Monday, August 23, 2021

4th foundations of mind summer school mind science and society starts August 29 2021


The material students need to know in order to discuss mind and Society knowledgeably is covered in this 4 year course

Where we import courses from other universities you can simply deal directly with them. For a nominal fee with an average of about $100 they will put up your certificate of completion on LinkedIn. So to progress to the next year you show that you have have accumulated all the certificates relevant for that year plus PASS our exams

Robert and I had an excellent dialogue on August 15th on Revolution radio and we will post that on foundations of mind. Because we cannot meet in person we will use radio this discussion group and the internet for the summer school. In the meantime here is an extended discussion in order to clear the ground.

The context in which this summer school takes place could hardly be more extreme. For the first time since the Second World War appeals to freedom of conscience freedom of assembly and freedom of expression in the West have been trumped by what is in effect dictatorship. Up to this year it was inconceivable to anybody born after 1930 that arguments appealing to these freedoms would ever fail. The countries comprising the axis powers never showed any sign of slipping back into dictatorship after 1945 . Varnishingly little of ex Soviet Union is a dictatorship. But fail they have. 

So we need something else. What is it? The question is relevant to this course because

Our freedoms were taken away from us in the name of science. The science in question was almost entirely bogus. Moreover the main protagonists including officials from the world Health Organisation did not hesitate to condemn humanity as a "parasite on the Earth" whose numbers should be reduced with the help of Vaccines. Bill Gates first said this publicly as far back as 2010 and made efforts since then to be elected into the board of the w h o as a country!

And the people lined up in billions to get these so-called Vaccines. They did so while publicly available published data showed The Vaccines were not authorised did not work well and were in fact dangerous. In fact they were not Vaccines because they did not stop transmission. More state published information revealed that the PCR test which was at the core of removing all our basic freedoms was never authorised and was never designed to detect SARS cov 2. It should not surprise us now that the Pfizer vaccine according to the cdc's own criteria should never have received emergency authorisation because it did not work 50% better than a placebo. As our summer school starts it seems likely that this vaccine about which the former chief Scientist of Pfizer has said it deliberately targets the ovaries through its use of micro lipids is about to receive full authorisation.

Obviously most of these problems are beyond the remit of this course. What is not beyond the remit of this course is the clear attempt to contaminate nervous systems with graphene in order eventually to facilitate state and other authorities sending signals directly to the brain. In a sense the summer school is about the late great human brain!

But let's get back to to the fact that arguments about freedom of assembly conscience and expression are now routinely being trampled on. If you assemble they send out riot police. Eminent scientists working from crises of conscience and expressing themselves against the so-called pandemic are now routinely fired. Not just that but they are banned from the so-called social networks and have to go underground. Again for boomers and even pre boomers this would have been science-fiction in 2019.

We ask you to consider whether to use a classic English expression the worm has not turned. To use a less stately one we will not be able to put Humpty back together again. What we may have to do is to return to the original crisis of western society around the time of the Invention of the printing press which  begot protestantism.

Because much of the articulate and organised resistance has come not from the Academy and other inteligentsia but from religious sources. There are those who consider their bodies the Temples of the Holy Spirit and the cosmos to be the Mystical body of Christ. That of course can be translated into the terms of Islam and other religions. Nevertheless there are many of us for who this will not be sufficient.

In this Short Introduction to the summer school we are going to ask you to consider an alternative. We will start from this question about sources of authority deriving from ultimate reality. We will then Delve into the reparse of nature which foundations of mind has pursued for close to a decade. The final section dealing with how we treat mind and world consciousness attention is likely to be of even greater interest to many.

Ultimate reality is usually thought of in terms of an absolute which is the source of being and which typically has been called god. From the time of copernicus cosmology and cosmogony differed according to whether God was involved or not. In the church cosmogony made reference to the Book of Genesis and cosmology referred to planets and stars including the sun orbiting the Earth. The copernican Revolution changed that cosmology irrevocably.

