Essentia Foundation: It’s Time for Mindful physics!

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Quote:We begin our coverage of Essentia Foundation’s 2023 work conference with host, Prof. Bernard Carr’s introduction to the conference. He highlights how fundamental mind is to physics, and then elaborates on the intimate relationship between mind and time, suggesting that only a better understanding of time will allow us to make sense of individual minds. The full program of the conference can be found here.
'Historically, we may regard materialism as a system of dogma set up to combat orthodox dogma...Accordingly we find that, as ancient orthodoxies disintegrate, materialism more and more gives way to scepticism.'

- Bertrand Russell


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Time & Mind: Finding a theory that closes the gap

Prof. Bernard Carr, PhD Prof. Lee Smolin, PhD Prof. George Ellis, PhD Prof. Jonathan Schooler, PhD




Quote:The role of time in mainstream physics—as it arises in Newtonian theory, relativity theory, quantum theory, and the 2nd law of thermodynamics—is relatively well understood. However, there is a profound mystery concerning the passage of time associated with consciousness. Many physicists maintain that this passage is purely a feature of mind, going beyond physics itself, while others argue that it points to some new physical paradigm, perhaps associated with the marriage of relativity theory and quantum theory. Certainly, the status of time in any final theory of physics remains unclear.

The possibility that physics may eventually accommodate and elucidate the nature of consciousness and associated experience suggests the need to address issues that are currently viewed as being on the borders of physics and philosophy. It also impinges on developments in neurophysics, cognitive science and psychology. So this is an interdisciplinary problem and this conference brings together experts in all the relevant fields. There are contributions from the physicists Bernard Carr, Paul Davies, George Ellis and Lee Smolin, the neurophysicist Alex Gomez-Marin, the cognitive neuroscientist Julia Mossbridge, and the psychologists Jonathan Schooler and Marc Wittmann.
Although the conference is organized by Essentia Foundation—which is associated with the philosophical tradition of Idealism—it covered a wide range of approaches. Our vision is to cover topics that are relevant to Idealism, but not to exclude alternative views from the conference.
'Historically, we may regard materialism as a system of dogma set up to combat orthodox dogma...Accordingly we find that, as ancient orthodoxies disintegrate, materialism more and more gives way to scepticism.'

- Bertrand Russell


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Quote:This is day 2 of Essentia’s Time and Mind conference, our scientific discussion of the profound mystery of the passage of time and how it relates to consciousness.

Many physicists maintain that the passage of time is purely a feature of mind, beyond physics itself, while others argue that it points to some new physical paradigm, perhaps associated with the marriage of relativity theory and quantum theory. Certainly, the status of time in any final theory of physics remains unclear. What is clear, however, is that a theory that encompasses time and mind will have to go beyond Einstein’s Block Universe.

The possibility that physics may eventually accommodate and elucidate the nature of consciousness and associated experience suggests the need to address issues that are currently viewed as being on the borders of physics and philosophy. It also impinges on developments in neurophysics, cognitive science and psychology. So this is an interdisciplinary problem and this conference brings together experts in all the relevant fields. There are contributions from the physicists Bernard Carr, Paul Davies, George Ellis and Lee Smolin, the neurophysicist Alex Gomez-Marin, the cognitive neuroscientist Julia Mossbridge, and the psychologists Jonathan Schooler and Marc Wittmann.

Although the conference is organized by Essentia Foundation—which is associated with the philosophical tradition of Idealism—it covered a wide range of approaches. Our vision is to cover topics that are relevant to Idealism, but not to exclude alternative views from the conference.
'Historically, we may regard materialism as a system of dogma set up to combat orthodox dogma...Accordingly we find that, as ancient orthodoxies disintegrate, materialism more and more gives way to scepticism.'

- Bertrand Russell




Quote:Hans Busstra sat down with Bernard Carr and Bernardo Kastrup to discuss all presentations given at our 'Time and Mind' conference and elaborate further on their own ideas. For instance, both Carr and Kastrup agree that, if you take an idealist perspective, you need multiple time dimensions to account for the decomposition problem: the mechanism by which consciousness with a big ‘C’ resolves itself into consciousness with a small ‘c’.

