Hard Problem And Quantum Consciousness

satyameva jayate nānṛtaṁ, satyena panthā vitato devayānaḥ, yenākramantyṛṣayo hyāptakāmā, yatra tat satyasya paramaṁ nidhānam - Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.6

Truth alone triumphs; not falsehood. Through truth the divine path is spread out by which the sages whose desires have been completely fulfilled, reach where that supreme treasure of Truth resides.

Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 27 Jun 2012 15:44 and updated at 27 Jun 2012 16:45

Here Advaida Vedanta's position is described as idealism. Hameroff have many agreements and disagreements with Vedanta's position of idealism (that only consciousness exist and nothing else).

Part 1: Where is Consciousness?

Hameroff speaks about Platonic values embedded in microscopic (quantum) space-time geometry. This seems to be equivalent to the Vedantic concept of 'Rta', the Universal Truths from which the rules of morality, the moral code or Dharma is derived. This Rta is the frame of reference used by the Intellect to fulfill the discriminatory function of consciousness. Mind does the function of making choices based on likes and dislikes. Thus mind is the seat of desires. The mind is thus the chooser function of consciousness. The choices made by the mind could be the reason for the collapse of a quantum superposition. Intellect then discriminate and judge the mind, determining whether the choices made by mind driven by desire is in accordance with Rta, Universal Order or Dharma.

Part 2

Part 3: The hard problem of Consciousness

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