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John Malcolm, PhD Candidate
Consciousness remains close to an absolute mystery in science, philosophy, and religion. Can subjective experience ever be explained as a physical process? Many regard quantum mechanics (QM) as a necessary component to understanding consciousness. For one, processes in the brain are carried out on small scales where QM may be important. But a more compelling feature of QM is that it is non-deterministic, only able to provide probabilities for the result of observations. To many, this aspect must then be a key component in consciousness giving rise to free will. In this talk, I will go over a preliminary physical model for consciousness that involves using gravity as a precursor to QM wavefunction collapse, put forward by Roger Penrose.
The talk is from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Snacks will be provided at 12:00 pm. Make sure to follow the Graduate Seminar Series on Facebook.