Quote:I. Bernard Carr and Bernardo Kastrup discussing their own views:

00:00
Intro
04:06
Opening
09:42
Bernard Carr on the bridge between physics an psi phenomena
10:50
Scientists don't like mystics and mystics don't like scientists...
11:26 Is the paranormal compatible with Einstein's Block Universe?
19:01
On physicists understanding of time
25:35
What is the relationship between time and mind?
28:18
Bernardo on the three different metaphysical interpretations of time
32:52
Levels of 'selves'
36:21 No philosopher seems to talk about the specious present...
37:32 Einsteins Block Universe
38:56
On Einstein calling the passage of time a stubborn illusion...
40:52
On the importance of careful language
43:16
How a multi-dimensional time model can explain different identities
52:10
On models and reality
54:20
Time in General Relativity
58:15 Time in Quantum Theory
59:21
Lee Smolin's understanding of time
1:00:38 The role of time in different branches of Quantum Theory
1:01:54
Is time fundamental, asked to Bernard Carr.

Quote:II. Bernard Carr and Bernardo Kastrup discussing the conference presentations:

1:02:34 On Lee Smolin's 'presentism'
1:08:31
On George Ellis' presentation: There is no way a physical block universe can have come into existence: the future not yet determined!
1:15:05
On Lee Smolin's presentation: The role of qualia in temporal naturalism
1:22:16 On Bernard Carr's own presentation: Making space for time and consciousness in physics
1:26:26 On Kip Thorne's ideas
1:30:39 Bernardo on the undeniability of parapsychological phenomena
1:33:10 On Jonathan Schooler's presentation: Could postulating three dimension of time address assorted disparities between physics and experience?
1:38:38 The Specious Present
1:38:54
On Marc Wittman's presentation: Subjective time during ordinary and altered states of consciousness
1:47:21
On Alex Gomez Marin's presentation: The consciousness of neuroscience
1:52:53
On Paul Davies's presentation: The muddlescape of time
1:59:51
On Julia Mossbridge's presentation: How do precognition and other perceptual anomalies shed light on models of consciousness, unconsciousness and time?
2:25:21
Closing remarks

Quote:You can watch all the presentations referred to in this conversation in full length here:

On George Ellis - There is no way a physical block universe can have come into existence: the future not yet determined!   [Image: yt_favicon.png] • Time & Mind: Was Einstein Wrong About...  

Lee Smolin - The role of qualia in temporal naturalism   [Image: yt_favicon.png] • Time & Mind: Was Einstein Wrong About...  

Bernard Carr - Making space for time and consciousness in physics   [Image: yt_favicon.png] • Time & Mind: Was Einstein Wrong About...  

Jonathan Schooler - Could postulating three dimension of time address assorted disparities between physics and experience?   [Image: yt_favicon.png] • Time & Mind: Was Einstein Wrong About...  

Marc Wittman's - Subjective time during ordinary and altered states of consciousness   [Image: yt_favicon.png] • Going Beyond Einstein: Linking Time A...  

Alex Gomez Marin - The consciousness of neuroscience   [Image: yt_favicon.png] • Going Beyond Einstein: Linking Time A...  

Paul Davies - The muddlescape of time   [Image: yt_favicon.png] • Going Beyond Einstein: Linking Time A...  

Julia Mossbridge's - How do precognition and other perceptual anomalies shed light on models of consciousness, unconsciousness and time?   [Image: yt_favicon.png] • Going Beyond Einstein: Linking Time A...  

Bernard Carr's essay "Higher Dimensions of Consiousness":
https://www.essentiafoundation.org/ho...
'Historically, we may regard materialism as a system of dogma set up to combat orthodox dogma...Accordingly we find that, as ancient orthodoxies disintegrate, materialism more and more gives way to scepticism.'

- Bertrand Russell



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