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Consciousness Hacking With Mikey Siegel

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On this episode of The Consciousness Files you will find out how artificial intelligence will be superseded by artificial wisdom intelligence; how Facebook can connect not only our thoughts and words, but our consciousness; and how the hearts and brain-waves of people within corporations can be synchronised to create compassionate business futures.

Today I am chatting with Mikey Siegel who is one of a growing number of consciousness hackers, a movement which he has helped found. He has also co-founded the transformative technology conference and the consciousness tech design studio. He has worked with robots at places like MIT, NASA and Audi. Situated on the west coast of the United States, he works to create tools that facilitate people’s paths toward higher consciousness, self-realization and awakening. This involves the creation of technologies which can help us to be more mindful, present, and accepting. Mikey draws upon the great wisdom and spiritual traditions, but seeks to adapt that understanding to modern contexts so that it is accessible to modern human beings.

Mikey’s web site is http://mikeysiegel.com/

Mikey’s TEDx talk is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG_chQK9iGc

 

 

PODCAST OUTLINE

1:50 Mikey describes moving into a single house with nine others: the intentional consciousness hacking community.

5:40 The consciousness hacking community as it is developing in California and across the world.

7:50 The goal is transformation of world consciousness, to solve world problems.

9:40 Inner peace and compassion lie at the heart of the movement.

10:50 How can we use technology to address significant psycho-spiritual problems in the modern context?

12:00 The heart-sync technology synchronises the heart beats of groups.

14:30 This technology is being extended to include brain waves.

16:10 Maybe we could make a Facebook-style platform, but one which connects us more deeply than current social media

18:10 These technologies are now making waves in corporations. They are in demand.

20:00 “How have you found the experience of transferring from engineering to a more fringe field like consciousness hacking?”

22:10 “Will these technologies free us?” Kevin Kelly’s argument.

23:00 There is an evolutionary drive to what is happening.

24:20. We can create not only an artificial intelligence, but artificial wisdom.

25:40. Creating from wisdom, not fear.

27:20. “What technologies are going to transform us in the next twenty years?”

28:50 We could develop a wisdom technology which could bring together all old and new healing technologies to assist us.

31:10. The dystopian dangers of new technologies.

33:30 The technological wild cards which will surprise us. Technologies which transform conscious experience, and why they will be in demand.

37:20. “Is a dark age necessary before we see the light?”

40:00 “Is there one thing we can call enlightenment?” There is an evolutionary arc.

41:20 “What is consciousness?”

43:30 Why consciousness has non-local properties.

45:00 Technologies will be able to assist us to tap into the extended mind.

46:00 Mikey’s experience with mind-reading.

48:50. We can learn to develop expanded cognitive abilities like ESP.

Futurist Tom Lombardo and Future Consciousness

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On Episode 2 of The Consciousness Files I speak with futurist Tom Lombardo, Ph.D.

In this episode you will find out the best science fiction novel of all time, why cyborgs are an inevitable part of the future, why Ray Kurzweil’s idea of consciousness being uploaded onto computers is limited, and why the Benjamin Libet free will experiments are wrong in suggesting we do not have free will.

Tom Lombardo is the Executive Director of the Center for Future Consciousness, the Director of The Wisdom Page, the Managing Editor of Wisdom and the Future, and Professor Emeritus and retired Faculty Chair of Psychology, Philosophy, and the Future at Rio Salado College. He is a national and internationally recognized researcher, writer, and speaker, and he has published six books and over fifty articles on topics including: the history of scientific and philosophical thought; the future of education; future consciousness and contemporary futurist thought; and science fiction as the mythology of the future.

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Tom is also an award-winning teacher and educator with over thirty-five years of professional experience in college teaching.

Tom’s web site is: www.centerforfutureconsciousness.com

PODCAST TIMELINE

4:40 Tom outlines his brand of futures – futures of consciousness, including wisdom.

6:30. How Tom first got into futures studies, seeing an Alvin Toffler book in a department store.

8:50. How Tom became interested in the subject of consciousness – with the mind-body problem.

12:00 Tom’s solution to “the mind-body problem.”

13:00 What is consciousness?

14:00 How Tom’s theory of consciousness can assist mainstream science.

16:00 The physical environment is not separate from our interpretation of it.

18:30 Tom’s book Mind Flight discussed.