The first radical statement of the summer school is that it was at that point that god was dead. Biblical cosmology and cosmogony were now simply fairy tales divorced from the business of real life. Even the religious Wars of early modernity were a Sideshow compared to the carnage caused by the totalitarian systems of the 19th century which presaged current clashes of civilization between traditional liberal democracy extreme financialised inequality and most recently communism with Chinese characteristics has indeed become a world player.

Whenever anybody came forward with cogent arguments about the fact that freedoms of assembly and speech were normative he was shouted down immediately with appeals to science. It was pointed out that there were articles in peer reviewed scientific journals proving him not just wrong but an enemy of the people. By August 2021 it has become clear that most if not all of these articles were completely bogus and several have had to be retracted. 

The solution here is very simple which is to impose a model of openscience with all articles and peer review published with names of the reviewers and it is remarkable that States have not done this a long time ago by facing down the lucrative scientific publishing industry.

But the fundamental issue is that of authority. As soon as protestantism appeared the Catholic church was fatally wounded in its later fights against Marxism and nazism. Kukai is unusual among Buddhist monks in that he wrote a manual about how to seduce young postulants but the Catholic Church has terminally discredited itself by institutionalizing sexual abuse of Minors on an industrial scale. We cannot look there.

In fact there is no source of authority that we can appeal to. The plutocrats who seem to be behind the new totalitarianism clearly anticipated arguments on the basis of Reason and enlightenment freedoms and had hired an army of so-called fact checkers to discredit anybody who used these arguments. The prediction by Billy Gates that things do not get back to normal until essentially all 8 billion of us are so or vaccinated seems to be less brilliant prophecy than inside information.

So what do we know about the absolute from current science and can we turn that into a set of moral obligations? We know that there exists a substrate which is is beyond subject and object evolving noetic of massive energy at low entropy addicted to the edge of Chaos and knows itself through us. If we want to bring god back to life  we must start here whether we consider this ultimate substrate as identical with the wave function of the cosmos or not. 

Legitimately however we can Project the terms of scholastic philosophy and theology onto the substrate and say that it is absolute the ground of being eternal ubiquitous and much else.We can continue and say that this initial substrate as classical physics has chaotic dynamics shows a tendency to order through resonance is constrained in fascinating ways by laws on the evolution of dynamical systems and much else. These constraints we can continue manifest themselves in constraints on types of chemical bonds in chemistry and eventually syntax in language and other semiotic systems. 

The addiction to the edge of Chaos results in systems like are planetary biosphere where quantities like the the amount of Nitrogen are vastly out of line with what one would predict and this allows our existence. Although we are of course disastrously affecting our biosphere we fortunately have not been able to change other phenomena giving rise to existence like the incredibly small value of dark energy.

Note we have not yet made any religious moves. The initial substrate that constitutes the absolute manifests itself at the quantum level than at the classical level and finally in Biology culminating in US. If we are to make a religious move the first is to suggest that we can sense this encompassing search of being through acts of worship. This will be too much for many people who have been brought up in an explicitly secular context. Unfortunately the arguments to reason and freedom we learned to formulate in these contexts have proven inadequate. Even if covid-19 is not sufficient for dictatorship covid 25 may be.

So let's keep experimenting shall we? When we accept an emanationist system what does our science look like? Well the predictions it produces are exactly the same which is just as well because otherwise it would be simply useless. But we have a new emphasis on Fields on transition of hierarchies on purpose in biology and on tools that help us handle these Concepts like symmetry breaking synergetics with  control and Order parameters and much else.

So the Natural World is seen as the result of an absolute which emanates from a single point in time and space to culminate in us. This is a scientific and not a religious view. It is a scientific view which takes account of levels of being and is closer to the facts because we must insist on on new concepts of causality in biology or otherwise biology will continue to work as badly as it currently does.

