Mind Body Quantum Mechanics- a lecture by Stuart Kauffman

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MLT1 Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Building 303

University of Auckland

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Mind Body Quantum Mechanics

Stuart Kauffman is widely recognised as the most prominent expounder of Complexity Theory, especially for his promotion of self-organization as a factor that is at least as important as Darwinian natural selection in producing the complexity of biological systems and organisms.

He will give a public lecture at the University of Auckland entitled Mind Body Quantum Mechanics

Neurobiologists believe the mind brain system is and must be classical physics. For many, at some complexity, consciousness arises. This could be correct but faces what I will call the Stalemate: Such a mind can at most witness the world but, due to the causal closure of classical physics, cannot act upon that world. Such a consciousness must be merely epiphenomenal. Quantum biology is exploding, showing that quantum effects can and do arise at body temperature. Quantum mechanics allows a partially quantum mind to have ACAUSAL consequences for the “meat” of the brain. I shall discuss these issues and the newly discovered Poised Realm, hovering reversibly between quantum and “classical” behaviors, as a new basis both for the mind body system and a new class of constructable and evolvable “computers” which are not algorithmic, Trans Turing Systems.

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MLT1 Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Building 303

University of Auckland

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Auckland, Auckland 1010

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