20:20 What experiences have influenced Tom’s understanding of consciousness. How weight lifting played a part.

22:50. Meteorite synchronicities.

23:50 Olaf Stapledon’s novel “Starmaker,” and why it is the best science fiction novel ever.

27:30. Why Stapledon influenced Tom’s understanding of mind and the future.

29:30. Australian sci-fi writer Greg Egan, and his novel “Diaspora.”

33:00 Sexuality in Stapledon.

34:00 Tom’s critique Ray Kurzweil and the transhumanists. They focus on technology, but fail to consider mental and spiritual evolution.

38:10. Evolution moves towards greater complexity.

40:10 Cyborgs, mobile technology and the human future. Tom relates his enthusiasm for detachable body parts.

45:50. “The Last American”. Sci fi Novel written in 1880. Persians sail to New York City in the 23rd century, only to find it has been destroyed.

47:40. The evolution of consciousness and the current American political crisis.

50:20. America lacks cultural icons of higher consciousness expression.

53:10 How can we create a more positive attitude towards the future? Collapse may be required.

55:20 Who are the positive role models we can look up to?

59:20. Does the universe have any purpose? We have begun guiding evolution.

1:02:10 We are participating with the universe in its evolution.

1:08:10 The brain operates within a cosmic ecology.

10:10.40 Thomas Nagel’s argument about consciousness as being intrinsic within the nature of the universe.

1:12:10 Spinoza and the possibility of free will.

1:15.00 Critiquing Benjamin Libet’s free will experiments. Why Libet is wrong.

1:19:40 Tom’s recommended reading and contact details.

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How Not To Simulate a Brain While Wasting A Billion Dollars

Take a look at this fascinating TED talk by Henry Markram. The talk is about six years old, and he outlines how we can build a mathematical simulation of the human brain by mapping all the neurons and their interconnections. Once we can do this we will be able to simulate consciousness, he says. It may also help us find answers to mental disease and mental degeneration.

Markram was involved in developing a simulation of part of a rat’s brain. Now he’s on to people. Not long after this talk Markram was given 1.3 billion dollars by the European Union to turn this dream to reality over a period of one decade, via the Human Brain Project.

The thing is, as you watch the talk with any critical capacity, it is easy to see that there are numerous guesses and unquestioned presuppositions posited about the way the brain functions, and about the nature of consciousness. The computer metaphor appears again and again and again, as if it is unquestionably true that the brain operates like a computer. If you get the founding principle wrong, there’s not much chance anything else is going to go right.

That mathematical description will yield the secrets of consciousness is about as valid as believing that positing a simple equation to describe two oranges tells us the nature of oranges. OR 1 + OR 2 = 2OR. All you really have is an abstract representation of a couple of pieces of fruit.

And little did go right in the Human Brain Project. In 2015 Markram was fired as the project head, after the entire project became a “brain wreck” a mere two years after it began. The whole story is testimony to how far into delusion both neuroscience and popular perceptions about the brain have descended. Fancy computer graphics reify the delusion.

It is a giant ego fall. We just don’t know very much about the brain, and very, very little about consciousness.

Maybe it’s time to start asking some new questions.

Robert Epstein on Why Your Brain is not a Computer

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This essay posted at aeon.co will be of interest to a few of my futurist friends and those in consciousness studies.

Robert Epstein holds nothing back as he hamburgerises the sacred cow of cognitive science: the presupposition that the brain is like a computer. It’s a little short on definitive evidence for the claim, but is in my opionion on the right track. Though it does slay one sacred cow, it fails to recognise another is just nervously entering the philosophical slaughterhouse: the materialist reductionism upon which the dominant model of consciousness is implicitly founded. But that would be a sacred cow too far for any respectable academic. If we bring the discussion on the field properties of consciousness to this discussion, then we might really get somewhere. But it’s a nice start, nonetheless.

On a side note, Ray Kurzweil’s mad idea to load brains onto computers does not necessarily dissipate (as Epstein argues) if consciousness does hold field properties. But then one might ask the question, what would be the point? 🙂

A couple of quotes from the article:

“Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer.”