The first step in a religious view as noted is to say that the encompassing source of being can be apprehended in in movements of body soul and spirit that we call prayer. The second Step is to say that this emanation which culminates in US is an act of will for the absolute to know itself. God tries just as we do. That puts us in the terribly responsible position of having to care for ourselves others and and the cosmos through the biosphere that we have. Now we have become religious outsiders in the society but look we have god each other and better science! And unlike those who who took the injections our immune systems actually work!

So onward to mind Science and Society in the Fourth foundations of mind summer school. What we're going to do is to look at how we handle concepts of mind and world attention consciousness awareness and in particular the relationship to quantum mechanics. As the plutocrats attempt to turn us all into cyborgs with graphene which will facilitate neural firing and fulfill the national science Foundation plan enunciated in 2015 of controlling us remotely let's look at why this is a bull in the China shop which is the human brain.

The first task that the brain must do is to to handle the blooming buzzing mass of confusion which is the sensory plenum around us. The mechanisms to do this we argue are Fourier and Gabor analysis. So at an individual neural level there are what are termed subthreshold oscillations. These do not cause the Neurons to fire.

 In fact when they produced a full wiring diagram for a nematode called c elegans in the 1980s it took another 30 years for them to find a single neurone that actually fired and did something! Real neurones can be modelled by a mechanism as simple as a pendulum or what physicists prefer to call a harmonic oscillator. Now we come to the really clever bit. If these neurones are allowed change the delay of the signals they get from other neurons then they can do a fourier analysis. In recent years it has become clear this is neurophysiologically possible.

So far we have been able to take the blooming buzzing confusion and transform that by this analysis into a range of frequencies the brain can deal with. We must now refer this to to all the memories the brain has. These are not some kind of static data structure. They are rather a landscape of what are called attractor surfaces where each surface might correspond to a specific action rather than a specific stimulus. So if you see a green light you go but if you see a green sofa you sit on it. 

This meaning for the organism is encoded by amplitude modulation of a carrier wave which is created by chaotic dynamics in the brain. So this mechanism involving a carrier wave is rather like saying that 103 on the medium wave dial you can find the show you are looking for which means the carrier is 103 but the signal is going to be the speech and music that you hear.

When you select the attractor surface there is an Avalanche of activity in the brain. Eventually after this processing which is immensely complex and involves almost certainly bose Einstein condensates the result is transmitted to cortex. At this point the initial sensory signal is completely lost and all that exists is the meaning for the organism.

What is consciousness ? There is a consensus that it seems to be related to  synchronised oscillation over at least one Hemisphere at a frequency between 40 and 80 Hz called gamma. It is more likely to be attention that has quantum implications. Streams of processing in the brain that are attended to to suppress other such streams that are not being attended to. They also change the statistics of the information for example by suppressing correlation of fluctuations.

And that is the start of the summer school and what we are hoping to explore. We are a long way from traditional models of the neuron by which the new plutocrats hope to control us with with neural firing. Our brains are way too complicated for that. In the coming week we will go back and forth about how to interrelate the radio show this discussion group and the internet and please send me your suggestions. If you really want to master these disciplines then after the summer school consider taking some are all of the courses on the University of Ireland dot org website on mind science and society.


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Schedule for summer school on mind and consciousness Italy Aug 26-30

Noceto Retreat Center, Siena, Italy
August 26-30 2019

Monday, August 26
9am – Introduction Seán Ó Nualláin
9:15 The physics, phenomenology and neuroscience of consciousness
and meditation/ Seán Ó Nualláin
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – computational neuroscience / David Bernal
12:00 –
Isomorphism between Cell Language and Human Language / Sungchul Ji
13:30 – 15:30 Lunch
15:30 Continuum of awareness and here and now  in Gestalt according to a quantum physics dimension / Riccardo Zerbetto
16:45 – Quantum Physics and Consciousness Paul Werbos
Evening – Informal dinner discussion

