Author bio

Annaka Harris

Annaka Harris - book author

Annaka Harris is the author of "CONSCIOUS: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind" (HarperCollins, June 2019). She is the author of the children's book "I Wonder," a collaborator on the "Mindful Games Activity Cards," by Susan Kaiser Greenland, and her work has appeared in The New York Times. She is a consultant for science writers and a volunteer mindfulness teacher for the Inner Kids organization. She is married to the neuroscientist and author Sam Harris.

Annaka Harris is the author of books: Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind, I Wonder, Lying, Mindful Games Activity Cards: 55 Fun Ways to Share Mindfulness with Kids and Teens, #178 - The Reality Illusion, Achtsame Spiele: Achtsamkeit und Meditation mit Kindern, Jugendlichen und Familien - Mit 60 spielerischen Achtsamkeitsübungen

Author books


"If you’ve ever wondered how you have the capacity to wonder, some fascinating insights await you in these pages.” --Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals

As concise and enlightening as Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, this mind-expanding dive into the mystery of consciousness is an illuminating meditation on the self, free will, and felt experience.

What is consciousness? How does it arise? And why does it exist? We take our experience of being in the world for granted. But the very existence of consciousness raises profound questions: Why would any collection of matter in the universe be conscious? How are we able to think about this? And why should we?

In this wonderfully accessible book, Annaka Harris guides us through the evolving definitions, philosophies, and scientific findings that probe our limited understanding of consciousness. Where does it reside, and what gives rise to it? Could it be an illusion, or a universal property of all matter? As we try to understand consciousness, we must grapple with how to define it and, in the age of artificial intelligence, who or what might possess it. 

Conscious offers lively and challenging arguments that alter our ideas about consciousness—allowing us to think freely about it for ourselves, if indeed we can.
I Wonder offers crucial lessons in emotional intelligence, starting with being secure in the face of uncertainty. Annaka Harris has woven a beautiful tapestry of art, storytelling, and profound wisdom. Any young child – and parent – will benefit from sharing this wondrous book together.”—Daniel Goleman, author of the #1 bestseller Emotional Intelligence

I Wonder captures the beauty of life and the mystery of our world, sweeping child and adult into a powerful journey of discovery. Magnificent!”—Daniel Siegel, author of Mindsight and The Whole-Brain Child

Eva takes a walk with her mother and encounters a range of mysteries: from gravity, to life cycles, to the vastness of the universe. She learns that it’s okay to say “I don’t know,” and she discovers that there are some things even adults don’t know—mysteries for everyone to wonder about together! I Wonder is a book that celebrates the feelings of awe and curiosity in children, as the foundation for all learning.
As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption—even murder and genocide—generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie.

In Lying, best-selling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie. He focuses on "white" lies—those lies we tell for the purpose of sparing people discomfort—for these are the lies that most often tempt us. And they tend to be the only lies that good people tell while imagining that they are being good in the process.
A deck of 55 mindfulness games for kids that takes a playful approach to developing attention and focus, and identifying and regulating emotions--by the author of Mindful Games and The Mindful Child.
Playing games is a great way for kids to develop their focusing and attention skills and to become more mindful. This card deck helps parents, caregivers, and teachers cultivate these qualities at home or in a school setting. The games develop what Susan Kaiser Greenland calls the -new A, B, C's- for learning and for a happy and successful life: Attention, Balance, and Compassion. In a playful way, the games introduce kids to breathing practices and techniques for developing focus, concentration, and sensory awareness, and identifying and self-regulating emotions, among other skills. They include -anchor- games that develop concentration; visualization games that encourage kindness and focus; analytical games that cultivate clear thinking; and awareness games that develop all of these qualities and give greater insight into ourselves, others, and relationships. The deck contains 55 5X7 illustrated cards, each devoted to one game or activity, and comes in a sturdy, beautifully designed box.
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast Sam and Annaka Harris speak with Donald Hoffman about his book The Case Against Reality. They discuss how evolution has failed to select for true perceptions of the world, his “interface theory” of perception, the primacy of math and logic, how space and time cannot be fundamental, the threat of epistemological scepticism, causality as a useful fiction, the hard problem of consciousness, agency, free will, panpsychism, a mathematics of conscious agents, philosophical idealism, death, psychedelics, the relationship between consciousness and mathematics, and many other topics.
Achtsame Spiele verknüpft spannende und praktische Achtsamkeitsübungen für Kinder mit der zugrunde liegenden Psychologie und Pädagogik. Ausführliche Anleitungen zeigen, wie sowohl pädagogische Fachkräfte in Kindergärten und Schulen als auch Eltern Achtsamkeit spielerisch umsetzen können. Kindern und Jugendlichen bietet achtsames Spielen eine wunderbare Möglichkeit, Konzentration zu entwickeln, ihre Emotionen regulieren zu lernen und dadurch auf herausfordernde Situationen gelassener und mitfühlender zu reagieren.

Susan Kaiser Greenland stellt in ihrem neuen Buch 60 einfache und spannende Aktivitäten vor: Die Spiele, über viele Jahre in der Arbeit mit Kindern und Erwachsenen entwickelt und getestet, wurden für Kinder entworfen; allerdings können sie für Erwachsene ebenso vergnüglich und transformativ sein! Alle Spiele fördern Einsicht und Empathie - und sie machen Spaß.

Die Autorin schöpft aus einem tiefen Verständnis von Meditation und Achtsamkeitspraxis sowie aus ihrem umfassenden Wissen über die kindliche Entwicklung, fundiert durch die entsprechende wissenschaftliche Forschung. Susan Kaiser Greenland entwickelte den Kurs Inner Kids und leitet seit vielen Jahren weltweit Achtsamkeitstrainings für Kinder, Eltern und pädagogische Fachkräfte.