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A comic book exploring consciousness
A comic book exploring consciousness
425 backers pledged $17,277 to help bring this project to life.

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A comic book about consciousness?

The idea seemed so crazy... so perfect. 

But why?  The public radio programTo the Best of Our Knowledge is producing a six-hour radio series on the science of consciousness, featuring interviews with many of the leading experts - neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists, philosophers, writers, and artists.  

We already had a stellar guest list: Oliver Sacks, Richard Davidson and Eric Kandel, to name just a few. But we also wanted to do something entirely new to make all these tricky ideas more approachable. A comic book! 

And not just a comic book as a clever gimmick, but an imaginative story using illustrations to explore some of the deepest questions in science: How do our brains work? Are animals conscious? What about computers? Will we ever crack the “mind-brain problem”? And what does all this brain science tell us about the most personal question of all: Who am I? 

Who is going to make this happen?  We were thrilled to find our talented comic book collaborators, writer Jim Ottaviani and artist Natalie Nourigat. They’ll create a wonderful story to complement what we do on the radio: examining a big subject and making it accessible, engaging and fun. They are ready to start working.

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We need YOU to help fund it!

The Radio Program and the Series

 

We call To the Best of Our Knowledge “a radio magazine of ideas.” It’s a Peabody Award-winning radio show, distributed by Public Radio International, produced at Wisconsin Public Radio, and aired nationally. We use in-depth interviews, storytelling and sound-rich pieces to explore big ideas. 

The comic book and the radio series are both called “Meet Your Mind: The Science of Consciousness.” 

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    A PDF version of the comic book before anyone else gets to see it plus our eternal appreciation for being part of the collective consciousness of this project plus recognition on this kickstarter project webpage.

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    Your very own print copy of the comic book, “Meet Your Mind: A Users’ Guide to the Science of Consciousness” plus everything above.

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    To the Best of our Knowledge-logo USB drive with a PDF version of the comic book and the entire six hour radio series upon which the comic book was based plus everything above.

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    To the Best of Our Knowledge Chicobag. A Chicobag is a light-weight, all-purpose bag that stuffs into its own small stuff sack. Easy to carry in your purse or glove compartment, you'll find this bag very convenient. This bag is dark blue and has the To the Best of Our Knowledge logo. It is made of recycled PET plastic. It's designed to be carried on one shoulder and can hold up to 40 pounds. The open bag has the dimensions of 19 inches tall by 15.5 inches wide. The small stuff sack is 3.5 x 5 inches. https://pledge.wpr.org/WebModuleV862/Items/i2259.jpg

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    200 copies of “Meet Your Mind: A Users’ Guide to the Science of Consciousness” donated to the school of your choice. Plus a our personal thanks to you in the comic book.

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    Limited signed, numbered edition of comic book including signatures of the artist, writer and hosts of TTBOOK. Plus a our personal thanks to you in the comic book.

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