My conversation with Sam Harris - Consciousness and Self - has just been released as part of his 'Best of Making Sense' series.
Scientist, Author, Speaker
The science of consciousness
Understanding the biological basis of conscious experience is one of the great challenges for 21st Century Science.
The Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller
Being You – A New Science of Consciousness
A 2021 Book of the Year (New Statesman, Economist, Bloomberg, Five Books), a 2021 Science Book of the Year (Guardian, Financial Times). Being You is out now in hardback, paperback (from 1st Sep 2022), ebook, and audio.
Do you see what I see?
The Perception Census
The Perception Census is a unique online study of perceptual diversity. It is part of Dreamachine. Join in to test your senses, and help us advance the science of perception.
New book review in Current Biology! "Being You is an engaging and accessible tour through the field’s boldest theories, most creative experiments and most surprising findings. You could give the book to a smart teenager and get them asking questions that they will be thinking about for the rest of their lives."
Test your senses! The Perception Census is now live. Take part, find out about your powers of perception, and help advance the research. Part of the Dreamachine programme.
New podcast! The Michael Shermer Show - in which we talk about the hard problem of consciousness, the self, and the essence of volition.
How we perceive the world differently, and why that brings us together. The British Science Association interview me and Fiona Macpherson about the Dreamachine Schools Programme, which is now up-and-running. Check out Life's Big Questions and get your school to sign up!
Theories of Consciousness. A new review (and mild manifesto) out now in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, with Tim Bayne.
"As close to state-funded psychedelic drugs as you can get". 5* review of Dreamachine in The Guardian. Reserve your free tickets now (London, Cardiff).
"A mind-bending light and sound extravaganza is coming to a town near you, and it could help unravel the mysteries of the brain." Preview of Dreamachine in this week's New Scientist. Book your tickets now for the London and Cardiff events, starting May.
Consciousness at TED
Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality
My main-stage TED talk has more than 13 million views.