- June 26, 2019
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
As humans, our awareness of being-our consciousness-is so ingrained that we take it for granted. But the idea of consciousness raises profound questions when examined up close. Why would any collection of matter in the universe be conscious? How are we even able to think about this? And why should we?
Author Annaka Harris ponders these and other brain-twisting questions as she takes us through evolving definitions, philosophies, and scientific findings that probe our limited understanding of this age-old mystery. Is consciousness an illusion, or is it a universal property of all matter? Where does it reside, and what gives rise to it? As we try to understand how consciousness comes to be in the first place, we must grapple with how to define it, and how to decide who (or who and what) experiences it.
Join bestselling author Rob Reid for a conversation with Annaka about her latest book, Conscious: A Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind, diving into the mystery of consciousness, challenging our beliefs about who or what possesses it, and reshaping our understanding of the meaning of free will and the concept of a self.
Annaka Harris is an author, editor, and a consultant for science writers. She is the author of the children's book I Wonder, a collaborator on Susan Kaiser Greenland's The Mindful Games Activity Cards, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times. She lives with her husband, the neuroscientist, author, and podcaster Sam Harris, and their two children.
Rob Reid is a high tech entrepreneur, angel investor, bestselling author and podcaster based in New York City and San Francisco. A former venture capitalist, he was the founder, CEO, and later Chairman of Listen.com, which conceived of, built and released Rhapsody – the first online music service to secure full-catalog licenses from all of the major labels. Rhapsody created the unlimited streaming model later adopted by Spotify, Apple, and others. Rob has worked with technology startups as an investor, board member, and formal advisor for over ten years. Companies in his portfolio have included IGN, Kareo, Surf Air, Akili, Lyft, Poshmark, Uphold, Hooked, and Brava. His first novel, Year Zero, was a New York Times bestseller. Random House released his most recent novel, After On, in 2017, and CBS Studios is now developing it into a TV series. His nonfiction writing has included a cover story for Wired, as well as ambitious tech-focused pieces for publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Rob’s podcast (also called After On) features unhurried conversations with world-class thinkers, founders, and scientists. His interviews are detailed, yet highly accessible surveys of the exhilarating work his guests are doing to transform the world.