience.
The nationally funded research Center for Subjectivity in Copenhagen, Denmark, is just one example of the importance of research on the self. More recently, the relationship between the self and technology has generated a research field called Technoself Studies. Although subjective experience is central to self-hood, the privacy of this experience is only one of many problems in the philosophical and scientific study of consciousness.

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    Stem School Highland Ranch CO. Hero was a student of self defense...

    Greetings, Not trying to promote FS specifically, but its where Mr. Castillo and his father chose to train. The bigger message was this hero and his family were active members of self-defense community. A hero walked among us. Remember Kendrick Castillo And not surprisingly, as far as I...
  2. L84Cabo

    Mental Preparation For Self Defense

    Good interview of Tom Givens at ACLDN on the importance of mental preparation. It's a little long but well worth the time. :)
  3. CHLChris

    Oregon  Shot self in scrote, then weed popped out!

    What a terrible horrible no good day!! Trouble snowballs for man who shot himself
  4. J

    Sight Picture: Target Shooting vs. Self Defense

    If this is in the wrong forum please feel free to move. I think we have all heard that part of proper sight alignment is focusing on the front sight. For pistol target shooting, I close one eye, align my sights with a focus on the front sight, and aim at the target which tends to "narrow and...
  5. 41mag

    International  British citizen loses license after youtube post about French & self defense

  6. L84Cabo

    The 6th District Just Ruled Chalking Tires To Enforce Parking Unconstitutional

    Interesting case. They make some good points like at the time that the Parking Nazi chalks your tire, you've done nothing wrong or even given any indication of potential wrong doing. And further, that chalking the tire constitutes a trespass...albeit a fairly slight trespass. So what do you...
  7. jlhopwo

    Andrew Branca's Law of Self Defense Book and Level 1 Online Class

    So I purchased this book a few month's ago, and I am pretty sold on his product- knowledge, especially the five elements of a self-defense claim, which are innocence, imminence, proportionality, reasonableness (objective and subjective), and avoidance. I signed up and took his online Level 1...
  8. L84Cabo

    The Shootings Judge Benitez Wrote About

    If someone ever asks you why you need more than 10 rounds, send them these. And if you've never read the story of Susan Gonzalez and her husband, you should. It's scary as hell. Susan Gonzalez (1997) Susan Gonzalez - Anti-Gun Mom Turned Survivor by Lyn Bates - We are AWARE Feng Zhu...
  9. Frank RW

    Picking the best Airgun for self defense...

    Well, that's something I've never considered. I get the premise, but I think I'd rather risk being in a no-gun zone with a concealed firearm than face the "8 percent" chance I'll actually need it.
  10. L84Cabo

    Article: Anatomy of a Self Defense Shooting

    The following is a three part article, done in an interview format, from the Armed Citizen's Legal Defense Network. It details a self defense shooting whereby the defendant shot an unarmed man, and the subsequent trial that followed where he was tried for murder. He was ultimately acquitted...
  11. xtratoy

    Light for caliber self defense rounds

    Has anyone tried out the light bullet, high speed, self defense rounds available. I like the fact that light bullets creates less recoil and shoot flatter. In the micro compact type guns it seems like this would be a big plus not to mention the overall weight of the carry gun is lighter. Does...
  12. L84Cabo

    The Anatomy of a Self Defense Shooting

    This two part article appears on the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network's website. If you're not familiar with them, they are one of the larger entities providing CCW insurance. The articles detail the story of an armed CCW carrier who was tried for 1st Degree Murder...among other things...for...
  13. Nick Burkhardt

    Oregon  State v Oliphant - Self defense

    Oregon supreme court ruling that defendant Kenneth Wood had the right to defend himself against what he believed was unlawful physical force being used against him police officers. This case also established that the premise of self defense lies solely on the defendant raising self defense, and...
  14. james83

    National  Texas shooting self defense? murder? warning graphic

    Warning this video is pretty graphic much fail from all involved :(
  15. PlayboyPenguin

    Self Inflicted Injury at English Pit?

    Does anyone have any info about an alleged injury at the English pit during the shoot yesterday? I had a viewer tell me during live chat last night that someone was shot in the foot. They did not know if it was self inflicted or a ricochet. Is anyone badly hurt? I hope everyone is okay.
  16. RicInOR

    National  Self Manufactured Firearms - 3d Printed or otherwise

    PRINTED FIREARMS ARE LEGAL TO OWN FOR PERSONAL USE: The ATF Explains the Law Surrounding 3D-Printed Guns. ATF special agent and public information officer Michael Knight Instapundit » Blog Archive » PRINTED FIREARMS ARE LEGAL TO OWN FOR PERSONAL USE: The ATF Explains the Law Surrounding...
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