Science has given us objective ways to define identity. But some believe that alternative notions (like “Irishness”) are superior because they are subjective and instinctive. The article shows the answer is not “either/or”
By separating identity from perceptions of who we are, allows us to recognise the difference between subjective and objective dimensions of our lives. Our identity is objective in nature; our perspectives are subjective ways of perceiving ourselves. There is no contradiction between these views
Who am I? Most of us ask the question at critical stages or during periods of major upheaval in our lives. The answer has two dimensions: me as a person, and me as part of a group. In our quest for answers we are seeking something that makes us unique and different.
Why is there a general reluctance to accept the scientific definition of identity? The usual arguments don’t stack up because, once the solution is clarified, disapproval should lessen. That is not the case. Opposition must have a deeper explanation.
Sources (articles and books) that present the new paradigm of identity are identified