Featuring cosmological foundations of consciousness origins of thought evolution of consciousness Neuroscience of Free Will Quantum Physics & Consciousness Out-of-Body and Near Death Experiences Dreams & Hallucinations Paleolithic Cosmology & Spirituality How Consciousness Becomes the Physical Universe .
Is consciousness an epiphenomenal happenstance of this particular universe? or does the very concept of a universe depend upon its presence? Does consciousness merely perceive reality, in some sense, or does reality depend upon it? Did consciousness simply emerge as an effect of evolution? Or was it, always "out there" in the world? These questions and more, are addressed in this special edition.
The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics Oxford Landmark Science
In his bestselling work of popular science, mathematics, cosmology, Sir Roger Penrose takes us on a fascinating tour through the basic principles of physics, and philosophy to show that human thinking can never be emulated by a machine. Oxford landmark science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.
. For many decades, the proponents of `artificial intelligence' have maintained that computers will soon be able to do everything that a human can do.
How Consciousness Became the Universe:: Quantum Physics, Cosmology, Relativity, Evolution, Neuroscience, Parallel Universes
Past present Future Exist Simultaneously. Quantum physics, Advanced Waves and Consciousness. Consciousness Vectors17. The conscious Observer in the Quantum Experiment29. The theory of MindTime16. Paleolithic Cosmic Consciousness of the Cosmos10 Multiverse scenarios in cosmology: Classification, Controversy, Cause, Challenge, and Criticism22.
The observer’s now, past and Future in Physics from a Psycho-Biological Perspective19. Uncertainty principle, parallel universes, Violations of Causality, Entanglement, Wave Functions, and Paradoxes of Time Travel21. Contentsi: how Consciousness Became the Universe1. Consciousness, multiple dimensions, Relativity, Entanglement, Precognition, Quantum Physics, Retrocausation, and Time15.
Does the universe have Cosmological Memory? Does This Imply Cosmic Consciousness?6. The time Machine of Consciousness. Detecting mass consciousness: effects of Globally Shared Attention and EmotionII: Neuroscience, Cosmology and the Evolution of Consciousness of the Universe9. The brain and Consciousness: Dynamics and Evolution11.
Entanglement, dream time, tachyons, deja vu, Quantum Time, Relative Time, Retrocausation, PreCognition, Circle of Time, and Premonitions18. Quantum Reality and Mind 4.
Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe
This groundbreaking book presents a new perspective on three of cosmology’s essential questions: What came before the Big Bang? What is the source of order in our universe? And what cosmic future awaits us? Penrose shows how the expected fate of our ever-accelerating and expanding universe—heat death or ultimate entropy—can actually be reinterpreted as the conditions that will begin a new “Big Bang.
He details the basic principles beneath our universe, explaining various standard and non-standard cosmological models, the paramount significance of black holes, the fundamental role of the cosmic microwave background, and other basic building blocks of contemporary physics. Intellectually thrilling and widely accessible, Cycles of Time is a welcome new contribution to our understanding of the universe from one of our greatest mathematicians and thinkers.
Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe
One of the world's leading physicists questions some of the most fashionable ideas in physics today, including string theoryWhat can fashionable ideas, dogmatic beliefs, theoretical physicists are immune to mere trends, or flights of fancy? In fact, or pure fantasy possibly have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely, blind faith, acclaimed physicist and bestselling author Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme frontiers of physics are just as susceptible to these forces as anyone else.
Turning to cosmology, he argues that most of the current fantastical ideas about the origins of the universe cannot be true, but that an even wilder reality may lie behind them. In this provocative book, while sometimes productive and even essential in physics, quantum mechanics, faith, and fantasy, he argues that fashion, may be leading today's researchers astray in three of the field's most important areas—string theory, and cosmology.
Arguing that string theory has veered away from physical reality by positing six extra hidden dimensions, Penrose cautions that the fashionable nature of a theory can cloud our judgment of its plausibility. In the case of quantum mechanics, its stunning success in explaining the atomic universe has led to an uncritical faith that it must also apply to reasonably massive objects, and Penrose responds by suggesting possible changes in quantum theory.
. Finally, penrose describes how fashion, faith, and fantasy have ironically also shaped his own work, to "conformal cyclic cosmology, a possible alternative to string theory that is beginning to acquire a fashionable status, from twistor theory, " an idea so fantastic that it could be called "conformal crazy cosmology.
The result is an important critique of some of the most significant developments in physics today from one of its most eminent figures.
The Universe Green Door: Metaphysical Journey into the deepest Mysteries of the Universe
Religious worldview, often stops at faith in the creation of our world by God - while avoiding further consideration of all the circumstances of the creation of the universe, in particular, in turn, the apparent imperfection of the material world. Ego elementalsbroken mirrorthe universe as a Thought of the DemiurgeThe Universe that Does Not ExistPART 3.
