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Summary

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.

Being you is not as simple as it sounds. Somehow, within each of our brains, billions of neurons create our everyday conscious experience. But how does this happen? Anil Seth's unique and groundbreaking theory of what it means to 'be you' challenges our understanding of perception and reality, doing for brain science what Dawkins did for evolutionary biology.

Being You is an accessible, inspiring and eye-opening exploration of consciousness by one of the most remarkable pioneers working in science today.

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Critic reviews

"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

"Offers a new cause for astonishment and wonder...a must-read for anyone seeking a better understanding of the brain and how nature sculpts the human experience." (Annaka Harris, author of Conscious

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  • 13-09-21

A mind bending tour - science of consciousness

Seth explains the complex ideas clearly and lucidly, with layer upon layer building an overarching view of a model of consciousness. Seth takes a look at the monolith of the 'hard problem' of how and why the wet living and thinking brain gives rise to the experience of consciousness and proposes a different question, the 'real problem'. How mechanisms in the brain predict and control consciousness. Probing into the stuff of consciousness all is not what it seems and our perceptions are our brains best guess of what is out there beyond it's bony skull.

Some of these ideas are not new to me and resonate with Buddhist teachings that what we believe to be the self is an illusion. Here we have a scientific theory as to why and how the sense of self is created by systems in the brain.

The fascinating ideas in the book are presented in a way that I'm sure the author has simplified for the layperson but it is still sufficiently complex and detailed to be an intellectual challenge for those amongst us that are not philosophers or scientists and there are ample references for further reading on on the matter.

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Excellent

I'm not a neuroscientist, psychologist, AI researcher etc but I am hugely interested in all of these fields and read (and listen) to as many books on these topics as possible.
This has immediately shot up to the top of my list of favourite books and will certainly be one I will be recommending loads.
A wonderful, clear and informative book on the current thinking on thinking. And how (and why) we do it, who else does and who potentially could.

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Just an astounding book.

This is just an astounding book. The first chapter or two were a bit slow but once I realised that this really wasn't a book you could only half listen to and dedicated my attention to it, I was enormously rewarded. Almost every chapter contained moments where you feel your world view is shaken and rearranged. The author takes incredibly hard concepts and allows you to understand them and picture their consequences. I've tried to explain some of this book to friends and family and I can't. It is an incredible skill to make it all make sense.

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Impressive

What an excellent book! Engaging, clear, sensible, sensitive, insightful. A book covering consciousness and perception in great breadth and depth. All beautiful read by the author Prof. Anil Seth himself.

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A groundbreaking exposition on consciousness.

A groundbreaking exposition on the consciousness and intelligence of humans and other creatures. Are you a beast machine? Read and find out!

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Very insightful

Wery insightful and changes the way I think of consciousness - I absolutely recomend it👍

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Cutting edge scientific knowledge for lay people

Every chapter will leave you with practical information to help you understand why we are so profoundly mistaken about what "we" really are. It's as educational as it is liberating.

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Superb in every way !

Comprehensive, exeptionaly founded, focused jet deelpy human and with excellent narration! Loved it !

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Amazing

Woking on machine learning software
Really liked the book
- the fact that we predict and compare with sensory, this elegant way to implement model our environment
- brain work with best guess and all is prediction where the brain builds whatever we think is good for survival. It’s all hallucination …
- emotion is control way to stabilise the body’s vital system and future survival
- there is no freewill it’s all nonsense

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Very interesting

This book explore being in a constant control hallucinations. Its a very interesting concept. A bit surreal. It has given me a new meaning of what reality means at the neurological level.

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  • 02-05-22

Extraordinary!!

Extensive framework and theory/models of consciousness that I cannot recommend enough. Well f**king done Anil!

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  • 13-03-22

Great book on a very imp topic!

This is the best book I've yet read in the topic of consciousness. Wealth of information. The foundations and the main theories are excellently explained. I'm having a fascinating intellectual journey with the concepts. After finishing the audiobook, I often try to observe my consciousness, perceived reality, thoughts and emotions, as well as others' through these paradigms! The theater of conscious self and agency is very strong, complex, mysterious and wonderful! Great work Anil Seth!

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  • 31-01-22

Enlighting

The model of beast machine really opened new horizons for me. It is both an eye opener and gives a deeper meaning of being human and consciousness

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  • HADAR LEVI
  • 01-01-22

Very interesting book and theory

Seth is one of the leading researchers in consciousness studies and outlines here his theory of consciousness. As a researcher in a related field it was very interesting for me to hear about his ideas and theory, however not sure how easy to follow it would be (at least at some points), and to understand the depths of it, if it's the first book anyone reads on the topic. His personal stories are described skillfully and nicely demonstrate some of the ideas presented. Overall it was a very interesting read that made me want to learn more about his theory.
Also, Seth does an excellent job in narrating his book.

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  • 21-09-21

The power of the predictive processing explained

A seminal work of how the brain interacts with body and world to create us.