Sir Roger Penrose and Dr. Stuart Hameroff invite you to publish in a special
edition of the Journal of Cosmology:
Consciousness in the Universe
Sir Roger Penrose, Ph.D., University of Oxford
Stuart Hameroff M.D. University of Arizona
Is consciousness an epiphenomenal happenstance of this particular
universe? Or does the very concept of a universe depend upon its presence? Does
consciousness merely perceive reality, or does reality depend upon it? Did
consciousness simply emerge as an effect of evolution? Or was it, in some
sense, always "out there" in the world?
If we are post-selected back from the future hologram images from our future event horizon then the cosmic computer on the horizon must be conscious. In that sense, as in Teilhard de Chardin's Omega Point consciousness is the substrate of material reality.
Entropy is trace of density matrix x log of the density matrix
The trace of any quantum bit object is invariant under a unitary transformation
That unitarity should work at all even between measurements in a closed system is very peculiar if one thinks about it. Throw ice in boiling water seal off the system and the entropy increases even though it's closed. I really don't see why everyone is so hung up on unitarity to begin with. That is works at all is the miracle. In any case, with creative evolution the emergence of new order is paid for by an increase in total Bekenstein-Hawking area-entropy of our future post-selected de Sitter dark energy horizon hologram, which in our observable universe is shown by Tamara Davis's PhD Figs 1.1 & 5.1
Of course unitarity U = exp(iH/hbar) works for dead matter and gives the linear Schrodinger eq. The question is whether linear unitary quantum theory with signal locality is only a limiting case of a more fundamental nonlinear non-unitary post-quantum theory with signal nonlocality that applies on our future dark energy event horizon that Seth Lloyd at MIT's work suggests to my mind a holographic cosmic conscious computer - P.K. Dick's VALIS, I.J. Good's "GOD(D)", Hawking's "Mind of God."
We are pleased to announce that Sir Roger Penrose of the University of Oxford,
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Rudy Schild, Ph.D.
Center for Astrophysics, Harvard-Smithsonian
Journal of Cosmology
Consciousness Requires Retro-Causal Signal Nonlocality Violation of Quantum Unitarity
(second draft typo-corrected prefex "non" before "locality" deleted in two places)
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Henry Stapp makes the distinction into intrinsically thoughtlike and rocklike objects in theoretical physics. This is in accord with David Chalmers criteria for a theory of qualia that solves the binding problem and the hard problem. I use the Bohm ontology where the quantum potential is thoughtlike and the spinor particles and boson classical field hidden variables are rocklike. The unitarity axiom of quantum theory is that information is conserved. This seems to blatantly violate the Second Law of thermodynamics because entropy and information are two sides of the same coin. The idea of collapse of the quantum state in a measurement is invoked to avoid the conflict. The entropy increase is swept under the rug in the non-unitary collapse. Information is then only conserved between measurements on a closed system. This is not good enough because living matter is an open system continually being measured as well as pumped with energy flux. Our accelerating expanding observable universe sandwiched between past and future horizons, is also not closed for the matter fields that are pumped by the geometrodynamical fields. Linear unitarity is used to prove the no-cloning a quantum theorem that precludes the use of entanglement as a stand alone communication channel not requiring a classical signal key to unlock the delocalized entangled message. Abner Shimony has called this “passion at a distance” and others call it “signal locality”. Quantum cryptography is built upon the quicksand of signal locality. Even Yakir Aharonov’s post-selected back-from-the-future flow of time assumes signal locality as does John Cramer’s “transaction” based on Wheeler-Feynman’s classical retrocausality-without-retrocausality “future total absorber.” The fly in the ointment are the presponse experiments of Ben Libet independently replicated by Dean Radin, Dick Bierman, Daryl Bem and by the controversial Puthoff and Targ in their CIA precognitive remote viewing tests of the Chinese nuclear weapons program. Indeed, there is more data here than there is for string theory. Josephson and Pallikari and independently myself have suggested theoretical explanations for signal nonlocality at the Tucson conferences in the mid-90’s as has Antony Valentini more recently since 2002. Progress in these ideas are the topic of this paper.
On Nov 22, 2010, at 12:48 PM, JACK SARFATTI wrote:
As I said, the paper to my mind seems totally off the wall - the night thoughts of a mad mathematician.
It totally eludes me what his point is? Paper seems to be obscure metaphors + probably correct math.
