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    Anil Seth: Being You

    Thu 21 Oct, 6.30pm UTC
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Literature & poetry
    £10 ⁠–⁠ £20
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    One of Britain’s leading neuroscientists delivers a keynote talk on what the new science of consciousness can tell us about what it is to be ‘self’.

    On the opening night of London Literature Festival, Anil Seth talks with Oliver Burkeman to explore how selfhood is shaped by our relationships, and what this means for the future – whether it’s virtual reality or artificial ‘friends’.

    Drawing on his radical new theory of consciousness, in his compelling new book Being You, Seth illuminates the way our perception of self is refracted through the minds of others.

    In his view, our consciousness is formed through a dance of mutual mental inference, estimating and re-estimating not only what others are thinking, but what they are thinking about us.

    And this, in turn, becomes part of who we are ourselves.

    Seth explores the implications of this conception of the self for a range of rapidly evolving technologies.

    In a world where interactions with robots and artificial intelligence become more everyday, what does this mean for the future of the human self?

    Anil Seth is professor of cognitive and computational neuroscience at the University of Sussex, co-director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, and a European Research Council Advanced Investigator. His 2017 TED talk has had over 11 million views.

    Oliver Burkeman is the author of Four Thousand Weeks: Time and How to Use It and wrote a long-running column on psychology for The Guardian newspaper. His work has also appeared in New Philosopher, Psychologies, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

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    Thu 21 Oct, 6.30pm UTC


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