Stuart Hameroff, MD, is a professor of anesthesiology and psychology at the Banner University Medical Center of the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is also co-founder and director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona. He is author of Ultimate Computing: Biomolecular Consciousness and Nanotechnology. Since 1994, he has organized the “Toward a Science of Consciousness” conferences at the University of Arizona and elsewhere. Working with Sir Roger Penrose, he is the co-author of the “Orch OR” theory of consciousness.
Here he reviews research findings in parapsychology related to phenomena such as out of body experiences, telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, near-death experiences, survival of consciousness after death, and reincarnation. He notes that mainstream academic researchers often treat these subjects disparagingly. He argues that such a dismissive attitude is both arrogant and foolish. He maintains that the Orch OR theory of consciousness is consistent with the existence of spiritual and paranormal phenomena. He concludes by pointing out that the theory has withstood criticisms for over twenty years. It has also generated various research hypothesis that have been confirmed. He describes some practical applications that may result from the theory, in terms of developing treatments for Alzheimers disease.
(Recorded on August 5, 2015)
Published on August 21, 2015