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Being You: A New Science of Consciousness

Being You: A New Science of Consciousness

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A Best Book of 2021--Bloomberg Businessweek; A Best Science Book of 2021--The Guardian; A Best Science Book of 2021--Financial Times; A Best Philosophy Book of 2021--Five Books; A Best Book of 2021--The Economist

Anil Seth's quest to understand the biological basis of conscious experience is one of the most exciting contributions to twenty-first-century science.

What does it mean to "be you"--that is, to have a specific, conscious experience of the world around you and yourself within it? There may be no more elusive or fascinating question. Historically, humanity has considered the nature of consciousness to be a primarily spiritual or philosophical inquiry, but scientific research is now mapping out compelling biological theories and explanations for consciousness and selfhood.

Now, internationally renowned neuroscience professor, researcher, and author Anil Seth is offers a window into our consciousness in BEING YOU: A New Science of Consciousness. Anil Seth is both a leading expert on the neuroscience of consciousness and one of most prominent spokespeople for this relatively new field of science. His radical argument is that we do not perceive the world as it objectively is, but rather that we are prediction machines, constantly inventing our world and correcting our mistakes by the microsecond, and that we can now observe the biological mechanisms in the brain that accomplish this process of consciousness.

Seth has been interviewed for documentaries aired on the BBC, Netflix, and Amazon and podcasts by Sam Harris, Russell Brand, and Chris Anderson, and his 2017 TED Talk on the topic has been viewed over 11 million times, a testament to his uncanny ability to make unimaginably complex science accessible and entertaining.

Author: Anil Seth
Publisher: Dutton Books
Published: 10/19/2021
Pages: 352
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.25lbs
Size: 9.13h x 6.06w x 1.34d
ISBN: 9781524742874

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 05/01/2021 pg. 25
Kirkus Reviews 08/01/2021
Publishers Weekly 08/23/2021

About the Author
Anil Seth is a professor of cognitive and computational neuroscience at the University of Sussex, and co-director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science.

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