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The author himself advises most of the readers to omit such sections. The book is an exploration of this as contrasted with three other viewpoints that range from ‘all thinking is computational and awarenes penroe evoked by this process’ to the opposite which is ‘awarenes scannot be explained by physical, computational or any other scientific terms’.

Roger Penrose

I have referred to three worlds and the mysteries pejrose relate them one to another. However, I just thought that there wasn’t much of an argument, nor much of a solution put forward by Penrose.

Oxford University Press, pp. Super positioned states each have their own spacetime geometries. There must be a non-computable ingredient.

There is a difference, however, in that what a logician might refer to as ‘Euclidean geometry’ can indeed be specified with some reservations in terms of a particular formal system, whereas, as Godel has shown, ordinary ‘arithmetic’ cannot be so specified. I would argue that no clear answers will come forward unless the interrelating features of all these worlds are seen to come into play.

Jun 02, Don Rea rated it it was amazing. This is an extraordinary approach to the problem of consciousness, and Penrose is a humble man although in one of his interviews he pointed out to the interviewer that he should be called “Sir” Roger Penrose!


If you device an algorithm to solve that kind of problems, and let a computer run the algorithm, it would never stop. Consciousness explained by coherent quantum states within microtubules in the cytoplasm.

According to Searle, no mathematical function can be used to connect a known VIN with its LPN, but the process of assignment is quite simple—namely, “first come, first served”—and can be performed entirely by a computer.

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We discover for ourselves what the natural numbers are, and we do not have trouble in distinguishing them from any sort of supernatural numbers. This is the first book that I have read that attempts to determine the existence of the mind mathematically scientifically and it is interesting how Penrose, argues for both and against various points, maps pengose logic mathematically and laa quantum mechanics to the working of the brain, thus generating the phenomenon of the ‘mind’.

Jun 20, Alex Zakharov rated it it was pennrose. This is the only reduction known to traditional Quantum Theory. It is a page-turner though I mostly, skipped the maths and for the person with a serious drive to understand consciousness and the mind, this would be one of your text books. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Paperbackpages. However, I broke through this barrier and was able to glean from it the nuggets that I could understand. O’Connor rated it really liked it. Another dissenter, Charles Seifehas said: Books by Roger Penrose.

Applying models of sub-atomic phenomena to comprehend biological or life processes separated by very many orders of magnitude is an unscientific stretch too far. I wonder if Penrose has published a proper version of the proof?


Anyway, QM itself is very well-defined, precise and unambiguous but it is in its transition to non-quantum reality via state vector reduction somnras quite a few difficulties arise. But I do feel that Penrose has done a good job in conveying the gist of things, and can be sensitive to readers’ different backgrounds sometimes suggesting an Consciousness seems to be one of the deepest and intriguing mysteries on the frontier of science today, and there isn’t much more than speculation on the subject.

Since I run in the opposite direction when it comes to mathematics, this was a challenging read. I won’t attempt to debunk it here but suffice to say that Penrose stumbles around even the metne obvious objections ex: The author asserts that our brains operate by rules which require consideration of new Physics, particularly the Quantum Physics, in order to explain the rise of consciousness out of the brain. Of coures this book was written over 15 years ago, so maybe sombars primary literature has more to say on the matter at this point.

This is not a religious argument that the mind is lzs other than physical nor is it based on the brain’s vast complexity the weather is immensely complex, says Penrose, but it is still a computable thing, at least in theory.

This book’s value is in exploring the question of the nature of consciousness and in dismissing the easy answers.