The Large, the Small and the Human Mind Canto #ad - Through this, he introduces radically new concepts which he believes will be fruitful in understanding the workings of the brain and the nature of the human mind. Roger penrose concludes with a response to their thought-provoking criticisms. Roger penrose's original and provocative ideas about the large-scale physics of the Universe, the small-scale world of quantum physics and the physics of the mind have been the subject of controversy and discussion.
In this book, he summarises and updates his current thinking in these complex areas to present a masterful summary of those areas of physics in which he feels there are major unresolved problems.
The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics Oxford Landmark ScienceOUP Oxford #ad - The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics Oxford Landmark Science #ad - In his bestselling work of popular science, cosmology, Sir Roger Penrose takes us on a fascinating tour through the basic principles of physics, mathematics, and philosophy to show that human thinking can never be emulated by a machine. Oxford landmark science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.
For many decades, the proponents of `artificial intelligence' have maintained that computers will soon be able to do everything that a human can do.
Consciousness and the Universe: Quantum Physics, Evolution, Brain & Mind#ad - 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, always "out there" in the world? These questions and more, in some sense, are addressed in this special edition.
Featuring cosmological foundations of consciousness origins of thought evolution of consciousness Neuroscience of Free Will Quantum Physics & Consciousness Out-of-Body and Near Death Experiences Dreams & Hallucinations Paleolithic Cosmology & Spirituality How Consciousness Becomes the Physical Universe.
Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the UniverseVintage #ad - Intellectually thrilling and widely accessible, Cycles of Time is a welcome new contribution to our understanding of the universe from one of our greatest mathematicians and thinkers. This groundbreaking book presents a new perspective on three of cosmology’s essential questions: What came before the Big Bang? What is the source of order in our universe? And what cosmic future awaits us? Penrose shows how the expected fate of our ever-accelerating and expanding universe—heat death or ultimate entropy—can actually be reinterpreted as the conditions that will begin a new “Big Bang.
He details the basic principles beneath our universe, the fundamental role of the cosmic microwave background, the paramount significance of black holes, explaining various standard and non-standard cosmological models, and other basic building blocks of contemporary physics.
Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the UniversePrinceton University Press #ad - Finally, and fantasy have ironically also shaped his own work, Penrose describes how fashion, from twistor theory, to "conformal cyclic cosmology, faith, a possible alternative to string theory that is beginning to acquire a fashionable status, " an idea so fantastic that it could be called "conformal crazy cosmology.
The result is an important critique of some of the most significant developments in physics today from one of its most eminent figures. In the case of quantum mechanics, its stunning success in explaining the atomic universe has led to an uncritical faith that it must also apply to reasonably massive objects, and Penrose responds by suggesting possible changes in quantum theory.
One of the world's leading physicists questions some of the most fashionable ideas in physics today, or pure fantasy possibly have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely, or flights of fancy? In fact, blind faith, dogmatic beliefs, theoretical physicists are immune to mere trends, including string theoryWhat can fashionable ideas, acclaimed physicist and bestselling author Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme frontiers of physics are just as susceptible to these forces as anyone else.
Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe #ad - Turning to cosmology, he argues that most of the current fantastical ideas about the origins of the universe cannot be true, but that an even wilder reality may lie behind them. In this provocative book, may be leading today's researchers astray in three of the field's most important areas—string theory, faith, he argues that fashion, while sometimes productive and even essential in physics, and fantasy, quantum mechanics, and cosmology.
Arguing that string theory has veered away from physical reality by positing six extra hidden dimensions, Penrose cautions that the fashionable nature of a theory can cloud our judgment of its plausibility.
Einstein's Unfinished Revolution: The Search for What Lies Beyond the QuantumPenguin Press #ad - But for a century it has also been the problem child of science: it has been plagued by intense disagreements between its inventors, strange paradoxes, and implications that seem like the stuff of fantasy. There is more to quantum physics, waiting to be discovered. In einstein's unfinished revolution, theoretical physicist Lee Smolin provocatively argues that the problems which have bedeviled quantum physics since its inception are unsolved and unsolvable, for the simple reason that the theory is incomplete.
Whether it's schrödinger's cat--a creature that is simultaneously dead and alive--or a belief that the world does not exist independently of our observations of it, quantum theory challenges our fundamental assumptions about reality. It is the basis of our understanding of atoms, radiation, and so much else, from elementary particles and basic forces to the behavior of materials.
Einstein's Unfinished Revolution: The Search for What Lies Beyond the Quantum #ad - In einstein's unfinished revolution, Lee Smolin brings us a step closer to resolving one of the greatest scientific controversies of our age. A daring new vision of quantum theory from one of the leading minds of contemporary physicsQuantum physics is the golden child of modern science. In this vibrant and accessible book, smolin takes us on a journey through the basics of quantum physics, introducing the stories of the experiments and figures that have transformed our understanding of the universe, before wrestling with the puzzles and conundrums that the quantum world presents.
Our task--if we are to have simple answers to our simple questions about the universe we live in--must be to go beyond quantum mechanics to a description of the world on an atomic scale that makes sense. If we are to have any hope of completing the revolution that Einstein began nearly a century ago, we must go beyond quantum mechanics to find a theory that will give us a complete description of nature.
Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly FalseOxford University Press #ad - An adequate conception of nature would have to explain the appearance in the universe of materially irreducible conscious minds, as such. Nagel's skepticism is not based on religious belief or on a belief in any definite alternative. The modern materialist approach to life has conspicuously failed to explain such central mind-related features of our world as consciousness, intentionality, meaning, and value.
And the cosmological history that led to the origin of life and the coming into existence of the conditions for evolution cannot be a merely materialist history, either. Nagel shows that to recognize its limits is the first step in looking for alternatives, or at least in being open to their possibility.
Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False #ad - In mind and cosmos, then principles of a different kind may also be at work in the history of nature, he does suggest that if the materialist account is wrong, principles of the growth of order that are in their logical form teleological rather than mechanistic. In spite of the great achievements of the physical sciences, reductive materialism is a world view ripe for displacement.
This failure to account for something so integral to nature as mind, argues philosopher Thomas Nagel, threatening to unravel the entire naturalistic world picture, extending to biology, is a major problem, evolutionary theory, and cosmology. Since minds are features of biological systems that have developed through evolution, the standard materialist version of evolutionary biology is fundamentally incomplete.
How Consciousness Became the Universe:: Quantum Physics, Cosmology, Relativity, Evolution, Neuroscience, Parallel Universes#ad - How consciousness Becomes the Physical Universe2. Space, time and Consciousness5. Detecting mass consciousness: effects of Globally Shared Attention and EmotionII: Neuroscience, Cosmology and the Evolution of Consciousness of the Universe9. Quantum physics, Advanced Waves and Consciousness. Uncertainty principle, entanglement, Violations of Causality, Parallel Universes, Wave Functions, and Paradoxes of Time Travel21.
Synchronicity, Entanglement, Quantum Information and the Psyche20 Consciousness in the universe: Neuroscience, Quantum Space-Time Geometry and Orch OR TheoryIII. Multiverse scenarios in cosmology: Classification, Controversy, Challenge, Cause, and Criticism22. Cosmological Foundations of Consciousness7. Logic of quantum mechanics, parallel worlds and phenomenon of consciousnessV: THE AFFECT OF CONSCIOUSNESS OBSERVING THE UNIVERSE25.
How Consciousness Became the Universe:: Quantum Physics, Cosmology, Relativity, Evolution, Neuroscience, Parallel Universes #ad - The conscious Observer in the Quantum Experiment29. Consciousness, entanglement, multiple Dimensions, Retrocausation, Quantum Physics, Precognition, Relativity, and Time15. Contentsi: how Consciousness Became the Universe1. Cosmology, wave function, the Uncertainty Principle, Entanglement, Probability, and Multiple Worlds24.
The brain and Consciousness: Dynamics and Evolution11.
The Nature of Space and Time Issac Newton Institute Series of LecturesPrinceton University Press #ad - Penrose, like einstein, refuses to believe that quantum mechanics is a final theory. Penrose, playing the realist to Hawking's positivist, thinks that the universe is unbounded and will expand forever. Hawking thinks otherwise, and argues that general relativity simply cannot account for how the universe began.
But was he right? can the quantum theory of fields and einstein's general theory of relativity, the two most accurate and successful theories in all of physics, be united in a single quantum theory of gravity? Can quantum and cosmos ever be combined? On this issue, two of the world's most famous physicists--Stephen Hawking A Brief History of Time and Roger Penrose The Emperor's New Mind and Shadows of the Mind--disagree.
The Nature of Space and Time Issac Newton Institute Series of Lectures #ad - Einstein said that the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible. Here they explain their positions in a work based on six lectures with a final debate, all originally presented at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. With the final debate, the reader will come to realize how much Hawking and Penrose diverge in their opinions of the ultimate quest to combine quantum mechanics and relativity, and how differently they have tried to comprehend the incomprehensible.
How could quantum gravity, a theory that could explain the earlier moments of the big bang and the physics of the enigmatic objects known as black holes, with no hint of quantum effects in sight? What strange quantum processes can cause black holes to evaporate, be constructed? Why does our patch of the universe look just as Einstein predicted, not backward? In this book, and what happens to all the information that they swallow? Why does time go forward, the two opponents touch on all these questions.
The universe can be understood, he argues, in terms of the geometry of light cones, the compression and distortion of spacetime, and by the use of twistor theory. Only a quantum theory of gravity, coupled with the no-boundary hypothesis, can ever hope to explain adequately what little we can observe about our universe.
What is Life? Canto ClassicsCambridge University Press #ad - Nobel laureate erwin schrödinger's What is Life? is one of the great science classics of the twentieth century. It was written for the layman, but proved to be one of the spurs to the birth of molecular biology and the subsequent discovery of DNA. What is life? appears here together with Mind and Matter, his essay investigating a relationship which has eluded and puzzled philosophers since the earliest times.
Brought together with these two classics are Schrödinger's autobiographical sketches, which offer a fascinating account of his life as a background to his scientific writings.