Monday, March 3, 2008


Some physicists think that Big Science has kidnapped physics and left the mind and consciousness behind.

1..........What is the mind? And how can physicists, of all people, be the ones to explain consciousness and the mind?

2..........PHYSICS AND THE MIND. The mind and consciousness have been part of physics since the earliest days of quantum physics. Roger Penrose's 1989 The Emperor's New Mind placed the mind and consciousness at the intersection of relativity and quantum physics, and proposed that the mind and consciousness are at the heart of physics' theory of everything.

3..........NEW PHYSICS. Physicists have continued to develop theories that intimately relate to the mind. The best of these theories of physics and the mind also incorporate phenomena of new physics-extra dimensions, entanglement, entropy and information, black holes, tunneling, Bose-Einstein condensates, chaos and complexity, dark matter and dark energy.
4....Count down the Top Ten Hidden Radical Theories of New Physics and the Mind.


The Mind and Physics
The mind has played a role in physics since the earliest days of quantum physics. The Fifth Solvay Conference in 1927 featured a debate between Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein about whether the mind and consciousness are (Bohr) or are not (Einstein) part of physics. Einstein's position has dominated mainstream physics for decades, but the battle simmered on for the entire twentieth century.

New Physics
Much of 20th-century physics has proceeded along the reductionist path that seeks quantum gravity at the intersection of the extended lines of quantum physics and relativity.

This reductionist path must always try to force into a stretched standard model the many phenomena of new physics that have been theorized or observed over recent decades:

extra dimensions of space
black holes
dark matter and dark energy
Bose-Einstein condensates
neutrino mass
radical theses about time and matter

How far can the standard models of particle physics and cosmology be stretched before we see the need for new theory-of-everything paradigms?

A Search Exercise for You
Here's a search exercise for you.

List every phenomenon of new physics that you can think of. Add "consciousness" and "the mind." See what theories of physics you can find.

From this, create your own Top Ten List of Radical Theories of New Physics.

And select your own Number One Theory of New Physics and the Mind.

21st-Century Physics
How many phenomena of new physics does it take to break the standard model?

Are we really getting closer to a theory of everything by reducing our understanding to strings as physics' smallest pieces?

Can psychologists', mathematicians', and physicists' longstanding p-adic models of thought be brought into modern physics?

What optimal mix of new physics phenomena and p-adic models of consciousness have created holistic models of new physics and the mind, the 21st century's theory of everything?

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