May 3-7, 2011 Stockholm, Sweden. The eighteenth annual international, interdisciplinary conference on the fundamental question of how the brain produces conscious experience.
Keynote Speaker, Sir Roger Penrose, and featured speakers Luc Montagnier and Deepak Chopra and their staff. In the comment panel Leonard Mlodinow and Stuart Hamerhoff etc.
A profound puzzle of quantum mechanics is that the discontinuous and probabilistic procedure adopted for measurement is in blatant contradiction with the continuous and deterministic unitary evolution of the Schrödinger equation. An inanimate measuring device, being made from quantum particles, ought to follow the unitary laws, so many physicists take the view that consciousness is ultimately needed for measurement. I here express the almost opposite view that the unitary law must be violated for massive enough systems, and that it is consciousness itself that depends upon this violation, requiring new physics and exotic biological structures for its manifestation. The issue of what kind of universe history could provide laws fine-tuned enough for consciousness to arise will also be raised.
Johnjoe McFadden, Surrey – The Cemi Field Theory: Gestalt Information and the Meaning of Meaning
Tarja Kallio-Tamminen, Helsinki – Quantum Physics and Eastern Philosophy
Paavo Pylkkanen, Helsinki – Bohmian View of Consciousness and Reality
Luc Montagnier, Nobel Laureate, Paris – DNA, Waves and Water
Giuseppe Vitiello, Salerno – DNA: On the Wave of Coherence
Jack Tuszynski, University of Alberta – Information Processing Within Dendritic Cytoskeleton
Anirban Bandyopadhyay, Direct Experimental Evidence for the Quantum States in
Microtubules and Topological Invariance
Germund Hesslow, Lund – The Inner World As Simulated Interaction With The Environment
Stuart Hameroff, UMC Arizona – Meyer-Overton Meets Quantum Physics
There was also the End-of-Life Brain Activity
Lakhmir S. Chawla, GWU – Surges of Electroencephalogram Activity at the Time of Death.
Peter Fenwick, London – Death and the Loosening of Consciousness, whom I'll quote here.
There is a growing awareness of the importance of end of life experiences. These comprise transcendental and spiritual features which support the dying through the last days of life, and paranormal phenomena around the time of death which are comforting for the bereaved. Our data base consists of retrospective and prospective studies of a population of carers in hospices and a nursing home in the UK, and a retrospective study of carers in Holland. Added to this are over 1500 accounts from a largely English sample of the general public in response to media discussions. The dying process as described by these people will be discussed. The dying process may start one to two years before death with a premonition about one’s own death. In the weeks before death there may be ‘visits’ by apparitions of dead relatives who indicate that they will soon return to accompany the dying person on their journey through death. As the process continues, some indication may be given by these visitors of the likely time they will return. Next, some people report that they transit between this reality and another reality consisting of love, light and compassion. At the time of death, light surrounding the body and shapes leaving the body are reported. Deathbed coincidences occur, when some kind of contact is made between the dying person and someone at a distance to whom they are emotionally close. This ‘connectedness’ seems to extend both to animals, which become distressed, and even to mechanisms such as clocks which are often reported to stop at the time of death. One hypothesis is that the process of death seems to be related to the stages of loosening of consciousness.
274 Death and the Loosening of Consciousness Peter Fenwick
Free Will/Libet, Synesthesia, was also discussed.
Berit Brogaard/ Jason Padgett, The superhuman mind: From synesthesia to savant syndrome/
Heather A. Berlin, Implicit self-esteem in borderline personality and depersonalization disorder
Matti Bergstrom, The statistical dispersion of particles in quantum physics is an error
There was also discusses healing, embodiement, telepathy and Eastern view.
Language and memory too.