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Nobel Prize
October 6, 2020
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 with one half to Roger Penrose for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity and the other half jointly to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy.  Roger Penrose's affiliation at the time of the Nobel award: University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom -  The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Physics, 2020 - Scientific Background on the Nobel Prize in Physics 2020   View | Download 2.64 MB - press release       APS-American Physical Society - press release
R. Penrose, "Asymptotic Properties of Fields and Space-Times," Phys. Rev. Lett. 10, 66 (1963).
R. Penrose, "Gravitational Collapse and Space-Time Singularities," Phys. Rev. Lett. 14, 57 (1965).

Orch OR

Dr. Stuart Hameroff teamed up with the eminent British physicist Sir Roger Penrose in the early 90's and is co-developer with Penrose of the highly controversial theory of consciousness called ‘orchestrated objective reduction’ (Orch OR), based on quantum computations in microtubules.  

Roger Penrose - Plenary 11 TSC - The Science of Consciousness - 2020 - online - September 14-18, 2020

Abstract: Orch-OR: New results on the physics of OR  Roger Penrose (Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, London United Kingdom) PL11
According to the Hameroff-Penrose Orch-OR proposal, the phenomenon of consciousness depends not only upon large-scale quantum coherence taking place in the brain, but also upon the phenomenon of the collapse of the wave-function being an objective physical phenomenon (OR: the Objective Reduction of the quantum state). There is as yet no accepted theory of OR, but some leading candidates propose that the gravitational field is responsible. Although a recent experiment appears to have eliminated a prominent version of this proposal, the experimental results are in accordance with the OR scheme adopted in Orch-OR. In this scheme there are curious temporal effects that could well clarify some early experimental results due to Libet.
Plenary 11 - The Science of Consciousness-2020  Friday, September 18, 2020, Online  "Quantum Consciousness"
Harmut Neven, Google Quantum AI and Peter Read, Vitruvian - When are atoms happy? ; Anirban Bandyopadhyay, NIMS - Optical and magnetic vortices generated by a single microtubules for quantum properties; Stuart Hameroff, MD., U Arizona-Anesthesia - The quantum key to consciousness; Sir Roger Penrose, Oxford U - Orch-OR: New results on the physics of Orch-OR. Chair, George Musser
Additional Presentations
The Qualcomm Institute,  January 10, 2020, Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine La Jolla, CA - R. Penrose & S. Hameroff: "Consciousness and the Physics of the Brain"   
Oxford University, 2019  - S. Hameroff – Anesthetic action on quantum terahertz oscillations in microtubules.
Elsevier Connect, Feb 20, 2014 —Q&A: A review of the Orch OR Theory..Sir Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff - A review article on the controversial theory of consciousness, published recently in the journal Physics of Life Reviews, claims that consciousness stems from deeper level – from finer-scale activities inside brain neurons.
Closer to Truth - Science of Consciousness, 20th Anniversary, Tucson 2014,  R. Penrose – Quantum Physics of Consciousness
The Consciousness Chronicles 4 - 2014, RPenrose & S. Hameroff
KUAT Tucson, AZ -  S. Hameroff, R. Penrose & D. Chalmers1994, Why Are We Conscious?”
Hameroff Stuart, Penrose Roger, Consciousness in the universe: A review of the 'Orch OR' theory.  Phys Life Rev, 2014; Mar 11(1):39-78.
Hameroff S, Penrose R., Reply to Seven Commentaries on “Consciousness in the Universe: Review of the ‘Orch OR’ theory" Physics of Life Reviews, 2014; 11:94–100.
Hameroff S, Penrose R., Reply to Criticism of the 'Orch OR qubit'-Orchestrated objective reduction is scientifically justified Physics of Life Reviews, 2014;11(1):104-12. 
Hameroff Stuart, Consciousness, Microtubules and "Orch-OR": A 'Space-time' Odyssey, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Volume 21, 3-4, 2014; 126-153 PDF
Roger Penrose, New Scientist Oct 6, 2020 
Sir Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff, ElsevierConnect, 2014, Amsterdam
Roger Penrose — The quantum nature of consciousness/2045 initiative
Roger Penrose: Cosmic Inflation Is 'Fantasy'-Science Friday
    Recent TSC Conferences
    The Science of Consciousness - 2020 - Online - Plenary 11-  Quantum New results on the physics of OR
    TSC The Science of Consciousness, Plenary 3 - Interlaken, Switzerland, 2019  - Sir Roger Penrose
    TSC The Science of Consciousness, San Diego, 2017, Plenary 1 -  Can Machines Be Conscious ? R. Penrose, Oxford U,  (Roger Penrose, Joscha Bach, Harmut Neven)
    TSC The Science of Consciousness Conference, 20th Anniversary, Tucson, 2014
    YouTube - LINK TO VIDEOS - TSC YouTube Page 
    Courtesy of Oxford Mathematics, Facebook page
    In 2017 Oxford Mathematics had the honour of hosting Stephen Hawking for the Oxford Mathematics Roger Penrose Public Lecture, which would be one of Hawking's last.
    You can now watch the recording of the lecture, given by Hawking in honour of his friend Roger Penrose and their ground-breaking work on Black Holes, here:
    Additional Video Highlights
    The Brainstorm Sessions, Amsterdam, Orch OR theory - Microtubules and the Great Debate about Consciousness, The Flemish Arts Centre De Brakke Grond and UvA Amsterdam
    Brain & Cognition Center (ABC) "Night of the Brain" Jan 2014             
    Amsterdam Programme.pdf           
    Penrose, Bandyopadhyay & Hameroff,  Lezing: Microtubuli & het grote debat over het bewustzijn
    Sir Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff discuss how the discovery of quantum vibrations in 'microtubules' corroborates the theory of consciousness. By Patricia Massar and Mareike Gutschner -posted on 20 February 2014 -Elsevier Connect  
    Stuart Hameroff on Singularity 1 on 1: Consciousness is ...
    TSC Selected Sessions, iTunes - (Library of CCS-iTunes)