Consciousness Cafe Upcoming Event
The Royal Seven Stars, The Plains, Totnes

Thursday 27th February, 2020

Arrival time: 7:30 for 8:00 to 10:00 




Prof Bernard Carr on "Making Space and Time for Mind in Physics"

While physics has been remarkably successful in describing the material world, from the smallest scales of particle physics to the largest scales of cosmology, it currently makes no reference consciousness.  Indeed, most physicists adopt a materialist, reductionist view in which consciousness is just a passive by-product of the brain. However, many arguments suggest that mind is a fundamental rather than incidental feature of the Universe, so it is natural to try to extend physics to accommodate it. This will require a different physical paradigm from the one which currently prevails – especially if certain alleged psychic phenomena are genuine – but such a paradigm shift is inevitable anyway. A particular model will be presented, based on the notion that many mental phenomena - both normal and paranormal - involve some form of space which is different from physical space. This suggests a higher-dimensional “reality structure” which is reminiscent of ideas already invoked by modern physics.

Bernard Carr is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London. His professional area of research is cosmology and relativistic astrophysics and includes such topics as the early universe, black holes, dark matter and the anthropic principle. His recent books are "Universe or Multiverse?" (2007) and "Quantum Black Holes" (2014). He believes that physics must expand to accommodate consciousness and mental phenomena. He also has a long-standing interest in psychical research, serving as the President of the Society for Psychical Research in 2000-2004.






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