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A New Science of Consciousness

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Pub Date 03 Sep 2020 | Archive Date 20 Sep 2021

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'A brilliant beast of a book. Seth proposes to explain not just what and how we are, but why we are the way we are. Hugely inspirational.'
DAVID BYRNE

'Insightful and profound. The nature of consciousness is still one of the hardest problems in science, but Anil Seth brings us closer than ever before to the answer. This a hugely important book.'
JIM AL-KHALILI

Anil Seth's radical new theory of consciousness challenges our understanding of perception and reality, doing for brain science what Dawkins did for evolutionary biology.

Consciousness is the great unsolved mystery in our scientific understanding of the brain. Somewhere, somehow, inscribed in the brain is everything that makes you you. But how do we grasp what happens in the brain to turn mere electrical impulses into the vast range of perceptions, thoughts and emotions we feel from moment to moment?

Anil Seth, one of Britain's leading neuroscientists, charts the developments in our understanding of consciousness, revealing radical interdisciplinary breakthroughs that must transform the way we think about the self. Drawing on his original research and collaborations with cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, psychiatrists, brain imagers, virtual reality wizards, mathematicians and philosophers, he puts forward an exhilarating new theory about how we experience the world that should encourage us to view ourselves as less apart from and more a part of the rest of nature.

Seth's revolutionary framework for consciousness will turn what you thought you knew about yourself on its head.

'A brilliant beast of a book. Seth proposes to explain not just what and how we are, but why we are the way we are. Hugely inspirational.'
DAVID BYRNE

'Insightful and profound. The nature of...


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'A brilliant beast of a book. Seth proposes to explain not just what and how we are, but why we are the way we are. Hugely inspirational.'

DAVID BYRNE

'Insightful and profound. The nature of consciousness is still one of the hardest problems in science, but Anil Seth brings us closer than ever before to the answer. This a hugely important book.'

JIM AL-KHALILI

'Anil Seth thinks clearly and sharply on one of the hardest problems of science and philosophy, cutting through weeds with a scientist’s mind and a storyteller’s skill.'

ADAM RUTHERFORD

'Seth provokes us to think about thinking . . . readable, relatable, and gripping.'

ALEX GARLAND, director of Ex Machina

'A fascinating book. A joy to read. Anil Seth explores fundamental questions about consciousness and the self from the perspective of a philosophically-informed neuroscientist. Highly recommended.'

NIGEL WARBURTON

'Offers a new cause for astonishment and wonder . . . a must-read for anyone seeking a better understanding of the brain and how nature sculpts the human exprerience.'

ANNAKA HARRIS, author of Conscious

'Few people are as well positioned as Anil Seth to tackle the question of consciousness. Beautifully written, crystal clear, deeply insightful.'

DAVID EAGLEMAN, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of Livewired

'Truly compelling.'

PROFESSOR KARL FRISTON, Universty College London

'A wonderfully accessible and comprehensive account of how our minds capture the world, and how that makes us who we are.'

SEAN CARROLL, author of Something Deeply Hidden

'A brilliant beast of a book. Seth proposes to explain not just what and how we are, but why we are the way we are. Hugely inspirational.'

DAVID BYRNE

'Insightful and profound. The nature of...


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