“We are organisms, not computers. Get over it. Let’s get on with the business of trying to understand ourselves, but without being encumbered by unnecessary intellectual baggage. The IP metaphor has had a half-century run, producing few, if any, insights along the way. The time has come to hit the DELETE key.”

https://aeon.co/essays/your-brain-does-not-process-information-and-it-is-not-a-computer

The Biology of Story…

Rick Tarnas shared this site today called the Biology of Story, and it looks good. Some great sound bites, and neat, potted summaries of key ideas, which is very useful in the modern age. I found the videos wouldn’t load on the site itself on my iPad – I had to go through to YouTube to watch them. Some very informative short videos featuring people like Rupert Sheldrake and Fritfof Capra. To be honest, I don’t know some of the names listed there, but I will check some out in the coming days.

There is an interesting three-minute video where Capra outlines why new paradigms take time to take hold. He points to professional, institutional and cognitive resistance.

Sheldrake & the Credibility Issue in Modern Science

I share a link here to an interesting podcast entitled “Beyond Physicalism,” which features Mark Vernon interviewing biologist Rupert Sheldrake. Sheldrake talks of a new “humility” in science. This emerges from some of the recent research which indicates that the file drawer effect in science is far more pronounced than previously thought, and that a great many of the experiments in science are not repeateable.

The file drawer effect is the tendency for researchers to publish only results that support their research agendas or personal biases.

Sheldrake claims that psychic science has led the way here, as they have had to deal with accusations of the file drawer effect for many years. Now it turns out that mainstream science itself has a widespread problem in this respect.

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Sheldrake mentions the “questionable research practices” which underpin the loss of confidence in science – scientists only publish 5-10% of their data. This means there is scope for tremendous distortion. One recent study by a pharmaceutical company attempted replication of 50 top papers in medical journals, and found that 45 were not replicable.

Sheldrake says that the problem is also present in psychology and chemistry, where many experiments experiments are not replicable.

Sheldrake mentions philosopher Mathew Colborn, who points out that psychology and science encourages us not to believe our own minds – there is a systematic attempt to distrust such experiences. We are training educated people not to trust their own experience, but instead trust scientific authority. Yet as we are now beginning to understand, the latter has a whole culture of distortion and denial, and many of its own experiments are not replicable.

Thus many ideas and beliefs common to mainstream sciences are actually grounded on unstable foundations, despite the fact that most laymen assume them to be solid.

http://www.sheldrake.org/audios/science-set-free-podcas

PS: If you wish to be kept up to date about research and developments regarding The Coming Consciousness Revolution (interviews, videos, the book project, important links to other works etc.) just email me at newsletter@marcustanthony.com, and I will send you updates every month or so.

 

Marcus

Mind and Futures in the Media This Week, # 2

the-new-mind Here’s a roundup of some Important and relevant news in the media this week, all related to mind and the future. This page may be updated with new links over the coming week. The link to last week’s Media report is here.

IT and Big Data

Mike Elgan, Forbes, “Tom Hanks’ Captain Phillips Says The High-Tech World Is A Shocking Delusion”.

Main Idea: The future will not be a simple high-tech one where all have access to big data, but one increasingly defined by the digital divide.

Marcus’ insight: The same is also true of intuitive knowledge, with high-tech distraction and verbal-linguistic cognitive overload retarding human capacity to access integrated intelligence. There will be opportunities there too. But will we become so lost in high-tech obsession that nobody acknowledges it?

“Any successful company interfacing with customers, shipping products, and training employees must shed the delusion that we live in a high-tech world. The reality is that we live in a technologically divided world. Advancing technology is increasingly defining our world by the gulf between people who have access to it, and people who don’t. This presents an opportunity: to bring access to technology’s benefits to those who can’t currently afford or understand it, finding ways to bridge the growing gap between technology haves and have-nots.”

Mindfulness and Meditation

Science 2.0, “Mindfulness Meditation Helps With Mild Anxiety And Depression, Finds Review”.

Significance: More empirical data which supports the idea that mindfulness and meditation promote wellbeing.

“A Johns Hopkins University of research suggests that about 30 minutes of meditation daily may improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, without medication.”

Gauri Rane, DNAIndia.com, “Lead with spirit”

Main Idea: Emotional and spiritual intelligence help leaders and executives to access their inner power and become better leaders says Marko Saravanja, chairman, Regenesys B-school.

Significance: A good summary of the value of spiritual and emotional intelligence for leaders. Also, Regenesys Business School India is teaching spiritual intelligence. Is there a demand for this kind of intelligence training?

