PIRSA:22090092

Causal Set Quantum Gravity and the Hard Problem of Consciousness

APA

Dowker, F. (2022). Causal Set Quantum Gravity and the Hard Problem of Consciousness. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/22090092

MLA

Dowker, Fay. Causal Set Quantum Gravity and the Hard Problem of Consciousness. Perimeter Institute, Sep. 28, 2022, https://pirsa.org/22090092

BibTex

          @misc{ pirsa_22090092,
            doi = {10.48660/22090092},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/22090092},
            author = {Dowker, Fay},
            keywords = {Quantum Gravity},
            language = {en},
            title = {Causal Set Quantum Gravity and the Hard Problem of Consciousness},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute},
            year = {2022},
            month = {sep},
            note = {PIRSA:22090092 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}}
          }
          

Fay Dowker Imperial College London

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Abstract

In this talk  will develop Rafael D. Sorkin's heuristic that a partially ordered process of the birth of spacetime atoms in causal set quantum gravity can provide an objective physical correlate of our perception of time passing. I will argue that one cannot have an external, fully objective picture of the birth process because the order in which the spacetime atoms are born is a partial order. I propose that live experience in causal set theory is an internal ``view'' of the objective birth process in which events that are neural correlates of consciousness occur. In causal set theory, what ``breathes fire'' into a neural correlate of consciousness is that which breathes fire into the whole universe: the unceasing, partially ordered process of the birth of spacetime atoms.

Zoom link: https://pitp.zoom.us/j/95170823205?pwd=QW9YM3QrZU12Ti9HTUQ4TDlVNmN5Zz09