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Keynote Lecuture 9

08:30 - 09:15 on 21st Sep 2016

Room M: Effectenbeurszaal

​Stuart Alan Kauffman

MIND BODY Quantum Mechanics​

Speaker : Professor ​Stuart Alan Kauffman

Founding Director, Institute for Biocomplexity & Informatics, University of Calgary, Canada​
Chair : Professor Stephan Thurner
Abstract :
​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, thus solving the Stalemate and answering the problem posed by Descartes’ Res cogitans and Res extensa: i.e. the Stalemate. Our human capacity to choose, in turn, demands that the present could have been different, thus the truth of counterfactual claims. If quantum measurement is indeterministic and real, quantum mechanics and measurement allow the present to be different. 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