“Managers/ leaders who are more evolved in terms of emotional and spiritual intelligence tend to be more authentic, happy and intuitive. Their locus of control is internal. They are better at building interpersonal relationships, managing teams and fostering trust, which is a prerequisite of any successful business relationship. Successful leaders exhibit qualities of empathy, compassion, and respect, which are all aspects of emotional intelligence.”

Books

David Loye, Darwin in Love (and related books)

Main Idea: Darwin is often misrepresented in the media and mainstream science. He had a far more “moral” and spiritual view of humanity and life than is often understood. This book has been around a year or two, but David Loye has drawing attention to its importance again this year.

Significance: Darwin in Love is suggestive of the way that paradigm blindness tends to place ideas and people in predefined categories and misrepresent them, telling only part of the full story.

“The long ignored, but rediscovered new story of the life and full theory of the Darwin who in The Descent of Man wrote only twice about “survival of the fittest”  but 95 times about the evolutionary drive of love. This is the  first book for Darwin’s New World View Ebook Series exploring the powerful, original, but long lost love and moral action-oriented completion for his theory and the much better future it opens to us.”

Blogs

Dean Radin:, deanradin.blogspot.com, “Electrocortical activity associated with subjective communication with the deceased”.

Main Idea: Summary and link to a recent paper by Arnaud Delorme, Julie Beischel, Leena Michel, Mark Boccuzzi, Dean Radin and Paul J. Mills, which assessed correlations between brain activity and impressions of communication with the dead. Significance: Suggests that the impression of communicating with the deceased may be a mental state distinct from ordinary thinking or imagination.

Marcus Discussing The Coming Consciousness Revolution on Hong Kong Radio

I did a phone radio interview with a Hong Kong radio station today, covering topics like parapsychology, futures studies, and spiritual experience. I also touched on the TED controversy and my new project, The Coming Consciousness Revolution (formerly The Great Mind Shift). This is mainstream radio, and the host invited me back! It was a lot of fun, and Phil Whelan is a great host!

Scroll down to the orange link with my name on it if you want to listen to it.

PS: If you wish to be kept up to date about research and developments regarding The Coming Consciousness Revolution (interviews, videos, the book project, important links to other works etc.) just email me at newsletter@marcustanthony.com, and I will send you updates every month or so.

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All the evidence for psi you’ll ever need!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow! Dean Radin has very kindly put up a page with links to all the best evidence for psi-related human abilities – ESP, telepathy, clairvoyance, intention at a distance and so on. If you have ever wanted to discover more about the evidence, or point a skeptic in the direction of the evidence, you need look no further!

I have cut and pasted all the links here, but do go to Dean Radin’s great blog and web site – and to YouTube for very informative videos like his talk at the Electric Universe conference in 2013– if you want to find out first hand about all this kind of research.

http://www.deanradin.com/evidence/evidence.htm

Marcus

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Healing at a Distance

 

Astin et al (2000). The Efficacy of “Distant Healing”: A Systematic Review of Randomized Trials

 

Benson et al (2006). Study of the therapeutic effects of intercessory prayer (STEP) in cardiac bypass patients

 

Krucoff et al (2001). Integrative noetic therapies as adjuncts to percutaneous intervention during unstable coronary syndromes: Monitoring and Actualization of Noetic Training (MANTRA) feasibility pilot

 

Krucoff et al (2005). Music, imagery, touch, and prayer as adjuncts to interventional cardiac care: the Monitoring and Actualisation of Noetic Trainings (MANTRA) II randomised study

 

Masters & Spielmans (2007). Prayer and Health: Review, Meta-Analysis, and Research Agenda

 

Leibovici (2001). Effects of remote, retroactive intercessory prayer on outcomes in patients with bloodstream infection: randomised controlled trial

 

Radin et al (2004).  Possible effects of healing intention on cell cultures and truly random events.

 

Radin et al (2008). Compassionate intention as a therapeutic intervention by partners of  cancer patients: Effects of distant intention on the patients’ autonomic nervous system.

 

 

Physiological correlations at a distance

 

Achterberg et al (2005). Evidence for Correlations Between Distant Intentionality and Brain Function in Recipients: A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Analysis

 

Moulton & Kosslyn (2008). Using Neuroimaging to Resolve the Psi Debate

 

Schlitz et al (2006). Of two minds: Skeptic-proponent collaboration within parapsychology.

