This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Artist Bart Vargas always wanted to know about his lineage but traditional methods failed him. Thanks to the falling cost of genetic testing and a new art fellowship, he finally got some answers - and some surprises.
Bart Vargas, from Bellevue, Nebraska, has exhibited nationally and internationally, and his work can be found in many collections throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. His works have also been featured in many publications including Sculpture magazine, New American Paintings, and HGTV Magazine. Vargas has received many awards including the 2012 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award for Best Visual Artist.
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Thisisnotalex there are a few questions we can ask ourselves.
1) suppose you say "I am Thisisnotalex", are you referring to your physical body? Or your mental conscience of knowing you?
1a) if you refer to your body, what if you were transformed physically and genetically?
1b) if you refer to your mental conscience of knowing you from birth till now, what if suddenly you had complete memory loss?
2)if you refer to your character or response to the social complex stimulations, then it all stems from the thought triggers you have experienced or been taught or your environment and surroundings, news, etc etc.
so if a person was born as Gandhi, with Gandhi's brain, Gandhi's genes, the same environment and experiencing the exact same thought triggers second by second, thereby shaping up the exact same thoughts from birth second by second, he'd be filled with the same experiences,determination, dreams, same life basically. he'd be Gandhi. In fact any person can be anything. he can be a Obama, Jackie Chan, Hitler, a religious extremist, etc etc.
so it's just a genetic accident that we are we. the only difference between two person is the matter of chance, who you are is like a continuous throw of dice, it's all chances and statistics.
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