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A voyage through the mind to discover what consciousness really is and what we can learn when it goes awry.

What is this strange mental world that seems so essential to being human? The conscious mind brings together sensations, perceptions, thoughts and memories to generate the seamless movie of a person's life. It makes us aware of the world around us and our own self. How all this emerges from a kilogram of brain cells is one of the greatest unanswered questions.

In Your Conscious Mind, leading brain scientists and New Scientist take you on a journey through the mind to discover what consciousness really is and what we can learn when it goes awry. Find out if we will ever build conscious machines and what animal consciousness can tell us about being human and explore the enigma of free will.

New Scientist Instant Expert books are definitive and accessible entry points to the most important subjects in science - subjects that challenge, attract debate, invite controversy and engage the most enquiring minds. Designed for curious listeners who want to know how things work and why, the Instant Expert series explores the topics that really matter and their impact on individuals, society and the planet, translating the scientific complexities around us into language that's open to everyone and putting new ideas and discoveries into perspective and context.

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