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Event 31 of 37

Anil Seth

Being You: A New Science of Consciousness

Starts at: Friday 22 October 8:00 PM
Finishes at: Friday 22 October 9:00 PM

Consciousness is the great unsolved mystery in our understanding of the brain. Somewhere, somehow, inscribed in the brain is everything that makes you you. But understanding how the brain turns mere electrical impulses into the vast range of perceptions, thoughts and emotions we unceasingly feel is another matter!

Anil Seth’s radical theory about how we experience the world provides the framework for understanding the self and encourages us to view ourselves as less apart from and more a part of the rest of nature. Seth does for brain science what Dawkins did for evolutionary biology. Leading neuroscientist and celebrated communicator, he draws on his original research and collaborations with cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, psychiatrists, brain imagers, virtual reality wizards, mathematicians and philosophers to challenge our understanding of perception and reality. He will turn what you thought you knew about yourself on its head.

“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