How can the "inner universe" of consciousness be explained in terms of mere biology and physics? Anil Seth explores the brain basis of consciousness and self.

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In his groundbreaking research, Anil Seth seeks to understand the biological basis of conscious experience, and to use insights from consciousness research for the benefit of medicine, science and technology. His multidisciplinary research bridges neuroscience, mathematics, artificial intelligence, computer science, psychology, philosophy and psychiatry. He has also worked extensively with playwrights, dancers and other artists to shape a truly humanistic view of consciousness and self.

Seth is the author of the bestselling Being You: A New Science of Consciousness, which puts forward a unique theory of what it means to ‘be you’ that challenges our understanding of perception and reality, it turns what you thought you knew about yourself on its head.

Hear more about Seth's work and interests on The TED Interview and TED Radio Hour.

Seth is a professor at the University of Sussex, and co-director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Program on Brain, Mind, and Consciousness. Follow him on Twitter at @anilkseth, on Instagram at @profanilseth and visit his website at

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Mind and meaning: The talks of Session 5 of TED2017

April 26, 2017

How can we better understand the world within and around us? In the thought-provoking fifth session of TED2017, hosted by TED’s Editorial Director, Helen Walters, talks about neuroscience, philosophy, cognitive science — and a special experiment in behavioral science — explored issues like filter bubbles, Alzheimer’s and the very essence of existence. Below, recaps of […]

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