I found the history of baby gender colours to be quite an interesting tidbit that I didn’t know. How the colour blue used to be associated with girls and pink with boys. The colour pink was thought to be a strong colour while blue was delicate and dainty, which to me suggests feelings. Lieberman suggests a visceral response is easily made by attitudes and opinions being changed en masse. “Having beliefs and values injected into us from the outside” (Chapter 8, page 191, Lieberman). If ones belief is to follow religion then one goes to a designated place of worship. If one believes in a polygamous lifestyle then one might seek out orgy parties to attend. Lieberman assumption is that the self is collection of beliefs and unique ideas that is produced by our private inner voices. This is regardless to what the group believes, we need ti adopt our own beliefs. Lieberman uses a quote from the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu to make his point: “At the centre of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” (chapter 8, page 188, Lieberman).
In Eakin’s Autobiographical Consciousness he suggests that Damasio’s and others struggle with the problem of “…how different stimulus inputs to different parts of the brain are bound together so as to produce a single, unified experience, for example of seeing a cat.” Like seeing a baby boy in blue rather than pink? Or a baby girl in pink rather than blue? I don’t think that the philosophies are more similar than not.