Author of "CONSCIOUS: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind" and "I Wonder," editor of "Mindful Games"
In this episode, Coleman has a chat with Annaka Harris, New York Times bestselling author of CONSCIOUS and the wife of Sam Harris about the notions of science, consciousness and AI. 
What if everything you think you know about yourself is wrong? Most people have the intuition that they have a self separate from their body and brain, and that they can control their experience with conscious will. But what if that isn’t true? Best-selling author Annaka Harris is devoted to challenging our deepest intuitions about the nature of consciousness and the self. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, she discusses experiments on the cutting edge of physics and neuroscience, and explains why those experiments matter. The result is a fascinating conversation that will leave you questioning some of your most cherished, comforting intuitions. This episode is brought to you by: Butcher Box: For a limited time, you can get 2 pounds of salmon and 2 filet mignons for free plus $20 off your first box when you sign up at butcherbox.com/IMPACT or enter promo code IMPACT at checkout. Vincero Watches: Go to https://vincerowatches.com and use discount code ImpactTheory at checkout for 15% off your entire order plus free shipping. Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/impacttheory SHOW NOTES:   Consciousness is exactly as mysterious as it seems to be [2:29] Annaka defines what consciousness is [4:54] Tom and Annaka discuss the story of Phineas Gage [6:31] Annaka talks about the difference between consciousness and high level thought [9:14] There is a basic level of consciousness that doesn’t involve awareness of consciousness [11:35] Challenging intuitions is a basic element of the scientific method [14:58] Is there outer evidence of conscious experience? Is consciousness doing anything? [18:46] Upending comfortable intuitions is eventually a freeing experience [20:57] Annaka explains how the brain binds disparate signals to make them seem congruent [22:23] Annaka and Tom discuss how much unconscious brain functioning we take for granted [27:09] Annaka describes the false sense of self and conscious will [29:53] We make decisions before we are aware of them [33:41] Annaka discusses the question of whether or to what extent plants are conscious [35:30] Trees take care of their own kin, and defend their kin [40:48] What if consciousness is a field like gravity? [43:39] Annaka describes the double slit light experiment [46:13] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uva6gBEpfDY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9tKncAdlHQ https://drive.google.com/open?id=11YDGl3xTv1_yHcaFRf68M6zhbD7AxLpj Measuring an event can change the past [51:41] Annaka discusses problems with the views that consciousness emerges from life [54:25] Annaka shares the impact she wants to have on the world [1:03:06]   QUOTES:   “There’s something jarring about learning that the things that feel most true to you about reality are possibly not structured that way.” [21:29] “We feel that consciousness is behind our willed actions, when in fact, there is a lot of neuroscience to suggest that it’s actually the reverse. It’s at the end. That all this processing happens, a decision gets made, and we’re kind of the last to know.” [31:54] “We have no evidence that consciousness is due to complexity.” [1:00:24]   FOLLOW:   WEBSITE: annakaharris.com INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/392CIl1  FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/2GTsk36  TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2RUoY63      BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:   “Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind”, https://amzn.to/2u7OR9H [2:19]
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And I feel strongly that 2020 holds the potential energy manifest your aspirations.It is in this spirit that we created a tradition of closing each year with a look in the rear view with a 2-episode compilation of clips excerpted from many of year's best guests.Consider these next two shows as a love letter. My way of saying thank you. I see you. I believe in you. And I believe in the power we all have to do, be and live better. To step into our best, most authentic selves. And in turn, share freely what we have learned in service of others.For long-time listeners, the next two episodes are intended to launch you into 2020 with renewed vigor and intention. Lean in to the wisdom. Leverage it to clarify your 2020 goals.If you're newer to the show, my hope is that this anthology will prime you to peruse the back catalog and check out episodes you may have missed.Links to the full episodes excerpted in this anthology can be found in the below show notes.You can watch it all go down on YouTube (with the exception of the Gemma Newman, Jack Dorsey and Kevin Smith excerpts, episodes that we did not film). And as always, the conversation streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.Here's to an extraordinary 2020. Join me, and let's make it the best year ever -- together.Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & Subscribe             Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Spotify | Stitcher | Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsJaybird: Pioneering audio for the active, Jaybird makes the most advanced and durable headphones I have ever tried. 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In this episode of the Making Sense podcast Sam and Annaka Harris speak with Donald Hoffman about his book “The Case Against Reality.” They discuss how evolution has failed to select for true perceptions of the world, his “interface theory” of perception, the primacy of math and logic, how space and time cannot be fundamental, the threat of epistemological skepticism, causality as a useful fiction, the hard problem of consciousness, agency, free will, panpsychism, a mathematics of conscious agents, philosophical idealism, death, psychedelics, the relationship between consciousness and mathematics, and many other topics. SUBSCRIBE to continue listening and gain access to all content on samharris.org/subscribe.
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22
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15
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23 hours, 57 minutes
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