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Annaka Harris

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Annaka Harris
Annaka Gorton[1][2]

1976 (age 47–48)
EducationNew York University (BFA)[3]
Notable workConscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind
SpouseSam Harris (m. 2004)

Annaka Harris (née Gorton, born 1976) is an American writer. Her work touches on neuroscience, meditation, philosophy of mind and consciousness. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind (2019) and the children's book I Wonder (2013).


Harris was the co-founder of the non-profit scientific education group Project Reason in 2007.[4] She edited the 2011 long-form essay and book Lying by her husband Sam Harris. She is the author of the 2013 children's book I Wonder,[5] which is about uncertainty and the nature of reality. She wrote the 2019 New York Times bestselling science book[6] Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind.[7] Key subjects of Conscious include free will, panpsychism[8] and the hard problem of consciousness.[9][10]

Harris has been married to the neuroscientist and author Sam Harris since 2004. The couple has two daughters.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Form SB-2: Deja Foods Inc". Securities and Exchange Commission. April 12, 2005. p. 22. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  2. ^ Rice, Lewis I. (July–August 2005). "The Iconoclast". Stanford Magazine. Archived from the original on December 22, 2005. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  3. ^ "The Art of Science: Annaka Harris". Inside Chic. February 25, 2020. Retrieved June 28, 2021. I chose to focus on pursuing a dance career and attended Tisch School of the Arts at NYU...
  4. ^ "Project Reason". Archived from the original on 2010-03-06.
  5. ^ Harris, Annaka. "I Wonder". Amazon. Four Elephants Press. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  6. ^ "New York Times Science Bestsellers July 2019". The New York Times. No. 7 July 2019. 1 July 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Making Sense #159 - Conscious: A Conversation with Annaka Harris". samharris.org. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  8. ^ Gillihan, Ph.D., Seth J. (8 August 2019). "How Is Consciousness Related to the Brain?". Psychology Today. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  9. ^ Staff, Singularity Hub. "Exploring the Great Mysteries of Consciousness and Free Will With Annaka Harris". Singularity Hub. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  10. ^ Jones, Everett (7 December 2018). "Spring 2019 Announcements: Science". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  11. ^ Harris, Sam (2014). Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4516-3603-1.
  12. ^ Harris, Sam (July 4, 2011). "Drugs and the Meaning of Life". Sam Harris. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved September 7, 2019.

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