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


My Talk: Is Consciousness Fundamental?

I gave a talk on September 8, 2023 in NY at a conference organized by Philip Goff and Andrei Buckareff on the topic of “treating consciousness as fundamental.” It was a fascinating and exciting gathering, and I was honored to present alongside so many brilliant scientists and philosophers—Lee Smolin, Don Hoffman, Luke Roelofs, and Hedda Hassel Morch were among them, along with a fun public debate the first evening between Philip Goff and Sean Carroll.

Click here to watch the video of my talk, “Is Consciousness Fundamental?”