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19. Being The One And Only

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This chapter explores the apparently unique position of humans in the universe and uses the capacity of assessing reality in terms of time to help define the identity of globalized mankind. Personal identity refers to experience of an individual remaining himself or herself, different and distinct from others, despite changes in his or her conduct and psychobiological structure and functions. The chapter discusses some of the issues native to the emerging identity of a globalized mankind. The proposition put forth by Thomas Malthus 200 years ago was that the needs of people for food would always outrun what food production could deliver. By Eros is meant the aggregate of all impulses for which the power of sex is a paradigm. The human search for truths has been driven by the desire to identify things and ideas that are permanent and appeal to them as demonstrations of the unimportance of passage.

Keywords: communal identity; globalized mankind; personal identity; psychobiological structure; Thomas Malthus



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