Consciousness - a deep dive into the politics of brain science with Anil Seth

Episode 26: Consciousness - a deep dive into the politics of brain science with Anil Seth

A conversation about what it means to be conscious and the political implications for a future where machines are cleverer than humans.

Show notes

Anil Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex alongside other eminent roles in the field of advanced research into the nature of consciousness and perception. His bestselling book ‘Being You: A New Science of Consciousness’ is a masterpiece of making complex scientific issues accessible to the non-expert reader.

Anil demonstrates that same skill in this relaxed and free-flowing discussion with Politics on the Couch host Rafael Behr. They talk about the essence of what it means to be a conscious being, whether we can ever be said to experience objective reality, whether our present self is really the same as our past self and some of the moral, philosophical and political issues provoked by those questions.

For more information on Professor Seth and ‘Being You’, visit https://www.anilseth.com/

Here's the perception census he mentions in the podcast: https://perceptioncensus.dreamachine.world

For more on Rafael Behr visit https://rafaelbehr.com

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