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CONSCIOUSNESS - A conversation with Deepak Chopra and Stuart Hameroff

Description: Deepak Chopra and Stuart Hameroff take an in-depth dive into the science of consciousness.*

Stuart Hameroff, MD 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. Hameroff 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 is also involved with clinical trials of transcranial ultrasound (TUS) for mood and cognitive dysfunction, and co-organizes the biennial interdisciplinary conference 'Toward a Science of Consciousness.'

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Burgaliere Corinne's curator insight, December 3, 2013 3:43 AM

Deepak choprah , idiscussion sur la conscience

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The Mystery of Consciousness Continues by John R. Searle | The New York Review of Books

The Mystery of Consciousness Continues by John R. Searle | The New York Review of Books | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Searle on Antonio Damascio's "Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain"

"Finally, after more than 250 pages, we get to the problem of qualia—a term often used for qualitative conscious states. Damasio tells us that there are two kinds of qualia: Qualia I and Qualia II. Qualia I is about pain and pleasure, but the problem of Qualia II is why there should be any feelings at all. He thinks Qualia I is not a mystery but that the Qualia II problem is more difficult. About Qualia II we get the following stunning passage:

 

Qualia is part of the contents that come to be known as the self process, the self construction illuminating the mind construction. But somewhat paradoxically, Qualia II is also the grounding for the proto-self and thus sits astride mind and self, in a hybrid transition. The neural design that enables qualia provides the brain with felt perceptions, a sense of pure experience. After a protagonist is added to the process, the experience is claimed by its newly minted owner, the self."

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ruwan's comment, April 3, 2012 4:50 AM
I have a comment about Damasio's idea of "Qualia II": http://izombi.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/qualia-ii-the-hidden-beast/
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Consciousness, Qualia, and Self (V.S. Ramachandran)

Dr. V.S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at UCSD, discusses consciousness, qualia, and self.
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Qualia Manifesto

"Qualia are the subjective sensory qualities like "the redness of red" that accompany our perception. Qualia symbolize the explanatory gap that exists between the subjective qualities of our perception and the physical system that we call the brain. Elucidating the neural basis of qualia is central in understanding the principles of the "integrated parallelism" in cortical information processing. The so-called "binding problem" is a typical aspect of the above mentioned "integrated parallelism". The study of qualia is important not only in understanding the neural basis of our conscious mental experience but also in bridging the gap between the "two cultures" (C.P. Snow). The Qualia Manifesto is a mission statement that puts qualia at the center of scientific and cultural movement in years to come."

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