(EF8) Lisa joked, “well, of course. If your identity has 10 heads, you’re probably doing something wrong, right?” — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Six)
DEDICATION: Episode EF8 is dedicated to Isaac Asimov, a prolific scientist and writer known for his dedicated work and the ability to provide crazy stories that somehow are becoming true. Asimov used his knowledge to write enticing pieces of fiction and is known as one big three SF writers alongside Arthur Clarke and Robert A. Heinlein.
See the EF8 Show Notes for details of the dedication, inspirations, references, selected quotes and more. The big question driving Episode EF8 is … Can you change your identity? Or the shorter philosophical classic, who are you? Although you know your name, vital statistics, and other necessary information — you likely still ask yourself from time to time ‘who am I?’ What do we mean when we ask this seemingly simple, but infinitely deep, question? And is it possible that the answer could change over time, implying that your identity can evolve?
(EF8) You’re the sailor of the ship called you, and yet most people let their boats go into great disrepair and neglect. Feeling moored in the same spot for years with no clear understanding of the direction she needs to go, Lisa gets a unique opportunity to upgrade her identity boat with a chemical compass of sorts—a mysterious drug that will supposedly alter her complete identity—to supposedly better enable her to navigate through life’s rough waters. Could a change in your identity actually turn your entire life around for the better? Or are we destined to live with constant susceptibility to being lost in a sea of meaningless actions and emotions without any sort of compass to steer our ship? What defines our identity? John Locke thought it is our consciousness and the daily actions that shape who we are. Similarly, Erik and Joan Erickson created an entire step-by-step description of the phases each individual goes through. Finally, recent neuroscientific research manages to make a hard connection between various emotions we experience and our brain. Is there anything we can actually do to navigate the rough emotional waters of life any more effectively?