ZOOM Book Group: Being You: A New Science of Consciousness by Anil Seth

January’s book is Being You. A New Science of Consciousness by Anil Seth

I’ve rarely seen higher praise…

THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
A FINANCIAL TIMES SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR

Anil Seth’s radical new theory of consciousness challenges our understanding of perception and reality, doing for brain science what Dawkins did for evolutionary biology.

‘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.’
DAVID BYRNE

‘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.’
JIM AL-KHALILI

‘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.’
ADAM RUTHERFORD

‘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)

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.’
NIGEL WARBURTON

‘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

‘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

Join us in person at the Royal Festival Hall to discuss this unique new theory on what it means to ‘be you’.

The meeting starts at 7:15. At 7:30 pm we will break up into small groups. Those familiar with CLH Book Group meeting know how this works: in each group we take turns introducing ourselves and giving our 1 minute thoughts on the book. It’s important not to go over a minute and not to interrupt other people’s minute so that everyone gets a chance to participate. After this first round, each group discusses for another 20 minutes or so.

We then shuffle the groups so as to talk to as many different people as possible and in the new groups repeat our introductions and 1 minute thoughts. We’ll do this a couple of times before coming all together at the end in one last big group.

While we are very social and welcoming, the book group’s primary focus is on discussing books. Feel free to turn up if you haven’t managed to finish this month’s book but note that the group works best when we have all read at least some of the book and are prepared to share our opinions.

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Date:

January 27

Time:

19:30 - 21:30

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