Tuesday, August 27
9:15 – The physics, phenomenology and neuroscience of consciousness and
meditation/ Seán Ó Nualláin
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – computational neuroscience / David Bernal
12:00 – Cell Psychology & Cell Consciousness / Sungchul Ji
13:30 – 15:30 Lunch
15:30 – 16:45 Continuum of awareness and here and now  in Gestalt according to a quantum physics dimension / Riccardo Zerbetto
16:45 – Quantum Physics and Consciousness Paul Werbos
Evening – Informal dinner discussion

Wednesday, August 28
9:15 The physics, phenomenology and neuroscience of consciousness and
meditation/ Seán Ó Nualláin
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – The neuroscience of breathing / Gabriele Penazzi
12:00 – DNA Linguistics / Sungchul Ji
13:30 – 15:30 Lunch
15:30 – 16:45 high Computational neuroscience/ David Bernal
16:45 – meditation consciousness and high performance Philip Shinnick
Evening – Informal dinner discussion

Thursday, August 29
9:15  Planck-Shannon plots (PSP), Superstructures & Consciousness Quantification / Sungchul Ji
10:15 – 10:30 am Break
10:30. Meditation consciousness and high performance Philip Shinnick
12:00 – Cannabis essential oil: a preliminary study for the evaluation of the brain effects / Tania Re
13:30 – 15:30 Lunch
15:30 -17.30 Report from a Tibetan Monastery: Inner and outer phenomenology of non-ordinary states of consciousness induced by meditation / Bruno Neri
Evening – Informal dinner discussion

Friday, August 30
9.30 – Student presentations and interviews
1:30 – 3:30pm Lunch

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

FOM 5 schedule - draft

FRIDAY, November 3, 2017

9:00 am            Introduction by FOM chair Seán Ó Nualláin

9:05 am           Mind & World Introduction by session chair Brian Swimme

9:15  am          What a Real Theory of Consciousness, Quantum Observation, Awareness
                                     and Attention May Look Like – Seán Ó Nualláin

10:00 am         Quantum Mind: Cognition as Vibration – Aamod Shanker et al


11:00 am         Reality, Subjectivity and Truth in a Self-Aware Mind – Kirill Popov

11:40 am         Plasma Brain Dynamics (PBD): II Quantum Effects – Zhen Ma

12:20 pm         Cosmogenetic consciousness  - Brian Swimme CIIS


2:00 pm           Henry Stapp

2:40 pm           Commentary & Role of Observation in the Quantum World - Menas Kafatos

3:00 pm           Consciousness & Causality: Sub-Quantum Time-Symmetric - Adrian Klein

3:30 pm           Linear Thinking & Self-Consciousness Process - Mansoor Vakili

4:00 pm           Voluntary Action, Conscious Will & Readiness Potential - Syamala Hari

4:30 pm           If AI Asks Questions, Will Nature Answer? - Cynthia Sue Larson

5:00 pm           New Approaches to QM Measurement Problem - Stan Klein, Chris Cochran

5:30 pm           PANEL: Henry Stapp, Adrian Klein, Mansoor Vakili, Stan Klein

SATURDAY, November 4, 2017

11:00 am         Quantum, Entheogenic and Ethnogenic Healing – Chair Tania Re

11:00 am         Are there enough scientific evidences to recommend psychotropic substances for therapeutic use? Implications of a critical umbrella review.    Tania Re

11:40 am         Reterritorialization & Mental Illness - Seán Ó Nualláin

12:20 pm         Difficulties in Inorganic and Organic Measurement of Energy, Nature’s Influence and Mind Training (Yi) in Qigong (Qi).Phillip Shinnick and Laurence Porter


2:00 pm           Observations – Arora & Behera

2:40 pm           QM Automata, Gödel Numbers & Self-Ref Consciousness - Fred Alan Wolf

3:20 pm           Continuity, Time & Opposition of the Dominant Paradigm - Stan McDaniel

4:00 pm           Mimicking Intelligence - Wolfgang Baer

4:40 pm           AI & the Human Biofield: New Opportunities & Challenges - Bev Rubik

