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As accessible and enlightening as Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, this mind-expanding dive into the mystery of consciousness is an illuminating meditation on the self, free will, and felt experience.


CONSCIOUS offers the clearest, most compelling explanation that I’ve seen of consciousness. If you’ve ever wondered how you have the capacity to wonder, some fascinating insights await you in these pages.”

ADAM GRANT, New York Times bestselling AUTHOR OF ORIGINALS

“Wild ideas are on the table—you’ll come away with an appreciation of the major conflicts and the high stakes that come with any attempt to understand how consciousness really works.”

Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist and AUTHOR OF
The Big Picture

"There is a profound intellectual adventure awaiting the reader of this exquisite book."

Rebecca Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex

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“In this gem of a book, Annaka Harris tackles consciousness controversies with incisive rigor and clarity, in a style that’s accessible and captivating.”

PROF. MAX TEGMARK, AUTHOR OF New York Times bestseller
LIFE 3.0: Being HUMAN IN THE AGE OF Artificial intelligence

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Guest Post: “The World is Nothing but Change” by Carlo Rovelli

If I observe the microscopic state of things, then the difference between past and future vanishes. The future of the world, for instance, is determined by its present state—though neither more nor less than is the past. We often say that causes precede effects and yet, in the elementary grammar of things, there is no distinction between “cause” and “effect.” There are regularities, represented by what we call physical laws, that link events of different times, but they are symmetric between future and past. In a microscopic description, there can be no sense in which the past is different from the future…

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Our Interstellar Visitor

“After On” Podcast, Episode 40
Is an object currently passing through our solar system the product of an alien intelligence? Rob Reid’s interview with Harvard astronomy department chairman, Avi Loeb, is a riveting deep dive into a fascinating topic. And I highly recommend Rob’s follow-up interview with Avi (available to supporters) where some of the most thought-provoking topics were raised.

Click here to listen to the interview