Anil Seth: Being You: Is It All Just an Illusion? Investigating the New Science of Consciousness
Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 10:00-11:00
Session No: 86
‘I think, therefore I am; I am because I think – why do I think?’ Jean-Paul Sartre
What does it mean to be you? Sartre’s famous quote on the subjective experience of thinking, feeling and acting gets a mind-blowing new dimension from world-renowned neuroscientist Anil Seth. His radical theory of consciousness and self challenges our understanding of perception and reality, turning what you thought you knew about ‘being you’ on its head. Seth weaves the philosophical, biological and personal and proposes that our minds invent for us the colours, sounds, shapes and feelings through which we interact with our world and relate to each other. Our reality, according to his theory, is a construct, an illusion, and understanding this involves tackling the thorny issue of consciousness: what it means to, well, be.
The study of consciousness is one of the most exciting scientific frontiers, and nobody is better placed to guide us there than Anil Seth. Engaging and accessible, don’t miss his enthralling exploration of the youness of you.
Anil Seth has spent over twenty years researching the brain. He is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science and Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Program on Brain, Mind, and Consciousness.