Joined: April 2007
|She is not knowledgeable at all in the field of biology, TP.|
I agree, Joy's expertise appears to be more in understanding physics as opposed to biology. And, yes, she does have an unusual philosophical outlook (which she admits to).
What she brings to the table is the thought that it may be time to quit treating the different scientific disciplines as separate. Biologists can't continue to ignore General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics.
This concept is what drives Sir Rodger Penrose. Combining General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics results in some interesting conclusions. While many people don't like the implications, Penrose's OR quantum interpretation is testable and is being tested. So far, it has never been falsified. Penrose also provides verifiable equations, E=h/t may become the next E=mc^2. Penrose is making a specific proposal for the timing of quantum superposition collapse.
It is obvious that Penrose has convinced himself (and others) of the solidity of the basic OR quantum model long ago. Once he considered it a given, Penrose started to look in its implications. Its implications to the study of consciousness is potentially very profound. However, like Joy, Penrose wasn’t as strong in biology as physics. This resulted in Penrose teaming up with a scientist who has dedicated his professional life to the study of consciousness, Dr, Hameroff. The Orch OR model of consciousness was introduced about 10 years ago.
Joy claims to be a “professional fool”. Sometimes listening to fools allows you to think outside artificial barriers of thinking (“outside the box”).
P.S. for those interested here is the link to www.hameroff.com