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Tuesday Talks | Making Space and Time for Survival | Professor Bernard Carr
21 September, 2021.7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Making Space and Time for Survival | Bernard Carr
21st September 2021 | 7.30pm until 9.00pm BST | £5 | Online
Beyond the Ordinary Dimensions of Space and Time
Join Professor Carr as he continues his discussion of the nature of consciousness in the context of physics. If you would like to catch up on part one, you can watch it here.
In his previous talk, Professor Carr argued that physics might be extended to accommodate mind and psi by invoking extra dimensions beyond the ordinary dimensions of space and time. This is because a common feature of many mental and psychic phenomena is that they involve some form of space (or higher-dimensional reality) that is distinct from ordinary physical space but nevertheless communal. This suggests that individual minds are connected as part of some Universal Mind, with the brain being a filter rather than a generator of consciousness. This implies the possibility of survival, with the space required for this having some connection with dream space and memory space. However, the nature of post-mortem identity depends crucially on how the Universal Mind fragments into individual minds (i.e. on how we become associated with a particular embodiment). We must therefore understand the process of arrival (birth) as well as survival (death). He argues that this involves the nature of the specious present (the minimum timescale of conscious experience). There could be a hierarchy of levels of consciousness associated with a hierarchy of specious presents and he discusses the implications of this for the nature of identity.
Join us at 7:30 PM BST via ZOOM. Bernard Carr’s Tuesday Talk will last for around 45 minutes and is followed by a live Q&A.
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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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