The Neuroscience of Consciousness
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 this Outside The Box event, Anil aims 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 dove 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.
This event consisted of a 30-minute presentation by Anil, followed by an in-depth discussion and audience Q&A session with Junior Research Fellow Lila Landowski.
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