After a catastrophic car accident that left him in a coma, Simon Lewis found ways to recover — physically and mentally — beyond all expectations. At the INK Conference he tells how this remarkable story led him to concern over all threats to consciousness, and how to overcome them.

Why you should listen:

He’s the author of Rise and Shine, a memoir that uses his personal story — of recovery from coma — to illustrate deep and universal insights about consciousness itself. An acclaimed author, speaker and commentator, Lewis uses creative visualizations that fuse cutting-edge medicine, scientific research and digital art to illustrate solutions to society’s most pressing problem: the erosion of consciousness and need for solutions to nurture and grow our minds through cognitive and other therapies.

An advocate for change in how we educate our children and ourselves, he says that we must not take our consciousness for granted, but use specific tools to screen and detect learning weaknesses and prevent academic failure. Bridge the gap from our potential mind toward our actual mind and maximize consciousness itself across our population, from child to adult.

The Atavist magazine devoted Issue No. 7 to Chris Colin’s in-depth biographical profile of Lewis, called “Blindsight.” Read a review or buy the issue.


Who is he:

Born in London, Simon Lewis is a film and television producer and author. After earning law degrees from Christ’s College Cambridge and Boalt Hall, Berkeley, Lewis moved to Los Angeles, where his Hollywood experience includes managing writers, directors and stars, as well as producing Look Who’s Talking, critically acclaimed films such as The Chocolate War, the Emmy-winning international co-production for HBO and ITV Central A Month of Sundays (Age Old Friends), and variety specials starring Howie Mandel.


  1. What is human consciousness?
  1. Where does Lewis think human consciousness come from? What is the relationship between early survival, brain growth, and consciousness?
  1. What is the prevalence of head injury and disease in India? In the US? For the seven billion people on the planet?
  1. Research Alfred Mann and the inventions he and his group are pioneering. Share this information with someone.
  1. Interview a person who has had or still has some kind of consciousness impairment: How do they experience it? What has been their experience with therapy? How does it affect their life, physically and emotionally, today?
  1. What are the four Cs of consciousness the aided his recovery?

Don’t take consciousness for granted with Simon Lewis


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