Being You: A New Science of Consciousness
THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
A FINANCIAL TIMES SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR
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.
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘Seth provokes us to think about thinking . . . readable, relatable, and gripping.’
ALEX GARLAND, director of Ex Machina
‘Amazing . . . a brilliant read.’
‘An exhilarating book: a vast-ranging, phenomenal achievement that will undoubtedly become a seminal text.’ GAIA VINCE, GUARDIAN (Book of the Day)
‘Lucid, engaing.’ NEW STATESMAN
‘Fascinating.’ FINANCIAL TIMES (Books of the Year)
‘One of the most important books of 2021.’ FIVE BOOKS
Being You is not as simple as it sounds. Somehow, within each of our brains, billions of neurons work to create our conscious experience. How does this happen? Why do we experience life in the first person? After over twenty years researching the brain, world-renowned neuroscientist Anil Seth puts forward a radical new theory of consciousness and self. His unique theory of what it means to ‘be you’ challenges our understanding of perception and reality and it turns what you thought you knew about yourself on its head.