Evan Thomson from the University of British Columbia seems to have confirmed that the Buddhist teaching of constant self-change is correct. You see, according to Buddhists change is the only constant we have in this universe.
“From a neuroscience perspective, the brain and body is constantly in flux. There is nothing that corresponds to the sense that there’s an unchanging self.”
This, for those who do not follow, means nothing stays the same. This is something Buddhist monks have been teaching for years and according to Thompson, the brain works together with the body to create our sense of self. It is misguided because it is an illusion. One neuroscience paper that was published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences actually recognizes this Buddhist belief to be true.
That makes sense when you consider neuroscience that says the brain and body are constantly in action and flowing progressively. Thus meaning there really is no stable self. Neuroscientists have come up with something known as Neuroplasticity and is a concept that essentially means our brain is malleable and able to change. (We can change our brains in many ways opening up our possibilities when it comes to growth.) Evan Thompson often speaks of Buddhism and has even written a few books one of which was considered to be groundbreaking.
Of course, all of these things go against what we are taught. We are always told we need to find ourselves instead of being open to the changes we are handed. The possibilities to change ourselves are endless so there is no need to find ourselves. We should take comfort in knowing that nothing will ever stay the same.
To hear Thompson speak about his book Waking, Dreaming, Being please take the time to watch the video below. He clearly has a lot of wonderful things to say. He is creative and without a doubt much wiser than most.