Black holesPART 4. Realityholographic principleSpaceSpiritual RealityPhysical RealityWave Function CollapseInformation ParadoxConsciousness vs. Scientific knowledge can be supplemented and enriched by an open recognition of the fundamental role of consciousness in the universe. Contact with plato’s worldwhy are we alone in the Universe?Planetary ConsciousnessEvolutionWaves Vs.
The universe within which we exist - from where and why did all this come about? Whose hand or will created it, by whose written or unwritten laws it is evolving? For what purpose do we exist in this world? What further fate awaits it? Probably, each person thought about these questions at least once in his life.
During the course of our lives, either weakens, the acuteness of these issues, or we get content with intermediate, against the backdrop of everyday routine, incomplete pictures of the universe. Where does time end?timeclairvoyance and déjà VuPlatonic IdeasThe Universe Green Door. Consciousnessthree secrets of the universewave functionFundamental Blocks of MentalityMatterRelationship between Matter and ConsciousnessLawsLifeCognitionMemory and PerceptionPersonality and EgregoresPART 2.
For example, gautama Buddha is credited with saying that questions about the origin of our world are idle. The book's chapters cover a range of topics:PART 1.
The Nature of Space and Time Issac Newton Institute Series of Lectures
Penrose, like einstein, refuses to believe that quantum mechanics is a final theory. How could quantum gravity, with no hint of quantum effects in sight? what strange quantum processes can cause black holes to evaporate, not backward? In this book, be constructed? Why does our patch of the universe look just as Einstein predicted, a theory that could explain the earlier moments of the big bang and the physics of the enigmatic objects known as black holes, and what happens to all the information that they swallow? Why does time go forward, the two opponents touch on all these questions.
But was he right? can the quantum theory of fields and einstein's general theory of relativity, the two most accurate and successful theories in all of physics, be united in a single quantum theory of gravity? Can quantum and cosmos ever be combined? On this issue, two of the world's most famous physicists--Stephen Hawking A Brief History of Time and Roger Penrose The Emperor's New Mind and Shadows of the Mind--disagree.
The universe can be understood, he argues, in terms of the geometry of light cones, the compression and distortion of spacetime, and by the use of twistor theory. Einstein said that the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible. Only a quantum theory of gravity, coupled with the no-boundary hypothesis, can ever hope to explain adequately what little we can observe about our universe.
Hawking thinks otherwise, and argues that general relativity simply cannot account for how the universe began. Penrose, playing the realist to Hawking's positivist, thinks that the universe is unbounded and will expand forever. Here they explain their positions in a work based on six lectures with a final debate, all originally presented at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge.
The Large, the Small and the Human Mind Canto
Roger penrose's original and provocative ideas about the large-scale physics of the Universe, the small-scale world of quantum physics and the physics of the mind have been the subject of controversy and discussion. Roger penrose concludes with a response to their thought-provoking criticisms. These ideas were proposed in his best-selling books The Emperor's New Mind and Shadows of the Mind.
Through this, he introduces radically new concepts which he believes will be fruitful in understanding the workings of the brain and the nature of the human mind. These ideas are challenged by three distinguished experts from different backgrounds: Abner Shimony and Nancy Cartwright as philosophers of science and Stephen Hawking as a theoretical physicist and cosmologist.
In this book, he summarises and updates his current thinking in these complex areas to present a masterful summary of those areas of physics in which he feels there are major unresolved problems.
Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness
Quantum enigma's description of the experimental quantum facts, and the quantum theory explaining them, is undisputed. Authors bruce rosenblum and fred Kuttner explain all this in non-technical terms with help from some fanciful stories and anecdotes about the theory's developers. This second edition includes such advances.
In trying to understand the atom, physicists built quantum mechanics, the most successful theory in science and the basis of one-third of our economy. Rosenblum and kuttner therefore turn to exploring consciousness itself--and encounter quantum mechanics. In recent years, physicists, philosophers, computer engineers, and even biologists have expanded our realization of the significance of quantum phenomena.
They present the quantum mystery honestly, emphasizing what is and what is not speculation. Free will and anthropic principles become crucial issues, and the connection of consciousness with the cosmos suggested by some leading quantum cosmologists is mind-blowing. They will find, instead, the facts and hints provided by quantum mechanics and the ability to speculate for themselves.
In the few decades since the bell's theorem experiments established the existence of entanglement Einstein's "spooky action", and the mysteries, interest in the foundations, of quantum mechanics has accelerated. Readers are brought to a boundary where the particular expertise of physicists is no longer the only sure guide.
But every interpretation of quantum physics involves consciousness.
Mindful Universe: Quantum Mechanics and the Participating Observer The Frontiers Collection
The classical mechanistic idea of nature that prevailed during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was essentially mindless: the physically described aspects of nature were asserted to be completely determined by prior physically described aspects alone, with conscious experiences entering only passively.
In the new quantum mechanics theory, conscious experiences enter into the dynamics in specified ways not fixed by physically described aspects alone. In the last century these classical concepts were found inadequate.