Support Aeon

‘Aeon is one of the liveliest, most wide-ranging and imaginative sources of good content on the web. A fabulous resource for the intelligent and curious.’

Professor Barry C. Smith, UK, Friend of Aeon

Aeon is a registered charity committed to the spread of knowledge and a cosmopolitan worldview.
But we can’t do it without you.

Donate now

Aeon is a registered charity committed to the spread of knowledge and a cosmopolitan worldview. Our mission is to create a sanctuary online for serious thinking.

No ads, no paywall, no clickbait – just thought-provoking ideas from the world’s leading thinkers, free to all. But we can’t do it without you.

Donate now

Anil Seth
Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience, Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science

Anil K Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, and founding co-director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. He is also editor-in-chief of Neuroscience of Consciousness (Oxford University Press)a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, and a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He lives in Brighton.

Written by Anil Seth

Essay/
Neuroscience
The real problem

It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be

Anil K Seth