[Humanist] 27.312 events: quantum physics & consciousness

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Sep 3 08:14:35 CEST 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 312.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 2 Sep 2013 18:41:59 +0100
        From: federica perazzini <f.perazzini1 at gmail.com>
        Subject: New Humanities Seminar Series: Quantum Physics' contribution to the idea of consciousness, a culturally in-between hypothesis

Quantum Physics’ contribution to the idea of consciousness: a culturally
in-between hypothesis

The seminar will take place on Sept. 18th, room “Ignazio Ambrogio” at
the University of Roma Tre (Via del Valco San Paolo). Works will be opened
at 9.30 a.m. according to the following schedule:

*Emilio Del Giudice*: Quantum Field Theory and the physics of living Matter.
An hypothesis on psychic phenomena* *

*Mauro Bergonzi*: Consciousness and Identity into Indian Philosophy

*Massimo Marraffa*: Consciousness Remnants**

Each talk will last about 30 min. After the break, a 20 minutes clip from
Amit Goswami’s video “The Quantum Activist”
(http://www.quantumactivist.com/) will be shown. Next, a plenary discussion
session will be opened by Michele Lucantoni (researcher for the *New
Humanities group*) and chaired by Domenico Fiormonte. The seminar will close
around 1 p.m. Other participants to the discussion will be Paolo De Santis,
Pier Luigi Luisi, Antonio Olivieri, Viola Padovani and all the members the
*New Humanities*research group.

Thinking about a sort of high road to investigate the phenomenon of
consciousness is an enterprise that constraints those willing to face, with
reliance, the finitude. The tools of classical science show a natural
fragility when approaching a reality that lacks of material precise extents.
In this way, the attempt to find out the object of consciousness transforms
what actually allows such an operation - the experience of being conscious,
which is also the objective of the study – into an organic and disembodied
demonstration of any interest at all. The work of Amit Goswami and his
interpretation of quantum mechanics seem to provide us with a revolutionary
possibility for understanding and adequately theorizing the universe of
human consciousness without renouncing to the methods of science corpus.
Goswami’s speculations will be the starting point for a comparison between
quantum physics, cognitive science and the great traditions of Eastern
thought; these latter always engaged in developing rigorous paths of
practices and reflections about the conscious existence. The protagonists of
this new and unprecedented dialogue will be Emilio Del Giudice, Mauro
Bergonzi and Massimo Marraffa.

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