Saturday, 22 February 2014

Science of consciousness

I feel lucky to find out about Hameroff-Penrose theory of consciousness this week. If I read about it before the New Year I would have been interested and excited but also disappointed due to lack of experimental evidence and too much criticism of it. However, my discovery is now, which is after January 2014 when Hameroff and Penrose announced that their Orch-OR theory of consciousness has never been so close to confirmation as scientists in Japan have discovered that microtubules in neuron cells of the brain experience quantum vibrations. There are quantum effects in the brain after all.

Just before that I also found that UCL scientists discovered neuronal dendrites were also computing information, i.e. were mini-computers within the larger computer orchestrated by neurons. The nature is fractal, so why would the brain be different? This is something that Hameroff was predicting long time ago when he criticised neuroscientists for being so sure that all of the brain's computing power was found in what they could easily detect at the level of neurons and their synaptic signalling.

The implications of the Orch-OR theory, if ultimately proved, are most amazing. Hameroff and Penrose philosophical interpretation is that consciousness has existed all along in proto-states and therefore it both gives rise to the material reality and is expressed through the material reality.

Anirban Bandyopadhyay and his team issued a statement supporting the Orch-OR very strongly, especially as they claim that 'the orchestration of resonant vibrations can occur globally among all neurons across the entire brain' meaning that on microtubule level communication is wireless. This may explain why we can know a lot more about other people in our vicinity than our macroscopic senses would allow.

Here is an older interview with Hameroff, which is really fascinating:

Friday, 10 January 2014

On the nature of reality

There's been fascinating news published last month in the Nature and then all over the internet: Japanese physicists (led by Yoshifumi Hyakutake of Ibaraki University in Japan) have provided first evidence that our Universe could be a mere holographic projection of a two-dimensional space. Their work is not experimental but is a mathematical simulation, which shows that it may really be possible.

I was truly excited by this, because ever since I'd understood that the absence of time might cause a sort of paradox of us all living in a completely scripted out video game, I tried to solve it in my head by using the theory of a holographic universe, in which our will to change our lives and circumstances as we wish and not in accordance with some pre-defined script is exercised by moving through an infinite range of 2D "universes" containing all probabilities of all events (please note these would be probabilities of events on both micro and macroscopic scales - so the number of such universes is mindboggling, i.e. (or hence) infinite). Whether this is a good or poor interpretation I do not know.

The implication of a 2D projected reality, the Wheeler-DeWitt equation that excludes time, and a recent experimental confirmation that for an external observer of the universe time, indeed, does not exist becomes even more amusing when one takes into account the other effect of the theory of relativity - the space dilation,

Friday musings


Sabina Spielrein is the fascinating person I learned of today. She offered the best explanation of sexual drive: 'out of destruction of two individualities it can produce a new being'. It's amusing that Freud seemingly could not understand it first and could not agree, yet later appropriated her ideas and used in his work. He must have had to destruct his own ego to come to understanding of it, and rational thinking arising from the observational method pervading our education and science can be difficult to let go of in order to replace it with creativity. Yet it is even more difficult when it comes to love. To destruct one's ego is an everyday challenge for everybody, to destruct it to the point when a new being comes to life is a challenge that needs a different worldview. This is why they say love is for the bravest.