How does our biology give rise to the experience of consciousness? In this talk Anil Seth will argue, using innovative combinations of theory and experiment, that our brains are prediction machines inventing our world and correcting our mistakes by the microsecond. Anil's new perspective on consciousness has shed light on the nature of the self, free will, the intimate relationship between being alive and being aware - and the possibility of conscious machines.
Anil will be introduced by scientist, writer and broadcaster Adam Rutherford.
Copies of Anil's book, 'Being You', are available from amazon and all good bookshops.
This is a theatre event, where the speaker and audience in our theatre are joined by an online audience.
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About the speaker
Anil Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, where he is also Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. He is also a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Program on Brain, Mind, and Consciousness, and Co-Director of the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme: From Sensation and Perception to Awareness.
Doors to the theatre will open for our in-person audience at 6.30pm and the livestream will go live at 6.55pm. The event will begin at 7.00pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for up to a week after the event date.
For those attending in-person, please arrive in good time as there may be a wait to be seated according to social distancing rules.
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