2020 Audie Finalist
As concise and enlightening as Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, this mind-expanding dive into the mystery of consciousness is an illuminating meditation on the self, free will, and felt experience.
What is consciousness? How does it arise? And why does it exist? We take our experience of being in the world for granted. But the very existence of consciousness raises profound questions: Why would any collection of matter in the universe be conscious? How are we able to think about this? And why should we?
In this wonderfully accessible audiobook, Annaka Harris guides us through the evolving definitions, philosophies, and scientific findings that probe our limited understanding of consciousness. Where does it reside, and what gives rise to it? Could it be an illusion, or a universal property of all matter? As we try to understand consciousness, we must grapple with how to define it and, in the age of artificial intelligence, who or what might possess it.
Conscious offers lively and challenging arguments that alter our ideas about consciousnessA??allowing us to think freely about it for ourselves, if indeed we can.
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"While it may be hard to conceptualize consciousness and free will, author and narrator Annaka Harris provides listeners with a concise guide to begin understanding the inner workings of the mind. Narrating with a steady pace and a clear tone, Harris uses examples of consciousness found in the natural world and questions the existence of the felt experience relating to current and future technological advances, such as AI. While venturing this far into a debate on consciousness's existence--where it comes from and free will's place in it all--would have most listeners feeling out of their depth, Harris's accessible writing and calm narration facilitate learning and growth. V.T. 2020 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"
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