The nature of consciousness, with existential, medical and spiritual implications remains deeply mysterious. We are aware of what it feels like to be conscious, but who are ‘we’ to know exactly what it means? How is this experience quantified? How can this personal and natural phenomenon be defined in scientific terms? This complex conversation amongst Deepak Chopra and Stewart Hameroff, M.D. challenges controversial thoughts while contemplating the traditional understandings which define the emergence of consciousness- ideas which have been instilled into society by medical professionals, scientists and philosophers around the world since the beginning of time.
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Deepak Chopra, M.D., F.A.C.P, founder of The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a modern-day health company at the intersection of science and spirituality, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. Chopra is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and serves as a senior scientist with Gallup Organization. He is the author of over 89 books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His 90th book and national bestseller, Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential (Harmony Books), unlocks the secrets to moving beyond our present limitations to access a field of infinite possibilities. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.”
Visit his website at www.deepakchopra.com
Stuart Hameroff M.D. is a Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychology, and Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He is an attending anesthesiologist at University of Arizona Medical Center, spending 4 days per week in the surgical operating rooms. In the 1970’s and 1980’s he studied the molecular mechanisms of anesthetic gases, and computation in protein cytoskeletal structures – microtubules – that organize interiors of the brain’s neurons and other cells. In the mid 1990s Hameroff teamed with famed British physicist Sir Roger Penrose to develop a quantum theory of consciousness (‘orchestrated objective reduction’, ‘Orch OR’) based on microtubule quantum computing. Highly controversial and harshly criticized, Orch OR is now supported by evidence.
Visit his website at www.quantumconsciousness.org
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