The Consciousness Chronicles is a series of in-depth conversations with the world’s leading thinkers and researchers in the field of consciousness.
Is Your Brain Really a Computer? Or is it a Quantum Orchestra?
Tucson, Arizona, October 12, 2015 – Since the early 1990’s Stuart Hameroff, MD., anesthesiologist, Emeritus Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychology, and the Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies, together with the famed physicist Sir Roger Penrose have combined two intriguing ideas that have far reaching consequences in decoding and deciphering our understanding of the brain and consciousness. These ideas are centered on Quantum Mechanics and Neurophysiology establishing a ‘quantum theory of consciousness called “Orch OR” (orchestrated objective reduction) that links microtubule quantum processes to fluctuations in the structure of the universe.’ Recent studies suggests that consciousness may indeed be a Quantum Mechanical phenomenon. Dr. Hameroff will be presenting his fascinating research, which appeared in the Huffington Post, ‘Is Your Brain Really a Computer? Or is it a Quantum Orchestra?’…
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I’ve always been fascinated by fractal geometry and self-similarity.
An ANU mathematician has developed a new way to uncover simple patterns that might underlie apparently complex systems, such as clouds, cracks in materials or the movement of the stockmarket.
“Fractal Geometry is a new branch of mathematics that describes the world as it is, rather than acting as though it’s made of straight lines and spheres. There are very few straight lines and circles in nature. The shapes you find in nature are rough.” said Michael Barnsley, Professor of Mathematics at ANU.
“Fractal Fourier analysis provides a method to break complicated signals up into a set of well understood building blocks, in a similar way to how conventional Fourier analysis breaks signals up into a set of smooth sine waves,” said Professor Michael Barnsley, who who presented his…
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