5:20pm            Intention at a Distance as Source of Information Transfer & Wave Function
                                     Collapse – Karla Galdamez

6:00 pm           PANEL: Fred Alan Wolf, Wolfgang Baer, and others

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fom 5 cfp - The new AI scare - CIIS Nov 3 2017

Foundations of mind 5: The new AI scare

In terms of downloads (150k per year), annual page views (27 million +) and peer-reviewed papers ( over 100 in its first 3 years from March 2014 to March 2017), Foundations of mind ( is now the world’s leading science of mind research group. While centered on cognitive science, it has featured many papers on the quantum mechanics view of mind, the foundations of physics and biology, and indeed ecology and health as manifestations of mind.

Its most recent proceedings volume published in March 2017 received a total of 4,333 downloads in its first month, with the top papers receiving 750+, about what  ACM papers typically take 25 years to achieve. Please note we are secular, and totally independent; we have never taken corporate or state money, nor have we gamed the system as others do by asking our students to link to or download our work.

Abstracts to by July 1 2017. Invitation to present at conference and submit a full paper will follow by July 8. Full papers by July 31; notification of acceptance for the proceedings volume will follow your presentation at the conference.

Nov 3: The new AI scare

AI systems will keep us as pets. Massive unemployment as computers learn to drive cars, translate accurately,  stock shelves, and much else. Silicon-based life forms reflecting on the brief carbon-based intelligence era before the singularity.

All of these themes are rampant in the second decade of the 21st century. Yet they do not reveal the full story. The “pets” idea, repeated ad nauseam by Elon Musk, is an echo of Marvin Minsky a generation ago. It is a safe bet that no, you will not be ordering a driverless taxi to take you to a random destination you specify anytime before 2022. The much-vaunted successes of Deep Thought  are due to a venerable algorithm called stochastic gradient descent, which now converges to a solution because computers are about 100 million times faster than they were during the last AI scare of the 1980’s and almost infinitely faster than during Minsky’s abortive 1950’s scare.

This session invites papers on what computers, even now, can’t do and above all why that is the case. It encourages participants to speculate on aspects of the architecture of the cortex that allows a 20 Watt “computer” (that would be the thing  under your skull) to outperform machines with Terahertz speed and petabyte memory. It invites papers on quantum computation as a natural outcome of human cognition and noesis. It also welcomes those who in turn wish to usher in the new post-singularity era. After all, the phrase and concept originally derive from Johnny von Neumann, the founder of many aspects of computing as well as quantum mechanics.

Above all, we invite recapitulation of the themes broached in Penrose’s masterpiece about the relationship between consciousness and computability. His viewpoint fused elements from the theory of computability (partially recursive functions), non-determinism, tiling theory and phenomenology. The relationship with formal language theory was not explored, nor was an explicit engagement with the fact that all observer-dependent measurement in QM involves the  infinite. The re-assertion of human noesis may pave the way for that of human dignity.

Specifically, we invite papers on the following themes;

  1. Machine Translation (MT). Computers have been getting MT almost right since the 1950’s. attendees are asked to consider two dilemmas; that checking  a translation is at least as time-consuming as producing one, and that 99.9% correct is not good enough even for an academic textbook.
  2. Kill Chain; use of AI systems in the “Kill Chain” in  combat is burgeoning. Yet it is being done in the face of objections like military strategists Rivollo and van Riper, who insist on precise targeting and reading of the enemy’s psychology.
  3. Neglected research: the apparent magic wrought by the likes of Sutskever at Google has meant that linguistics research into issues like speech-acts and conversational implicatures is being elided? The inappropriate use of the word “neural” as a modifier for convolutional nets has led to neuroscience reverting to its 1940’s archetype with invasive fiddling around under the hood again the method de jour?
  4. Language was famously promoted as the royal road to the infinite by the symbolists. What is the relation between their “semantic transcendentalism” and the role of infinite quantities in quantum mechanics? What does this mean for AI?
  5. Finally, we invite papers that explore the fact that ordering on a  smartphone has met that both AirBnB and Uber were somehow exempt from normal regulations for accommodation and transport. Could this AI scare be a way of persuading us that resistance is futile in our Taskrabbit dystopia? Papers also  are welcome that explain that it is in fact a Utopia. Or is it arguable that the successes of Google, Facbook et al are largely based on truly cosmic levels of copyright violation, and that states should administer many of their functions under the rubric of public libraries (and indeed e-mail systems)

