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LATEST DIALOGUES The Nature of Consciousness – Federico Faggin

What are the nature of physical reality, and the nature of consciousness? These two questions have remained unanswered since the beginning of the human race. Science has made tremendous progress in understanding physical reality, but consciousness has remained largely a mystery. In human experience, reality has an inner, subjective aspect, and an outer, objective aspect, yet science insists in a materialistic position where everything in the universe, including consciousness, is supposed to derive from matter. For science, then, only outer reality exists, and inner reality must therefore be an epiphenomenon.

For the last 400 years, western culture has lived suspended between a Cartesian mindbody dualism and a monism based on scientific materialism. On the other hand, for more than 4000 years, many eastern spiritual traditions have held that consciousness is fundamental, and physical reality derives from it. How can we resolve this debate and find unity between inner and outer realities?

In his talk, Federico Faggin will describe his attempt at unification with a hypothesis that starts where the eastern traditions leave off, and weaves a narrative that is intended as a first step toward uniting science and spirituality. This narrative is intended to create a conceptual framework for a future mathematical theory of consciousness, where consciousness is held as a primary property of nature. This hypothesis starts by postulating that the fundamental energy of which space, time and matter are made contains also the seeds of consciousness, therefore the evolution of our universe is in reality a co-evolution of consciousness and matter. This co-evolution is driven by the desire of consciousness to know itself, and matter serves as a kind of mirror to help consciousness do so. Thus, the complexity of living matter reflects the self-knowing of consciousness.

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2 Responses to “The Nature of Consciousness – Federico Faggin”

  1. January 01, 2015 at 5:36 pm, Graham Smetham said:

    This guy is rehashing so many previous thinkers. David Bohm stands out in this context. I covered all this in great detail from a quantum Buddhist point of view in my 2010 book Quantum Buddhism -> Buddhism sorted out the nature, function and purpose of consciousness 2000 years ago, and has refined its presentation due to the work of great Buddhist philosopher-practitioners….

  2. January 02, 2015 at 12:26 am, Mark Petrovich said:

    In essence, this is a modern interpretation of well-known conception of Gnosticism, which inheritably suffers substantial flows.
    To my opinion, from the scientific point of view the most comprehensive model of physical world is the combination of geometric fractal holograms beamed from outside (general relativity) and illuminated from inside (quantum physics) . The nature of consciousness has been hidden in different properties of external and internal light. External light is mathematics of space-time dimensions. “Mathematics is a language with which God has written the universe”,-Galileo Galilei. Internal lighting is emanating spiritual matrix, primordial blueprint, which a man is capable to aware of through the intuitive perception. The best way of learning it is to research a symbolism of Kabbalistic tree of life for deep understanding realms and pillars of Sephirots.

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