Brian Josephson's home page
New: The video of a talk entitled Will Twenty-First Century Physics Need Biology? given at the 2019 Lindau meeting is now available on the meeting's web site.
A new preprint, entitled The Physics
of Mind and Thought, combining ideas from the 19th. century
(the sign theory of Peirce), the 20th. (Winograd's
simulation of language processing), and the 21st. (structure revealed
by the cymascope),
discusses how mind processes might be integrated into regular
physics. The accepted version of the paper, now published, is available on line, but the same is
not the case for the physics preprint archive arXiv which, ever anxious to protect its readers from novel kinds
has had the copy submitted to it on April 15th. 2019 'on hold' while it
decides whether or not it is safe to make the ideas available publicly.
On June 5th. word came that the 'submission had been removed' on
account of it 'being on a topic not covered by arXiv'. Has arXiv passed
its 'best before' date? In response it was pointed out that arXiv does
have a section (physics.hist-ph) that covers philosophy of physics, but
posting to that section is still barred by the moderators.
are now available for the talks (click for details) given at the conference 'New
Horizons in Water Science: Evidence for Homeopathy?'.
The video of my lecture on Complex
Organisation and Fundamental Physics is now
available on the web.
It argues that "rather than regular physics underpinning biology,
biological mechanisms involving 'structures of power' underpin the
kinds of situations addressed in current physics". The
slides shown in the lecture are also available.
How observers create reality
Wheeler proposed that repeated acts of observation give rise to the
reality that we observe, but offered no detailed mechanism for this. In
this creative process is accounted for on the basis of the idea that
nature has a deep technological aspect that evolves as a result of
selection processes that act upon observers making use of the
technologies, leading to the conclusion that our universe is the
product of agencies that use these evolved technologies to suit
Link of the day: The ITER Power Amplification Myth, false information on this subject from the EUROfusion
of the day’ are available in this
this link for sundry Mind-Matter
Unification Project video lectures (many now available at
720p quality), including:
Welcome to the home page of
Josephson, director of the Mind-Matter Unification Project
Theory of Condensed
Group at the
project concerned primarily with
the attempt to understand, from the viewpoint of the theoretical
physicist, what may loosely be characterised as intelligent processes
in nature, associated with brain function or with some other natural
process. Project members: Brian Josephson,
Takeo Oku, Plamen L. Simeonov, Madan Thangavelu, Steven M Rosen, Alex
Hankey, Mrittunjoy Guha Majumdar.
'From the viewpoint of the theoretical physicist'
that there is a particular concern with general principles and the way
these may help to reshape one's perspective on a problem. One of my
guiding principles, also, has been the scientist's motto 'Take nobody's
word for it' (nullius in verba), a corollary of
which is that if
scientists as a whole denounce an idea this should not necessarily be
taken as proof that the said idea is absurd: rather, one should examine
carefully the alleged grounds for such opinions and judge how well
stand up to detailed scrutiny.
- Why misconduct allegations against
Rusi Taleyarkhan, highlighted by Nature's correspondent
Eugenie Reich, were dismissed. As yet, Reich has failed to
respond to a
letter drawing her attention to the 'Inconvenient Truths' exposed
by the Journal and Courier article.
New Energy Times detailed report on the Taleyarkhan affair. The
objectivity of this report contrasts strikingly with the agenda-driven
character of the reports
published in Nature.
- Regrettably, NET also has a penchant for vindictive attacks
organisations and individuals. Here is my response
to one such article, created by NET's editor Steven B. Krivit.
- (video lecture) Can
the Physicists' Description of Reality
be Considered Complete?
is on the attack again, declaring
'being a worthwhile story' sufficient justification for the publication
of serious allegations that it cannot substantiate. Details;
- The propagandising
activities of the
anti-paranormal organisation CSICOP come to light through a
TV programme. Among other things, an experimental outcome
probability of occurring by chance was less than one in 50 was
characterised by the sceptical investigators as "more consistent with
chance guessing". Details
we might be able to
brain (paper presented at the International
on Complex Systems 2004, Boston,
together with video
interview and PowerPoint
- A Physics
profile explains the background
to the project and other things.
and the Brain (talk given at the Complex Systems
Conference, Messina, December 2001)
- Cold Fusion politics (revised June 9, 2004).
wondering whether cold fusion is a real phenomenon, or merely erroneous
science, should study this talk by Charles Beaudette
- Unusually, the administrators of the physics archive at arXiv.org rapidly deleted
successfully deposited in the archive, perhaps as a reflex response to
the fact that the paper concerned reviewed research in cold fusion. As
service to the scientific community, this 37-page review by Edmund Storms
made available on this web site. It is suggested that serious
comments on the review, by those registered for depositing papers in
archive, be deposited in the cond-mat section, with crosslinking to
nucl-ex and a link to the original review (here). However,
there can be no
guarantee that such contributions will not be deleted from the archive
as was the review itself.
[Note: it is not the
intention to include poor
research on these web pages. If anyone feels there are problems with
review concerned which are not cleared up through correspondence with
the author, would they please let me know at the email address below
complaints received so far at Oct. 25th., 2004)]
See the cognitive
page for details of research relating to brain functioning;
topics with which the project is involved include
list has been
reorganised. It is now divided into categories and is no longer split
between two servers.
Information of topical or other special interest is included
attack suggestion, in an official Royal Mail publication connected
its Nobel centenary stamps, that
telepathy might be
explicable on the basis of quantum theory
Theory" revisited (UK mirror)
Tools as the Origin of
Capacities (paper presented at the ECHO IV conference,
- Comments on the 'cultural
bias' against the paranormal (published in Physics World,
- The received wisdom is not the whole story"
of Robert Park's Voodoo
in the Times Higher Educational Supplement
- Diagnosis of Millennium Bridge
published on June 14, 2000, confirmed as correct by Ove Arup
on 28 June (report no longer available), and by more recent research at Bristol University.
- commercial secrecy leads to bridge engineers not being
people push sideways (as well as downwards) when they walk: a New
Scientist report (no longer available for public access)
- "Load testing of a new design is extremely rare.
Bridges are built
to the codes developed by the great and the good ..."; article by Andy Beckett
- Dan Drasin explains the
Debunkery (revised edition)
- Physicists probe the paranormal:
conference held at Trinity College, Cambridge (note: while the report
itself is well balanced, there is a lot more evidence in favour of the
reality of the phenomena than was presented at the conference)
given by Jacques
Benveniste at the Cavendish Laboratory colloquium on his
controversial high-dilution experiments, including abstract and a
review of the talk, and now a video
A selection of publications, and other
activities of the
Mind-Matter Unification Project follows:
In view of the increasing importance of the subject, there is
journal's attempts to mislead its readers regarding evidence for
- A recent issue of Nature admits (page
564 of the Apr. 9th.
1998 issue) the existence of a minor error that the journal introduced
during the process of editing a parapsychology book review. But it
remains silent about the more significant fact that when a
misunderstanding of the reviewer is corrected the main basis of his
criticism of the book in question disappears. Details
(added June 2nd., 1998) Michael
Rossman characterises such behaviour as 'undignified
shameful for a journal of [Nature's] stature'
- Update of Aug. 14, 1998: the journal backs down under
after eight months delay, publishes a correction (page 413 of the 30
July 1998 issue).
You can get many of these pages in book
in Japanese translation
Trinity Fellows' home page (available to Trinity Fellows only)
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