Consciousness in the universe - A review of the 'Orch OR' theory
Hameroff S, Penrose R (2014) Physics of Life Reviews 11:39-78
Reply to Seven Commentaries on“Consciousness in the Universe: Review of the ‘Orch OR’ theory" Hameroff S, Penrose R (2014) Physics of Life Reviews 11:94–100
Reply to Criticism of the 'Orch OR qubit' - Orchestrated objective reduction is scientifically jusfiied Hameroff S, Penrose R (2014) Physics of Life Reviews 11(1):104-112
The brain’s molecular memory code revealed?
Insect-like CaMKII deposits a 6 bit byte
of synaptic information on a microtubule
Craddock, Tuszynski, Hameroff
PLoS Computational Biology
Exploring Frontiers of the Mind-Brain Relationship
Eds: A Moreira-Almeida and F Santana Santos
The 'Conscious Pilot' rides again!
Newly published, Ebner and Hameroff
Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
New paper on Orch OR by Penrose and Hameroff
Transcranial Ultrasound Research
2011 AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ANESTHESIOLOGISTS
CHICAGO -Oct 15-19
- Are Hydrophobic Grooves in Tubulin the Primary Sites of Anesthesic Action?
Dinner Speaker, 2011
Society for Technology in Anesthesia
Annual Ty Smith Dinner-ASA 2011 Chicago
What is consciousness, and how do we prevent it during anesthesia?
QANSAS 2011, Agra, India
Quantum and Nanocomputing Systems
December 1-4, 2011
'Through the Wormhole' with Morgan Freeman
Season 2 Premier: Discovery Science Channel
Follow me on Twitter
Video will be available
Toward a Science of Consciousness Memory bytes in microtubules
Brain, Mind and Reality, J Integrative Neuroscience
Stockholm, Sweden, May 2-8, 2011
Hot news in quantum biology!
Dialogs with Deepak Chopra
Google Workshop on Quantum Biology:
Clarifying the Tubulin bit/qubit - Defending the Penrose-Hameroff Orch OR Model
Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona
Special Seminar: Update on Microtubules (Video)
Jiri Pokorny and Anirban Bandyopadhyay
Recent developments in the science of consciousness, University of Arizona Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Default mode speaker (substitute for Professor ME Raichle at Tucson conference)
Are life and consciousness connected to the funda-mental level of reality?
9th International Fröhlich Symposium
ELECTRODYNAMIC ACTIVITY OF LIVING CELLS
Including Microtubule Coherent Modes and Cancer Cell Physics
Prague, July 1-3, 2011 (organized by Jiri Pokorny)
Quantum Consciousness in BeloRussian
MAA8: 8th International Symposium on
Memory and Awareness in Anesthesia
June 2-5, 2011 - Milwaukee, WI
Nature of Reality Roundtable, Philoctetes Center, New York, January 29, 2011
Exploring Frontiers of the Mind-Brain Relationship
Sao Paulo, September 24-26
Tucson conference Toward a Science of
April 13-17, 2010
Finding Spirit in the Fabric of Space and Time
Workshop at Science and Nonduality, October 21, 2010
Quantum consciousness - Biology, physics, spirituality
with ZaChoeje Rinpoche
National Minority Quality Forum and Congressional Black Caucus Spring Braintrust
Awards Dinner Speaker, April 20, 2010, Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.
A place for consciousness in nature
Talk at Google: A New Marriage of Brain and Computer
Western science meets Eastern spirituality
Asia Consciousness Festival
Hong Kong June 2009
Orch OR under attack - Critical slam in PNAS - My reply
The Conscious Connection
with Jon Powell,in "Mind That Abides: Panpsychism in the New Millennium" (D. Skrbina, ed.)
Singing Brain on YouTube
Conference photos by David Chalmers
Toward a Science of Consciousness 2006
April 4-8, 2006,
Dream Debate DVD
Orch OR on WikiPedia
Penrose Review in WIRED
Consciousness and a Theory of Everything - Roger Penrose
in Scientific American
on EEG of Meditation
Debate with Christof Koch
in Sci-Con Review
"Quantum approaches to consciousness"
by Harald Atmanspacher in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
"The Good, the Bad and the Octopus"
ASSC 11 Poster
What the bleep?
BleepKongress in Germany
Consciousness defines our existence and reality, but the mechanism by which
the brain generates thoughts and feelings remains unknown.
Most explanations portray the brain as a computer, with nerve cells ("neurons") and their synaptic connections acting as simple switches. However computation alone cannot explain why we have feelings and awareness, an "inner life."
We also don't know if our conscious perceptions accurately portray the external world. At its base, the universe follows the seemingly bizarre and paradoxical laws of quantum mechanics, with particles being in multiple places simultaneously, connected over distance, and with time not existing. But the “classical” world we perceive is definite, with a flow of time. The boundary or edge (quantum state reduction, or ‘collapse of the wave function”) between the quantum and classical worlds somehow involves consciousness.
I spent twenty years studying how computer-like structures called microtubules inside neurons and other cells could process information related to consciousness. But when I read The emperor’s new mind by Sir Roger Penrose in 1991 I realized that consciousness may be a specific process on the edge between the quantum and classical worlds. Roger and I teamed up to develop a theory of consciousness based on quantum computation in microtubules within neurons. Roger’s mechanism for an objective threshold for quantum state reduction connects us to the most basic, “funda-mental” level of the universe at the Planck scale, and is called objective reduction (OR). Our suggestion for biological feedback to microtubule quantum states is orchestration (Orch), hence our model is called orchestrated objective reduction, Orch OR.
In recent years I have considered that such a connection to the basic proto-conscious level of reality where Platonic values are embedded is strikingly similar to Buddhist and other spiritual conceptsconcepts.
This website is intended to convey the ideas and implications behind Orch OR. Click here for a general overview. However for a reader-friendly, entry level approach, try Interviews (or Popular Press under Media). The general categories are:
Personal includes my professional status, a statement about my interest in consciousness, curriculum vitae, contact information and a personal photo gallery.
Publications includes articles related to quantum consciousness/Orch OR in several categories:
Media includes lectures, Powerpoint presentations, computer simulations, popular press articles, images.
Views includes slightly tangential material from me and others.
Quantum Mind Archives includes abstracts from the two Quantum Mind conferences held in 1999 in Flagstaff, Arizona, and in 2003 in Tucson. Also included are archives from the Quantum Mind email discussion group which ran from June, 1998 to October, 2002.
Ultimate Computing is my complete book Ultimate computing: Biomolecular consciousness and nanotechnology , published by Elsevier-North Holland in 1987. Some have called it my “pre-quantum ode to microtubules” (assisted by Conrad Schneiker)
Some other recent talks:
After-dinner speech at NMQF-CBC Braintrust, Washington D.C., April 20, 2010
Dialogue with ZaChoeje Rinpoche
Arizona State Society of Anesthesiology - How anesthesia really works
Learning Curve - What is Consciousness?
Singularity Summit 'Brain/Mind/Computer - How we can get there'
JB Rhine Center 'Can quantum consciousness explain 'Psi'?
Science and Nonduality "Brahman and Atman are alive and well in quantum spacetime geometry'