Consciousness, thought, and the mind are often referred to as “hard problems” in science, but does that mean they are beyond analysis? In this conversation on The Chopra Well, doctors Deepak Chopra and Stuart Hameroff discuss the science of consciousness and the directions the study of consciousness may go in the near future.
As you probably know, Deepak is a physician, author, and explorer of consciousness. Finding ground between science and spirituality, medicine and consciousness, is one of the top priorities of his work.
Stuart Hameroff is similarly inclined. He is a physician, Professor of Anesthesiology and Psychology, and Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson. In medical school, Hameroff became interested in intelligent behavior of microtubules, protein lattices within brain neurons and other living cells. He developed theories of microtubules as self-organizing molecular computers, and teamed with Sir Roger Penrose on the controversial Penrose-Hameroff “Orch OR” model of consciousness.
Based on quantum computing in brain microtubules, Orch OR connects brain activities to the most basic level of the universe — fundamental spacetime geometry at the Planck scale. At that level, Penrose has proposed Platonic information guiding or influencing conscious choices and perceptions. Orch OR could be seen as providing a plausibility argument for non-locality and spirituality. Hameroff also co-organizes the biennial interdisciplinary conference ‘Toward a Science of Consciousness.’
With such experienced, dedicated doctors and scientists working on the “hard problem” of consciousness, we are bound to discover more and more in the years to come!
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