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THE HARD PROBLEM
DUALISM
CONSCIOUSNESS AS AN EMERGENT PROPERTY
FUNCTIONALISM
IDENTITY THEORY
HIGHER ORDER (HOT) THEORIES
EMBODIMENT AND CONSCIOUSNESS
INFORMATION THEORY AND CONSCIOUSNESS
EPIPHENOMENALISM
NEW MYSTERIANS
CONSCIOUSNESS AS A FUNDAMENTAL PROPERTY
QUANTUM PROBLEMS & THE NATURE OF SPACETIME
THE FORCES OF NATURE
THE TWO-SLIT EXPERIMENT
QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT
QUANTUM INTERPRETATIONS
LOOP QUANTUM GRAVITY
PENROSE SPIN NETWORK
BLACK HOLES AND HIDDEN REGIONS
RANDOMNESS AND QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT
STRING THEORY
SPACETIME AS A FUNDAMENTAL
π ELECTRONS
OBJECTIVE REDUCTION
HAMEROFF
HAMEROFF AND π ELECTRON CLOUDS
CRITICISMS OF THE HAMEROFF SCHEME
CONSCIOUS & NON-CONSCIOUS PROCESSING
THE GAMMA SYNCHRONY
CONVERGENCE ON SPECIALISED NEURONS
THE EMOTIONAL BRAIN
THE BASAL GANGLIA
FREEWILL
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Consciousness, Biology and Fundamental Physics

Consciousness, Biology and Fundamental Physics

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Why are we conscious? Why do we experience the taste of almonds or the colour red? What is the experience of choosing between beer and wine, and how do we do it? Why do we think that only organisms with brains can do this, although our brains are based on the same sort of physics as everything else in the universe?The conventional consciousness studies of the last twenty years, wedded to a nineteenth century view of physics and biology, has failed to produce anything of explanatory value. Roger Penrose's hypothesis that consciousness is linked to a fundamental level of the universe is here considered more promising, but may not have responded sufficiently to recent advances in quantum biology and neuroscience. 'Consciousness, Biology and Fundamental Physics' attempts an updating of the original inspiration.
Why are we conscious? Why do we experience the taste of almonds or the colour red? What is the experience of choosing between beer and wine, and how do we do it? Why do we think that only organisms with brains can do this, although our brains are based on the same sort of physics as everything else in the universe?The conventional consciousness studies of the last twenty years, wedded to a nineteenth century view of physics and biology, has failed to produce anything of explanatory value. Roger Penrose's hypothesis that consciousness is linked to a fundamental level of the universe is here considered more promising, but may not have responded sufficiently to recent advances in quantum biology and neuroscience. 'Consciousness, Biology and Fundamental Physics' attempts an updating of the original inspiration.

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Physicist Roger Penrose and psychologist Stuart Hameroff suggest the neuron of our brains, their networks, microtubles, can do quantum computations. Wow. That means our brains operate in parallel mixed states. And you thought it was just those Vulcans who could do that neat trick.
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