Papers also are invited on the classic foundations of mind themes; the formal  inadequacy of received accounts of mind and brain (leading to $6 billion being spent by the NIH in 25 years on brain imaging without a single therapy emerging); the foundations of biology; the observer in physics; quantum mind..

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

FOM5 first call for participation A Western Way; or, When the Foundations of Mind meets the Ground of Being SF Bay area, California Fall 2017

Since its foundation in 2014, Foundations of Mind (FOM) has initiated a reparse of nature based on the following principles;
1. It must be consistent with best practice in science and society;
2. It must take account of ontological differences, for example between the physical and biological;
3. Neuroscience, it is self-evident, cannot be simpler than the math reasoning that comprises our physical theories of the world;
4. In like vein, consciousness studies cannot be simpler than our total experience of reality
We were lead to certain radical conclusions; for example, causal explanation must vary in nature between the physical and biological. Theories of the brain must become several orders of magnitude more complex in order to work. Our late member, Walter J Freeman, demonstrated that the initial sensory stimulus has been lost by the time the input is processed in the cortex and most experience is what he terms “solipsistic”.
Thus, to create a “science” of consciousness, we need a formalism that distinguishes mere solipsistic “awakeness” from moments in which experience is authentic. It seems to be the case that the game could not be bigger; it is as if we have been compelled to view consciousness as nothing less that the absolute becoming manifest in us.
If that is the case, we can distinguish such moments from our normal alienated, indeed subaltern experience. We can invoke quantum physics to argue that the noetic products of such moments have permanent effects on reality. Indeed, we can claim charter from 20th century physics to argue that human beings are indeed part of a thing-less, entangled, noetic reality that the best minds of the 21st century will spend their careers trying to understand.
A generation after the “end of history,” Western civilization faces twin threats. The first, epitomized by the Bataclan attack, is that from radical Islamic terrorism, the latest unpleasantness from the God of Abraham. This is a fundamentalism that wishes to roll back the victory of Charles Martel at Tours and finally conquer Europe. Indeed, for French writers like Eric Zemmour, disapproval of such attacks by mainstream Islam is because they are premature, and risk the longterm project of taking over by stealth and force of numbers. As Zemmour puts it, one refugee is a guest, to be welcomed, but a million is an invasion, to be repelled.
The second threat is the decay of values that has turned neoliberalism, best thought of as a fringe economic theory, into a totalizing force. The response by the western academy to both these threats has been at best feeble. At worst, the relativism that has become dogmatic there would insist that the impetus within Islam to turn back the clock on the rights of speech, thought, assembly, property and reproduction that epitomize the greatness of western culture is to be valued as simply another perspective in a multicultural society.
For all its arrogance, modern science is as timid about its ultimate quarry as modern politics is about its purpose. Instead of pursuing the ground of Being, an encompassing realization that will inform each act of consciousness before its birth,
science focuses on a reductive third-person instrumental description. This makes it vulnerable on the one hand to the Semitic realization of the Abrahamic god, and on the other to the instrumentalization continued to the point that economics does a claim-jump into politics, to neoliberalism as effectively a religion.
The success of Western science in instrumentalizing nature has led to a paradox; the fact that normative disciplines like morality cannot pass muster in a scientistic worldview may lead in coldly logical steps to concession to claims on truth arising from irrationality. Instead of an articulate response to these twin threats, attacks on believers from a scientistic perspective and refuge in a trivially incorrect version of psychologism have become the norm.
