Science & Roger Penrose - AUG 3-6 - Free Webinar


Science & Roger Penrose

Free Online Live Webinar

On the occasion of his 90th Birthday and Nobel Prize

4 Sessions - Aug 3-6, 2021 (Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri)
9 am – 12:30 pm - MST/Arizona   -   20 speakers

Speaker Bios & Abstracts

Program Schedule 

Penrose Highlights - Intro Reel 

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Science & Roger Penrose

Day 1 – Tuesday -  August 3, 2021   9:00 am – 12:30 pm  MST -AZ


Session Chair - Stuart Hameroff - University of Arizona

9:00 am – 10:30 am                                

Sir Roger Penrose -  Nobel Laureate - Oxford University                                                            

Consciousness, Quantum State Reduction, Black holes, and Conformal Cyclic Cosmology— Connecting Threads


Session Chair - Roger Penrose - Nobel Laureate - Oxford University

10:30 am – 11:15 am                              

Reinhard Genzel - Nobel Laureate - Max Planck Institute/UC Berkeley - A 40-Year Journey

11:15 am – 12:00 noon                          

Roger Blandford, Stanford University - Black Holes - Nature or Nurture?: The Roles of Rotation and Accretion in Powering Cosmic Sources

12:00 noon – 12:30 pm   Discussion


Day 2 – Wednesday -  August 4, 2021   9:00 am – 12:30 pm MST - AZ

QUANTUM MEASUREMENT – OBJECTIVE REDUCTION (OR)                                 

Session Chair -  Roger Blandford -  Stanford University

9:00 am – 9:45 am                                   

Ivette Fuentes-Guridi - University of Southampton-Exploring the unification of quantum theory and general relativity with a Bose-Einstein condensate”                  

9:45 am – 10:30 am                                              

Hendrik Ulbricht - University of Southampton - Probing new physics by levitated mechanical systems

10:30 am – 11:15 am                                            

Dirk Bouwmeester - UC Santa Barbara | Leiden University, NL- An experimental investigation of the reduction of the quantum wavefunction

11:15 am – 12:00 noon                                        

Philip C.E. Stamp -  University of British Columbia - The correlated worldline (CWL)  theory of quantum gravity

12:00 noon – 12:30 pm     Discussion    


Day 3 – Thursday -  August 5, 2021   9:00 am – 12:30 pm MST - AZ


Session Chair - Justin Riddle, University of North Carolina

9:00 am – 9:45 am                                              

Stuart Hameroff -  University of Arizona - The Orch OR theory of consciousness

9:45 am – 10:30 am - Greg Scholes, Princeton University - Biological quantum phenomena and the brain

10:30 am – 11:15 am                                

Alysson Muotri - UC San Diego - Complex neural networks spontaneously emerge from human brain organoids

PANEL – QUANTUM BIOLOGY OF MICROTUBULES                                                                                            

Jack Tuszyński - University of Alberta - Panel Chair           

11:15 am - 11:25 am  - Opening Remarks

11:25 am -11:35 am                                           

Aarat Kalra - Princeton University - Light at the end of the tunnel: Optical signaling through microtubules

11:35 am – 11:45 am                                         

Travis Craddock - Nova Southeastern University - Fano resonances in the resonance Raman spectra of tubulin and  microtubules reveals active quantum effects

11:45 am – 11:55 am                                         

Aristide Dogariu - University of Central Florida - Experimental and computational insights into the remarkable electromagnetic properties of microtubules

11:55 am – 12:05 pm                                           

M. Bruce MacIver -  Stanford University - Probing consciousness with anesthetics

12:05 pm – 12:15 pm                             

Anirban Bandyopadhyay -  National Institute of Material Sciences, Japan - Triplet of triplet fractal resonance band of tubulin, microtubule and neuron membrane: Quantum optics & microwave study

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm   Discussion


Day 4 – Friday - August 6, 2021   9:00 am – 12:30 pm MST - AZ


Session Chair - Sir Roger Penrose, Nobel Laureate - Oxford University  

9:00 am – 9:45 am                                     

Paul Tod -  Oxford University - The mathematics behind Penrose’s Conformal Cyclic Cosmology

9:45 am – 10:30 am                                   

Brian Keating - UC San Diego - Was there a Big Bang?        

10:30 am – 11:15 am                                  

Krzysztof Meissner - University of Warsaw, Poland - Black holes and Conformal Cyclic Cosmology

11:15 am – 12:00 noon                              

Vahe Gurzadyan - Yerevan Physics Institute, Armenia - Cosmological Constant, CCC, observations

12:00 noon – 12:30 pm  Discussion

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News/Archives - Penrose

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 

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).  

2020 TSC

TSC - The Science of Consciousness - 2020 - online - September 14-18, 2020        R.Penrose - Plenary 11 (Quantum Consciousness)              R. Penrose - 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.

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.  


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 S, Consciousness, Microtubules and "Orch-OR": A 'Space-time' Odyssey, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Volume 21, 3-4, 2014; 126-153 PDF


Penrose R, "Asymptotic Properties of Fields and Space-Times," Phys. Rev. Lett. 10, 66 (1963).

Penrose R, "Gravitational Collapse and Space-Time Singularities," Phys. Rev. Lett. 14, 57 (1965).


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

    TSC 2020 - The Science of Consciousness - 2020 - Online - Plenary 11-  Quantum New results on the physics of OR

    TSC 2019 - The Science of Consciousness, Plenary 3 - Interlaken, Switzerland, 2019    Sir Roger Penrose

    TSC 2017 - The Science of Consciousness, San Diego, 2017, Plenary 1 -  Can Machines Be Conscious ? R. Penrose, Oxford U,  (R. Penrose, J. Bach, H. Neven)

    TSC The Science of Consciousness Conference, 20th Anniversary, Tucson, 2014

    Additional Video Highlights

    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.

    TSC 2014:

    See TSC CCS YouTube Channel for 2014 Sessions with Roger Penrose

    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?”

    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  


    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:


    Stuart Hameroff on Singularity 1 on 1: Consciousness is ...



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