Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Future of Consciousness: Stuart Hameroff at TEDx Tucson

How interesting that the TED folks allowed Hameroff to give his talk but took down Sheldrake and Hancock, and then canceled the whole TEDx West Hollywood program. Hameroff is just as speculative as the others, and was featured in a film (the inane What the Bleep Do We Know!?) about Ramtha, "a Lemurian warrior who fought the Atlanteans over 35,000 years ago," and is channeled by JZ Knight in her 12,800-square-foot French chateau-style home in Yelm, Washington.

Yeah, no woo here.

The attacks on Sheldrake and Hancock are political - they challenged the existing system in ways it cannot defend against short of silencing them. But Hameroff is within the system, claiming to use quantum physics to support his claims.

The Future of Consciousness: Stuart Hameroff at TEDx Tucson

Stuart Hameroff is an anesthesiologist and professor at the University of Arizona known for his studies of consciousness. For nearly forty years, Dr. Hameroff's research is centered on how the pinkish gray meat between our ars produces the richness of experiential awareness. A clinical anesthesiologist, Hameroff has studied how anesthetic gas molecules selectively erase consciousness via delicate quantum effects on protein dynamics. Following a longstanding interest in the computational capacity of microtubules inside neurons, Hameroff teamed with the eminent British physicist Sir Roger Penrose to develop a controversial quantum theory of consciousness called orchestrated objective reduction (Orch OR) which connects brain processes to fundamental spacetime geometry. Recently Hameroff has explored the theoretical implications of Orch OR for consciousness to exist independent of the body, distributed in deeper, lower, faster scales in non-local, holographic spacetime, raising possible scientific approaches to the soul and spirituality.

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