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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.


“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

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Experiencing the Universe Unfold

I attempted another bite-sized post, this time on the twin illusions of self / conscious will:

Decision-making is a process in nature. And a beautiful one at that, in which the ever-changing dance of electrical firing in the brain is in constant dialog with the outside world and other beings…

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The Strong Assumption

This post is a brief response to the claim that “we have evidence consciousness is brain-based.” The full case requires more text, but I made an attempt at a bite-sized version here:

Until we attain a significantly more advanced understanding of the brain, and of many other systems in nature for that matter, we’re forced to begin with one of two assumptions: either consciousness arises at some point in the physical world, or it is a fundamental part of the physical world (some, or all)…

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