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Being You

By Anil Seth
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Publisher Description

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.

1 Review

“When it comes to the science of consciousness, I think there’s an intrigue in it for everyone, as what it means to be us, we have our own vested personal interest in. It’s such an enigma in science, with a big blaring question mark when ‘what is consciousness?’ is asked. What makes us conscious, thinking, self aware things? I think most would have a different individual answer to this and it was so interesting to read this book on the new science of consciousness. It’s a field that is constantly morphing, shaping and moving towards new research which might shed some light on this age old question. Which makes this book so great! Oh and I also found what is to be, a new favourite word within this book. I mean, who wouldn’t want to bring up ‘phenomenology’ into general conversation? I loved how ‘Being you’ was written. It was really insightful and interesting to read. It was very informative yet not too over facing or drowning for any non neuroscientist. And I have to commend Anil for managing to write about such a complex topic coherently! He does a great job at laying down the foundations too for concepts and base knowledge you might not be familiar with to extend further understanding. The science and research was communicated expertly. There’s so many fascinating and interesting points and it can be quite mind blowing when you really think about it. It’s definitely an overwhelming subject and one recommend for anyone who has a curious mind! Thank you to the author and publishers via NetGalley for this book, in return for giving my honest thoughts and review.”

About Anil Seth

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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