Being You: The new science of consciousness by Anil Seth
(Faber, 2021)

Being You: The new science of consciousness

by Anil Seth

Consciousness is the fundamental feature of our mental lives, but it is also one of the greatest remaining mysteries of science.

Why does being you – being a conscious person – feel like anything at all? Science is finally beginning to arrive at some answers to the most perplexing of all questions: what is consciousness?

In this book, Anil Seth, one of the world’s leading authorities on the physical and physiological processes that underpin consciousness, will explain the biological and evolutionary purpose it serves. He will also describe his own developing theory of what makes a conscious self: that we experience life in the first person because of the way the brain predicts and controls the internal state of the body.