New York Times Bestseller

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.


“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

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

“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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“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

News

Waking Up App: New Artwork

The Waking Up app was recently redesigned, and I love the new artwork for my children’s meditations by Yiffy Gu!
To listen to my guided meditations for children in the app, click “Practice” and then scroll down.

If you don’t have the app, click here to check it out.

Audio Series Update

The working title of my upcoming podcast documentary series is:
“LIGHTS ON: My Search for a Theory of Consciousness.”
Recent and upcoming interviews include Lee Smolin, Christof Koch, Patrick House, Sue Blackmore, Anil Seth, George Musser, Carlo Rovelli, and Jessica Flack.
(And we’re starting to play around with design ideas for the cover art—exciting!)