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"Consciousness ... is the phenomenon whereby the universe's very existence is made known."

Roger Penrose

Born: August 8, 1931

Occupation: Physicist

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But I think it is a serious issue to wonder about the other platonic absolutes of say beauty and morality.

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As you say, the way string theory requires all these extra dimensions and this comes from certain consistency requirements about how string should behave and so on.

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My own way of thinking is to ponder long and I hope deeply on problems and for a long time which I keep away for years and years and I never really let them go.

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The basic theory in twistor theory is not to add extra dimensions.

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Well I didn't actually see the Matrix but I've seen other movies where with similar sorts of themes.

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Understanding is, after all, what science is all about — and science is a great deal more than mindless computation.

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Well, I don't know if I can comment on Kant or Hegel because I'm no real philosopher in the sense of knowing what these people have said in any detail so let me not comment on that too much.

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I was indeed very slow as a youngster.

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I would say the universe has a purpose. It's not there just somehow by chance.

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With thought comprising a non-computational element, computers can never do what we human beings can.

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And these little things may not seem like much but after a while they take you off on a direction where you may be a long way off from what other people have been thinking about.

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It is always the case, with mathematics, that a little direct experience of thinking over things on your own can provide a much deeper understanding than merely reading about them.

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Ambition, idly vain; revenge and malice swell her train.

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Action is the process whereby what is not fully formed passes into expressive consciousness.

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Are wars anything but the means whereby a nation is nourished, whereby it is strengthened, whereby it is buttressed?

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Consciousness, not matter, is the ground of all existence.

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Stephen Batchelor

Consciousness is an emergent, contingent, and impermanent phenomenon. It has no magical capacity to break free from the field of events out of which it springs.

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Marilyn Ferguson

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Freeman Dyson

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Albert Einstein

The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life....

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The witness of the three states of consciousness [waking, dream and deep sleep] and of the nature of Existence-Consciousness-Bliss is the Self

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The doctrine that the world is made up of objects whose existence is independent of human consciousness turns out to be in conflict with quantum mechanics and with facts established by experiment.

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The highest force in existence is consciousness, and you are that.

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