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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 of thinking, 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.

Videos 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 paper 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 particular purposes.

Link of the day:
The ITER Power Amplification Myth, false information on this subject from the EUROfusion organisation

Previous links of the day’ are available in this archive.

Follow this link for sundry Mind-Matter Unification Project video lectures (many now available at 720p quality), including:

Brian Josephson photograph

Welcome to the home page of Professor Brian Josephson, director of the Mind-Matter Unification Project of the Theory of Condensed Matter Group at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, a 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' here means 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 these stand up to detailed scrutiny.

See the cognitive science page for details of research relating to brain functioning; other topics with which the project is involved include

The publications 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 on this page.

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 now a separate Parapsychology Page

[WARNING] Major journal's attempts to mislead its readers regarding evidence for parapsychology

(added June 2nd., 1998) Michael Rossman characterises such behaviour as 'undignified and shameful for a journal of [Nature's] stature'

You can get many of these pages in book form in Japanese translation

Alternative Trinity Fellows' home page (available to Trinity Fellows only)

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