Anil Seth

Anil Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex. He is also Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Program on Brain, Mind and Consciousness, a European Research Council Advanced Investigator, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Neuroscience of Consciousness (Oxford University Press). He holds degrees in Natural Sciences (MA, Cambridge, 1996), Knowledge-Based Systems (MSc, Sussex, 1996), and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (Ph.D., Sussex, 2001). He carried out his postdoctoral work (2001-2007) at The Neurosciences Institute in San Diego. He has published more than 200 research papers, is a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher (2019-2022), which places him in the top 0.1% of researchers worldwide.

Anil is the author of Being You: A New Science of Consciousness (Faber, 2021) - an instant Sunday Times Bestseller and a 2021 Book of the Year for The Economist, The New Statesman, Bloomberg Business, The Guardian, The Financial Times and elsewhere. His 2017 TED talk on consciousness has more than thirteen million views and features in the ‘Top 15’ TED science talks of all time. A former Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, he has appeared on high-profile podcasts including Making Sense with Sam Harris and Under The Skin with Russell Brand. He has appeared in several films (The Most Unknown, The Search), appears regularly on BBC Radio, and has written for Aeon, The Guardian, Granta, New Scientist, and Scientific American, among others. He was the 2017 President of the British Science Association (Psychology Section) and the 2019 winner of the KidSpirit Perspectives award.