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a_human_being
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Interesting documentary/paper on consciousness

Postby a_human_being » Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:40 am

I watched a documentary on tv about consciousness where a guy suggests that "microtubules" , long small tubes found in neurons, could be connected to consciousness. I found a paper on it and also found the documentary I saw on vimeo. I found it very interesting although I wish I would understand more of the paper than I do :-/.

http://www.quantumconsciousness.org/pen ... vents.html and http://vimeo.com/12376913

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Re: Interesting documentary/paper on consciousness

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Re: Interesting documentary/paper on consciousness

Postby viniketa » Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:33 pm

This may be more than you want to know... but it is very interesting stuff! :smile:

Both Stuart Hameroff and Roger Penrose have been looking at quantum consciousness for awhile. The idea of 'momentary' consciousness (bhavanga) arises in the Pali Abhidharma and has been discussed at length by Nina van Gorkom: http://www.midamericadharma.org/gangess ... vanga.html

The 'Chinese Buddishm' to which Hameroff refers is acttually Indian Yogācāra, as carried forth in Chinese traditions. There is a recent article by Jeson Woo that addresses this, if you have access to Springer:
"Gradual and Sudden Enlightenment: The Attainment of Yogipratyakṣa in the Later Indian Yogācāra School." Journal of Indian Philosophy Volume 37, Number 2 (2009), 179-188, DOI: 10.1007/s10781-008-9061-9: http://www.springerlink.com/content/361 ... m9/?MUD=MP

To the extent that I understand quantum consciousness, the link to Buddhism comes in the 'tubulins' Hameroff discusses and the possibility of 'quantum entanglement' which would link consciousness with the universe in ways consistent with Buddhist thought. Wikipedia has a good article on quantum entanglement. Also, here are two 'news' articles on recent activities:

"Entanglement study makes a quantum leap" http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la- ... 2675.story

"Teen solves quantum entanglement problem" http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/20 ... dyckovsky/

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