Question about Identity - Stephen Maitzen responds

How can I define myself? I'm basically a combination of cells created by DNA instructions who react to stimuli. Can I take credit for anything I do if everything I say, believe, and do is based on
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How can I define myself? I'm basically a combination of cells created by DNA instructions who react to stimuli. Can I take credit for anything I do if everything I say, believe, and do is based on my genetic make-up and environment? Furthermore, how can I ethically love someone for reasons that aren't their doing? My parents tell me not to love someone for things they can't help, such as looks and intelligence, but you can't help anything you do. If I donate to charity, that's not really 'me' being a good person, it's my body reacting to my surroundings and determining it would be a good contributor to my overall survival. Is there a 'me?' Please help!!!! Response from: Stephen Maitzen I responded to somewhat similar skeptical worries about personal identity in my reply to Question 4958. You might have a look there.To respond to your specific claims here:(1) Even if we grant that you're "basically a combination of cells created by DNA instructions [that] react to stimuli," surely. . .

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