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Science explores the objective realm, while conscious experience, being subjective in nature, cannot readily be objectified. Science, in the form conceived by most scientists, lacks both the language and the methodology for understanding consciousness and the important role that consciousness plays in the life of the individual and society. The collaboration is concerned with developing tools and methods of thought that will be adequate to the challenge that this presents.
The Challenge of Consciousness Research
*Temple University, Philadelphia, ** City University of New York, Staten Island
Nils Baas has proposed that a general mechanism which he terms observational emergence plays an important role in living systems. We are studying the applicability of this principle both conceptually and with the aid of computer models.
*University of Trondheim
The phenomenon of music suggests, on the face of it, new physics, since models so far proposed are inadequate to account for the high specificity of music. Analogies such as ones with life processes and physical processes are being used to build a new perspective on the phenomenon.
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*Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London
A specific mathematical model of "observers" in quantum mechanics is being developed. It has been shown that the model applies to humans, and the model has been used to provide foundations for a fundamental theory of quantum mechanical probabilities. At present, the focus is on understanding the geometrical, topological, and combinatorial properties of the finite structures at the heart of the model.
* Polymers and Colloids