Of course the Church was assiduous in wiping out all traces of native religions in Europe. Since then, the nearest the West has come to a totalizing worldview attested by a “religious” personal conversion is Marxist utopian socialism. While its roots are in emanationist thought that can be traced from Plato’s Timaeus through Eriugena to Hegel, it is ultimately a theory of consciousness. Geist/spirit manifests itself in physical reality and human societies and we are seduced by false consciousness until we realize within ourselves the paramount reality that is class struggle and the unreality of Geist itself in a material cosmos.
Timothy Leary, before he became a byword, made what is for us a very essential point; since the contents of our consciousness involve ever more amplified political narratives, the beginning of enlightenment is to find a way to “drop out” from this veil of Maya. His later solution–the wise use of the internet–is also laudable. For the moment, it perhaps suffices to argue that Marxist “false consciousness” is as useful a toll to explore the contents of our psyche than anything from a “spiritual” tradition.
Yet Marxism is of course, in Koestler’s felicitous phrase, “The God that failed,” perhaps due to its roots in the apocalyptic/historicist vision of the book of Daniel. Moreover, in practice it sought to roll back exactly those rights of rights of speech, thought, assembly, property and reproduction that western society clawed away from the Abrahamic god as manifest in the Church. This conference asks whether we can now do better.
Yet the failure of current neuroscience to generate a theory of brain process even remotely powerful enough to explain how we speak, let alone do physics, surely gives pause. From quantum mechanics (QM) and post QM, we are converging on the idea that, for the conscious observer to function, there must be in some ineluctable sense contact with the infinite. That goes even for the most hard-boiled of skeptics like Feynman. Surely there is space here for the cosmic to become manifest in the quotidian, the core of any religious movement.
Perhaps we are close to the endgame in how 21st century consciousness studies will evolve. We as humans are intentional symbolic systems; the only ones we know in the cosmos. Thinkers like Pradhan, argue that ultimate reality is Uroboros, beyond subject and object. His use of Hilbert space is perhaps a limit case of the PQM Sarfatti/Bohm/Hiley model.
Indeed, perhaps a conscious moment is when Uroboros knows itself through an obscure primate on a small planet. Thus, the pilot wave does not have qualia; these manifest in the interaction. Both the Pradhan and Sarfatti/Bohm/Hiley models involve connection to a transcendent and ubiquitous Reality; that is essential to QM, and used even by the most hard- nosed in their versions of QM.
As a religion, then, we can perhaps hold as sacred human action that connects us to the infinite and promote praxis that implements this connection. The goal of human life is to act as a vehicle for the Absolute to know itself and be through us in our individual unique existence--and the goal of the human psyche is to act as a vehicle for knowing Absolute Being in our individual unique existence. Part of the authority of religion springs from its magisterium that delimits a necessary profane/secular part of human existence along with the sacred, which normally requires a premises.
We can add to this core the ideas of code, community, and–above all–the sense that religion is above all Immanuel, assertion of the sacred in our experience. This holds whether the religion is secular, like Marxism; atheistic, like some schools of Buddhism, or the religion of the West that is only in the face of twin threats daring to speak its name, the assertion of our freedoms as sacred. Therefore, this conference proposes to debate what we should hold sacred, and how the infinite is realized for us.
About Foundations of Mind (FOM)
Foundations of Mind (FOM) is an independent secular research group. It offers the most generous copyright terms possible; you keep copyright of your paper, and do not pay. We have published 79 peer-reviewed papers in our 30 months of existence, including by greats like Walter Freeman, Stuart Kauffman, and Henry Stapp, We already have a contract for a book version of FOM4, which will be held in 2017 in conjunction with a celebration of what would have been the late Walter Freeman’s 90th birthday.
Please send a 5k words proposal to by Feb 5 2017. All peer review will be made public.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

new courses