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Can consciousness be explained by quantum physics? My research takes us a step closer to finding out

By Cristiane de Morais Smith, Professor, Theoretical Physics, Utrecht University
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One of the most important open questions in science is how our consciousness is established. In the 1990s, long before winning the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for his prediction of black holes, physicist Roger Penrose teamed up with anaesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff to propose an ambitious answer.

They claimed that the brain’s neuronal system forms an intricate network and that the consciousness this…


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