To my way of thinking the emergence of consciousness (qualia) requires only two physics ideas
1) Wheeler-Feynman ---> Aharonov post-selection e.g. end of November 2010 Physics Today article
2) Signal nonlocality (starting with my Tucson II 1996 Bohm back-reaction talk & abstract & Josephson's paper with Pallikari - more recently Valentini's papers)
3) The experiments of Libet, Radin, Bierman on presponse.
4) The Bekenstein-Hawking thermodynamics of horizons plus discovery of dark energy's future event horizon + Seth Lloyd's computer as horizon does suggest the hologram conjecture that we are retro-causal computed images back from the future post-selected computer. Signal nonlocality gets over the Penrose non-computability objection in my opinion.
I think we need the non-unitary post-quantum bit. That information is conserved seems to my mind the stupidest idea to ever enter physics. Down with unitarity!
On Nov 22, 2010, at 8:02 AM, Jonathan Post wrote:
Your point is well taken, Jack, that mere Philosophy without the right
equations does not add to our Physicists' paradigm. I'd posted the
abstract and arXiv link on Facebook, where I've had two discussions
going on whether or not the Brain is analog or digital, and whether
Reality is analog or digital. I've contended that either claim, in
either case, is a Philosophical Category Error. What are your thoughts
on that, and is there a connection to the paper in question, AND with
the Einstein field equations?
On Facebook, the responses to the arXiv paper include:
“These are the forms of time, which imitates eternity and revolves
according to a law of number.”
Plato, “Timaeus”, Benjamin Jowett (trans.), in Edith Hamilton and
Huntington Cairns (ed.), ''The Collected Dialogues of Plato, Including
the Letters'', Bollingen Series LXXI, Pantheon, New York, NY, 1961.
Jonny Cache ? See “Verities Of Likely Stories” —
Ay?e Mermutlu What about Berkeley and Hume?..
On Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 9:28 PM, JACK SARFATTI wrote:
I really don't get it.
If this paper is a physics paper, then the author should show the emergence of Einstein's field equations, quantum field theory etc from some more fundamental mathematical structure. I don't see anything like that, but I did not spend a lot of time on it. What am I missing? I don't see the point of this paper.
On Nov 21, 2010, at 9:09 PM, Jonathan Post wrote:
Supports my claim that reality and the brain are neither analog nor digital:
More than discrete or continuous: a bird's view
Authors: Marius Buliga
(Submitted on 19 Nov 2010)
Abstract: I try to give mathematical evidence to the following
equivalence, which is based on ideas from Plato (Timaeus): reality
emerges from a more primitive, non-geometrical, reality in the same
way as the brain construct (understands, simulates, transforms,
encodes or decodes) the image of reality, starting from intensive
properties (like a bunch of spiking signals sent by receptors in the
retina), without any use of extensive (i.e. spatial or geometric)
Subjects: Metric Geometry (math.MG); Neurons and Cognition (q-bio.NC)
Cite as: arXiv:1011.4485v1 [math.MG]
From: Marius Buliga [view email]
[v1] Fri, 19 Nov 2010 17:54:41 GMT (13kb)
On Nov 22, 2010, at 1:50 PM, JACK SARFATTI wrote:
Let me clarify, unitarity works for dead matter in the domain of validity of quantum theory where S-Matrix theory can be applied.
I am questioning its application to living forms of matter (the sub-quantal non-equilibrium region of the "hidden variables" where approach to equilibrium is prevented by an external pump like in a laser or the metabolism of a biological entity). Whether we can treat pixelated horizon hologram computers completely in terms of S-Matrix theory is still an open issue in my opinion - I could be wrong. I mean more precisely that we may need to include vacuum condensate terms explicitly into the S-Matrix formalism analogous to the way Gorkov did for superconductors - and also not assume thermal equilibrium.
Basically in terms of second quantization for the gravity degrees of freedom
tetrad = c-number condensate term + second quantized operator term
On Nov 22, 2010, at 1:34 PM, Jonathan Post wrote:
Jack, I like your 4 points addressing the Hard Problem of Qualia with
Wheeler-Feynman as modified by Aharonov; signal nonlocality via
Sarfatti-Bohm-Josephson-Pallikariri; Libet el al (which won me a
fiction award when I contextualized it in narrative about the Space
program's need to do teleoperation at distances where speed-of-light
lag might be compensated for by signal extraction of intent for
muscular action in the brain in the 200 milliseconds before one can be
consciously aware of those intentions); and Bekestein-Hawking-Lloyd.