 

Schmidt et al (2004). Distant intentionality and the feeling of being stared at: Two meta-analyses

 

Schmidt (2012). Can We Help Just by Good Intentions? A Meta-Analysis of Experiments on Distant Intention Effects

 

Radin (2004).  Event related EEG correlations between isolated human subjects.

 

Radin (2005). The sense of being stared at: A preliminary meta-analysis.

 

Radin & Schlitz (2005). Gut feelings, intuition, and emotions: An exploratory study.

 

Standish et al (2003). Evidence of correlated functional magnetic resonance imaging signals between distant human brains.

 

Standish et al (2004). Electroencephalographic Evidence of  Correlated Event-Related Signals Between the Brains of Spatially and Sensory Isolated Human Subjects

 

Wackermann et al (2003). Correlations between brain electrical activities of two spatially separated human subjects

 

Wiseman & Schlitz (1997). Experimenter effects and the remote detection of staring.

 

Telepathy & ESP

 

Bem & Honorton (1994). Does psi exist?

 

Hyman (1994). Anomaly or artifact? Comments on Bem and Honorton

 

Bem (1994). Response to Hyman

 

Tressoldi (2011). Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence: the case of non-local perception, a classical and Bayesian review of evidences

 

Tressoldi et al (2011). Mental Connection at Distance: Useful for Solving Difficult Tasks?

 

Sherwood & Roe (2003). A Review of Dream ESP Studies Conducted Since the Maimonides Dream ESP Programme

 

Storm et al (2010).  Meta-Analysis of Free-Response Studies, 1992–2008: Assessing the Noise Reduction Model in Parapsychology

 

Storm et al (2013).  Testing the Storm et al. (2010) Meta-Analysis Using Bayesian and Frequentist Approaches: Reply to Rouder et al. (2013)

 

Williams (2011). Revisiting the Ganzfeld ESP Debate: A Basic Review and Assessment

 

General Overviews & Critiques

 

Alcock (2003). Give the Null Hypothesis a Chance

 

Carter (2010). Heads I lose, tails you win.

 

Delgado & Howard (2005). Finding and Correcting Flawed Research Literatures

 

Parker & Brusewitz (2003). A Compendium of the Evidence for Psi

 

Mediumship & Survival of Consciousness

 

Beischel & Schwartz (2007). Anomalous information reception by research mediums demonstrated using a novel triple-blind protocol

 

Facco & Agrillo (2012).   Near-death experiences between science and prejudice

 

Precognition & Presentiment

 

Bem (2011). Feeling the Future: Experimental Evidence for Anomalous Retroactive Influences on Cognition and Affect

 

Bierman (2011). Anomalous Switching of the Bi-Stable Percept of a Necker Cube: A Preliminary Study

 

Galek et al (2012).  Correcting the Past: Failures to Replicate Psi

 

Honorton & Ferrari (1989). “Future telling”: A meta-analysis of forced-choice precognition experiments, 1935-1987

 

McCraty et al (2004). Electrophysiological Evidence of Intuition: Part 1. The Surprising Role of the Heart

 

McCraty et al (2004). Electrophysiological Evidence of Intuition: Part 2. A System-Wide Process?

 

Mossbridge et al (2012). Predictive physiological anticipation preceding seemingly unpredictable stimuli: a meta-analysis

Radin (2004).  Electrodermal presentiments of future emotions. 

 

Radin & Lobach (2007). Toward understanding the placebo effect: Investigating a possible retrocausal factor.

 

Radin & Borges (2009). Intuition through time: What does the seer see?

 

Radin et al (2011). Electrocortical activity prior to unpredictable stimuli in meditators and non-meditators.

 

Tressoldi et al (2011). Let Your Eyes Predict : Prediction Accuracy of Pupillary Responses to Random Alerting and Neutral Sounds

 

Theory

 

Bierman (2003). Does Consciousness Collapse the Wave-Packet?

 

Bierman (2010).Consciousness induced restoration of time symmetry (CIRTS ): a psychophysical theoretical perspective

 

Henry (2005). The mental universe

 

Hiley & Pylkkanen (2005). Can Mind Affect Matter Via Active Information?

