The Neuroscience of Consciousness
Online Live Event - SUNDAY 17 MAY 7PM AEST
Open your mind to what consciousness really is beyond the realms of self-help and spirituality with Professor Anil Seth.
A world-renowned Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, Anil has dedicated much of his life to understanding the building blocks of human consciousness, helping reveal that our existence is one long hallucination.
Our world is not real. Okay, that might be a bit dramatic, but our experience of it isn’t exactly accurate. When you hold your phone in your hand you can never say for certain that you know what it feels like, when you drink burned coffee, that bitter flavour isn’t really coming from your awful beverage, and when you see the colour red you can’t be 100% sure that it’s the same hue everyone else sees.
That’s because you are constantly tripping out, and your brain is the drug. If a hallucination is the experience of uncontrolled perception, perception is a controlled hallucination, and that control is monopolised by the pink sponge in your head. It’s the translator of sensory signals, the nervous mess expecting things to happen, and the supercomputer which uses all that to predict the future.
So if we never experience the world directly, but instead through the lens of our brains, then our experience of existing has little grounding in reality. Our consciousness is a creation of our own imagination…
Confused? Scared? Angry for some reason? Don’t worry – Anil Seth is here to clear things up.
A world-renowned professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, Anil is undoubtedly a master of the mind. He is the Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science and the Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience of Consciousness. Among his accolades are being a Conference Chair and a continuing ‘member at large’ of the Scientific Study of Consciousness, and being on the steering group and advisory board of the Human Mind Project. On top of that, he was the president of the Psychology Section of the British Science Association in 2017. He’s published well over 100 scientific papers, is a regular contributor to the New Scientist, The Guardian, and BBC, and writes the blog NeuroBanter. In short, the man knows what he’s talking about.
In his Outside The Box event, Anil wants to open your mind to what consciousness really is beyond the realms of self-help and spirituality. He’ll break down its components, showing you that it isn’t entirely an intangible concept, but rather something more measurable than many would like to believe.
During the show, he’ll dive into ideas like:
- Will technology ever develop consciousness of its own?
- Are humans the only creatures on Earth to experience consciousness of self?
- If consciousness is a product of our brain’s interpretation of the world, what happens if we start hacking it?
Your consciousness is a collection of hallucinations caused by your brain, so it’s your responsibility to learn how to use this drug safely. Grab your tickets to Think Inc.’s, Outside The Box event, ‘The Neuroscience of Consciousness’ with Dr Anil Seth.
This event will consist of a 30-minute presentation by Anil, followed by a 30-minute fireside chat with the event host and a 30-minute Q&A session.
Sunday 17 May 7:00 PM AEST & 9:00 PM NZST (10:00 AM BST)
This ticket grants you access to the main stage which will feature Anil and the event host, while messaging comments and questions along with all your fellow attendees. You can also access the digital expo, and the networking room where you can see and chat with like-minded people.
Ticket price: AU$20.00
This ticket grants you access to the main stage which will feature Anil and the event host, while messaging comments and questions along with all your fellow attendees. You can also access the digital expo, and the networking room where you can see and chat to like-minded people + gain exclusive access to ask Anil questions face-to-face in a private session for up to 10 people.
Ticket price: AU$40.00
This ticket grants you access to the main stage which will feature Anil and the event host, while messaging comments and questions along with all your fellow attendees. You can also access the digital expo, and the networking room where you can see and chat to like-minded people + gain the very exclusive opportunity to talk with Anil in private one on one meeting for 7 minutes.
- Starting times (all times in AEST):
- Session 1 – 9:10PM
- Session 2 – 9:20PM
- Session 3 – 9:30PM
- Session 4 – 9:40PM
- Session 5 – 9:50PM
Ticket price: AU$150.00
ABOUT OUTSIDE THE BOX:
Our daily lives have taken on a strange and unfamiliar routine thanks to COVID-19. Around the globe, many of us are locked-down or are in social isolation, and it’s enough to drive you mad. But, we’re here to keep you company and to keep you thinking.
Think Inc. proudly presents Outside The Box, a series of Online Live Events featuring prolific speakers whose ideas will change and challenge the way you see the world.
We’re bringing the full experience of live events to your home, complete with interacting with the star of the show, asking them questions, and mingling with other fans.