Here is a summary of some thoughts of mine on Computational
Metaphysics relating to "Theory of Everything" -- which is a Term of
Art, a phrase with a special meaning to those "in the club" -- but
that I have metaphysically questioned whether there can even BE such a
theory. In my scholarly publications and in the blogosphere I have
raised metaphysical questions about any putative Theory of Everything
Let me compress some of these into a few telegraphic sentences.
(1) If a ToE is a PHYSICAL THEORY then it falls within the set of
ALL POSSIBLE PHYSICAL THEORIES.
(2) This set is itself a proper subset of what Astronomer/Philosopher
Fritz Zwicky called the IDEOCOSM: the space of all possible ideas.
(3) Specifically, if we restrict ourselves to THE SPACE OF ALL
POSSIBLE MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS THEORIES, then we are faced with a
question that I keep asking:
(4) Is there a hyperplane or hypersurface that separates the SPACE OF
ALL POSSIBLE PHYSICAL THEORIES from the SPACE OF ALL MATHEMATICAL
THEORIES MANY OF WHICH ARE "UNPHYSICAL"?
(5) Suppose we try to avoid paradoxes that stem from such spaces of
theories being infinite, and further restrict ourselves to THE SPACE
OF ALL FINITELY GENERATED MATHEMATICAL PHYSICAL THEORIES.
(6) this includes, therefore, all MATHEMATICAL PHYSICAL THEORIES
represented in some LANGUAGE which has a finite number of symbols from
a finite alphabet, and thus a finite number of syntactic terms, is
based upon a finite set of axioms, and derives from those by a finite
set of rules of inference.
(7) We need to be extremely careful about whether we have
recursively-defined axioms, recursively-defined rules of inference,
and the like.
(8) we try to make no a priori assumptions about structure, finiteness
and the like, of EXPERIMENTALLY true observations in the PHENOMENOLOGY
of this SPACE OF ALL FINITELY GENERATED MATHEMATICAL PHYSICAL
THEORIES. INDEED, WE EXPECT THIS PHENOMENOLOGY TO HAVE INFINITE
POSSIBLE EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS.
(9) NOW WE ARE LEFT WITH VERY SUBTLE META-QUESTIONS ABOUT
*completeness* AND *consistency.*
(10) GIVEN GODEL'S RESULTS, WE SUSPECT THAT A CONSISTENCY PROOF OF THE
SPACE OF ALL FINITELY-GENERATED MATHEMATICAL PHYSICAL THEORIES IS NOT
POSSIBLE FROM WITHIN THAT SPACE.
(11) BUT WHERE DO WE LIVE? WE HUMANS WITH OUR SCIENCE, OUR EQUIPMENT,
OUR LOGIC -- ARE WE MADE OF MATTER AND ENERGY AND INFORMATION THAT CAN
BE DESCRIBED BY A PUTATIVE THEORY OF EVERYTHING? GODEL'S METHODS ARE
CONSTRUCTIVE, NOT NEEDING TRANSFINITE INDUCTION AND OTHER SUCH
(12) IF NO SINGLE SUFFICIENTLY POWERFUL THEORY OF MATHEMATICS EXISTS
(PER GODEL) THEN IT SEEMS THAT NO SUFFICIENTLY POWERFUL SINGLE THEORY
OF MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS EXISTS.
(13) THIS IS LIKELY EVEN IF DIFFERENT UNIVERSES IN THE METAVERSE EACH
HAVE THEIR OWN THEORY OF EVERYTHING, OR EVEN IF OUR UNIVERSE, THOUGH
FINITELY-GENERATED, HAS AN INFINITE NUMBER OF "LAWS" THAT OPERATE AT
DIFFERENT ENERGY LEVELS OR COMBINATORICS OF INITIAL CONDITIONS AND
(14) In this metatheoretical sense, I question that there is any
"Ultimate Reality" -- and am thus unable to answer Einstein's question
(I paraphrase) "Did God have a choice when he created the physical
laws of the universe?"
(15) I discussed this a number of times with my mentor, Richard
Feynman. Each day he seemed to have a different take on this.
Does anyone here have any constructive comments? Is this worth
expanding into a draft paper for the Penrose-Hammeroff issue? Is there
a clear way to combine this with Jack's lovely 4 points on the
preconditions for Qualia?
Thank you in advance.