 

Houtkooper (2002). Arguing for an Observational Theory of Paranormal Phenomena

 

Josephson & Pallikari-Viras (1991). Biological Utilisation of Quantum NonLocality

 

Lucadou et al (2007). Synchronistic Phenomena as Entanglement Correlations in Generalized Quantum Theory

 

May et al (1995).Decision augmentation theory: Towards a model of anomalous mental phenomena

 

Tressoldi (2012). Replication unreliability in psychology: elusive phenomena or “elusive” statistical power?

 

Tressoldi et al (2010). Extrasensory perception and quantum models of cognition.

 

Mind-Matter Interaction

 

Bosch et al (2006).  Examining Psychokinesis: The Interaction of Human Intention With Random Number Generators—A Meta-Analysis

 

Radin et al (2006). Reexamining psychokinesis: Commentary on the Bösch, Steinkamp and Boller meta-analysis.

 

Nelson & Bancel (2011). Effects of mass consciousness: Changes in random data during global events.

 

Jahn (1982). The persistent paradox of psychic phenomena: An engineering perspective.

 

Crawford et al (2003). Alterations in Random Event Measures Associated with a Healing Practice

 

Nelson et al (2002). Correlations of continuous random data with major world events.

 

Radin (2006). Experiments testing models of mind-matter interaction.

 

Radin. (2008). Testing nonlocal observation as a source of intuitive knowledge.  

 

Radin et al (2012). Consciousness and the double-slit interference pattern: Six experiments

 

Potential Applications

Carpenter (2011). Laboratory Psi Effects May Be Put to Practical Use: Two Pilot Studies

 

Books

 

Radin (2013). Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities

 

Alexander (2012). Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife

 

Carpenter (2012). First Sight: ESP and Parapsychology in Everyday Life

 

Carter (2012). Science and Psychic Phenomena: The Fall of the House of Skeptics

 

Targ (2012). The Reality of ESP: A Physicist’s Proof of Psychic Abilities

 

Van Lommel (2011). Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience

 

Carter (2010). Science and the Near-Death Experience: How Consciousness Survives Death

 

Kelly et al (2009). Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century

 

Tart (2009). The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal Is Bringing Science and Spirit Together

 

Mayer (2008). Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind

 

Irwin & Watt (2007). An Introduction to Parapsychology

 

Radin (2006). Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality

Radin (1997). The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena

 

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Video: Stuart Hammeroff and quantum consciousness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If there is one thing that really gets hardcore skeptics riled up it is models of consciousness which are founded upon quantum physics. The standard criticism is that there is no concrete evidence that consciousness emerges – or is mediated – at this level. This is a very strange criticism indeed, given that mainstream neuroscience is founded upon the completely unsubstantiated assumption that consciousness emerges at the neuronal level, or at least via modules of neurons. And what exactly is consciousness? If it is nothing other than than the machinations of brain cells, then it should not exist, for clearly the experience of consciousness is not the same thing as the firing of a cell. Given that it is something else, what exactly is that something else? Eliminative materialism says that there is no consciousness. It is an illusion. But then whose illusion is it? How can a non-conscious organism have an illusion? For the very concept of illusion requires consciousness or awareness.

Clearly the issue with quantum consciousness is not that it lacks evidence or theory, as it is no more lacking in that respect than mainstream models. The issue is that it violates tenets of reductive materialism and the mechanistic universe. It typically suggests that consciousness has non-local properties, and correlates well with various eastern and mystical spiritual traditions. Given that the existence of the extended mind is now beyond any reasonable doubt scientifically (nicely summarised by Craig Weiler), and is an experience common to the vast majority of people and cultures throughout history, the fear of the concept is truly irrational.

At the very least, we should encourage scientific exploration of the unknown. Ridiculing frontier science is by definition against the spirit of scientific inquiry. It hurts nobody but the egos of those whose careers and worldviews rest within territory that the new frontier threatens to transcend.

With this in mind, I present to you a nice, short summary of Stuart Hammeroff’s quantum model of consciousness. Hammeroff has worked closely with Roger Penrose on the problem of consciousness. Interestingly, this is a TEDx talk given quite recently – and nobody seems to be suggesting that it be censured, as were the Graham Hancock and Rupert Sheldrake talks.

Marcus

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