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‘The Physics of Psi and Survival’ | Professor Bernard Carr

9 March.7:30 pm-9:00 pm

Professor Bernard Carr delivers a presentation on consciousness at the sir arthur conan doyle centre in edinburgh

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The Physics of Psi and Survival

Tuesday 9th March 2021. 7.30pm until 9.00pm. £5 online via ZOOM.


Although physics has been remarkably successful in describing the material world and even claims to be close to a ‘Theory of Everything’, it makes no reference to consciousness or mind. However, if psi is real, it involves a direct interaction between consciousness and the physical world, which suggests that any theoretical framework for the subject requires an extension of physics which accommodates this. I argue that the most plausible model entails extra dimensions, going beyond the ordinary dimensions of space and time. This is because a common feature of many mental phenomena – both normal and paranormal – is that they seem to involve some form of space which is distinct from physical space but nevertheless communal. This suggests a higher-dimensional ‘reality structure’, which is reminiscent of ideas already invoked by modern physics. One implication of this model is that the brain is a filter rather than a generator of consciousness, with individual minds being connected as part of some Universal Mind. In principle, this would allow the possibility of survival of consciousness after death but the nature of the post-mortem identity must relate to features of time – its passage and the specious present – which are unexplained by current physics.

Please join us at 7.30PM on Tuesday the 9th of March via ZOOM. Purchase a ticket below and you will receive an email with access.

Professor Bernard Carr delivers a presentation on consciousness at the sir arthur conan doyle centre in edinburgh

About Professor Bernard Carr

Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy

Bernard Carr is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London. He studied for his doctorate under Stephen Hawking at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge and the California Institute of Technology. He was elected to a Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1976, took up a Senior Research Fellowship at the Institute of Astronomy in 1980, and moved to Queen Mary in 1985. His professional area of research is cosmology and relativistic astrophysics and includes such topics as the early universe, black holes, dark matter and the anthropic principle. His recent books are Universe or Multiverse? (2007) and Quantum Black Holes (2014). He has a long-standing interest in psychical research and believes that physics must expand to accommodate consciousness and mental phenomena. He was President of the Society for Psychical Research in 2000-2004 and is currently President of the Scientific and Medical Network.



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