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‘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.’
‘Likely to be 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.
‘A fascinating book. A joy to read. Anil Seth explores fundamental questions about consciousness and the self from the perspective of a philosophically-informed neuroscientist. Highly recommended.’
‘Offers us new cause for astonishment and wonder . . . a must-read for anyone seeking a better understanding of the brain and how nature sculpts the human exprerience.’
ANNAKA HARRIS, author of Conscious
‘Few people are as well positioned as Anil Seth to tackle the question of consciousness. Beautifully written, crystal clear, deeply insightful.’
DAVID EAGLEMAN, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of Livewired
PROFESSOR KARL FRISTON, Universty College London
‘A wonderfully accessible and comprehensive account of how our minds capture the world, and how that makes us who we are.’
SEAN CARROLL, author of Something Deeply Hidden
‘Seth provokes us to think about thinking . . . readable, relatable, and gripping.’
ALEX GARLAND, director of Ex Machina
‘An exhilarating book: a vast-ranging, phenomenal achievement that will undoubtedly become a seminal text.’ GAIA VINCE, GUARDIAN (Book of the Day)
A brilliant beast of a book. A wide ranging synthesis pulling together disparate stands from philosophy, science, literature, personal experience and speculation — this latter being the most exciting for me, despite some proposals being as yet unproven. Seth proposes to explain not just what and how we are, but probably provocative for some folks, why we are the way we are. Why do we have the feeling of continually being the same person? (when obviously I, at least, am not) Why do we have this feeling of being self aware? What is it for? Hugely inspirational — I filled up 10 pages with exuberant notes. Keep a pencil handy.
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. And he offers what the interested reader always needs - a book which makes complex ideas readable, relatable, and gripping. If you want to understand his subject better - he’ll help you. And who wouldn’t want to better understand consciousness? In our lives, there is nothing weirder or more fundamental.
Amazing . . . a brilliant read.
Masterly . . . deftly weaves the philosophical, biological and personal with a lucid clarity and coherence that is thrilling to read . . . This much-anticipated book lays out his radical theory of our invented reality with accessible and compelling writing . . . meticulously researched . . . Being You is an exhilarating book: a vast-ranging, phenomenal achievement that will undoubtedly become a seminal text.
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