FRIDAY - April 6

8:30 am - 10:40 a.m.

Plenary 8

Physics and Consciousness II

George Ellis, Top Down Effects Underlie The Emergency of Mind and Intelligence

Anirban, Bandyopadhyay, Microtubule as a Time Crystal: Working the Knots of Darkness

Kiva Ballroom


George F.R. Ellis, PhD

Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Complex Systems in the

Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

University of Cape Town

G. Ellis, Top Down Effects Underlie The Emergence of Mind and Intelligence


George F.R. Ellis, PhD

George Ellis, FRS, is a specialist in general relativity theory and cosmology who  co-authored The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time with Stephen Hawking. He is Professor Emeritus of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town, and has been visiting Professor at the University of Texas, University of Chicago, Hamburg University, Boston University, University of Alberta, and London University, as well as Professor at The International School of Advanced Studies, Trieste. He has recently become interested in the emergence of complexity from physics, and his book How Can Physics Underlie the Mind? Top-Down Causation in the Human Context  (Springer) discusses this issue. His most recent book (with Mark Solms) is Beyond Evolutionary Psychology How and Why Neuropsychological Modules Arise (Cambridge).