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Consciousness & Reality Colloquium: Quantum Cosmology & The Role of Qualia

Wednesday, November 22, 2023
10:00am to 11:00am
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Consciousness & Reality Colloquium Series 2023-24 Inaugural Lecture

Lee Smolin

Research Professor of Theoretical Physics, Perimeter Institute

Adjunct Professor, University of Waterloo

Over the last few years I have become increasingly convinced that the
problems that keep us from making substantial progress in the
foundations of physics, including both quantum gravity and the
foundations of physics more generally, are each unsolvable in the
absence of an overall solution. We need new ideas. Here I propose a new
starting point, qualia playing a role in relational quantum cosmology,
that I believe is closer to theĀ  truth.

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This lecture will be accessible to an interdisciplinary audience. Caltech and Stanford members from all divisions are welcome to join. Select questions from the Q&A window will be answered after the lecture.


The Consciousness & Reality colloquium series promotes interdisciplinary investigations on mind, cognition, consciousness, and the nature of reality. This colloquium is inaugurating the 2023-24 series.

For more information, please contact Kunal Mooley by email at [email protected].