The natural and the spiritual appear to be two different, but intersecting planes of existence. The nature of this intersection is a mystery – but perhaps an answer lies in the phenomenon that David Chalmers famously labeled the “hard problem of consciousness.” This post, the second of two (see Part 1), follows PJ Buehler and George Gantz into the curious world of consciousness theory.
For more than a century, physics has been confronting the demon of indeterminacy in the quantum structure of the universe in the search for a Theory of Everything (TOE). Theoretical physicists have struggled for a century to close the gap – unsuccessfully. The esteemed Sir Roger Penrose (age 84) has a different idea that may move us closer to a TOE, but in an unexpected way: his theory also explains the mechanism of consciousness and free will. By implication, it forces each of us (and every quantum state) to make a choice. (more…)