Oxford 2017 SPi Seminar

Oxford 2017 SPi Seminar

The SPi team has recently been involved in discussions at Oxford University with two eminent scholars – Dr Stuart Hameroff and Sir Roger Penrose. Hameroff is an American anesthesiologist and professor at the University of Arizona known for his studies of consciousness, and Penrose is an English mathematical physicist, mathematician and philosopher of science. Talking amongst one another, they wandered through the strange world of quantum mechanics, out into the cosmos, and back to the inner workings of nerve cells. With new friendships formed, and a respectful level of debating mood maintained, both parties certainly benefited from the interaction.

Seemingly unable to get enough of the academic rays seeping through this historic town, the ‘SPi-ers’ returned to Oxford a few days later for their first scientific seminar. After negotiating the car parking meters and making sure that meals were top of the agenda, they settled into the meeting. The question on the table was, ‘how is consciousness involved in your research?’ After a day of presenting their research interests, spirits were high and future plans were coming together.

A second internal seminar was held at Buckland Hall over a January weekend. In that, the team presented and determined the plans for each area of work in the coming year. The main collaborative objective is to host the first Atma Perspective conference in the UK, asking the question: How would our understanding of scientific evidence progress if viewed from the axiom that consciousness is the primary form of reality?