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Mathematical Physicist Roger Penrose at Stellenbosch University

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« on: August 10, 2009, 18:15:03 PM »

Prof Roger Penrose will be giving a public lecture at Stellenbosch University on 11 August 2009.

Title: Aeons Before the Big Bang?

Further details here.
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2009, 19:11:49 PM »

Great! Wish I could be there Undecided.

Now if only someone could ask Sir Roger Penrose whether "The whole quantum-consciousness model is one big argument from ignorance!" like some wish to assert.
Someone should also ask him if it is testable as well because some seem hell-bent on asserting "we can’t even begin to speak of testable consequences.".
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2009, 19:25:09 PM »

Great! Wish I could be there Undecided.

Now if only someone could ask Sir Roger Penrose whether "The whole quantum-consciousness model is one big argument from ignorance!" like some wish to assert.
Someone should also ask him if it is testable as well because some seem hell-bent on asserting "we can’t even begin to speak of testable consequences.".


I dunno, man. If my decoder is working right, it seems that Penrose would do well to go to listen to "Geloof, Bygeloof en Ander Wensdenkery: Perspektiewe op Ontdekkings en Irrasionaliteite" by Prof. George Claassen as Bullitt has kindly announced. "Quantum collapse in brain = samey samey consciousness" sounds like "wensdenkery" to me LOL!
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2009, 19:34:12 PM »

Oh, but given sufficient conviction and determination, you very much can be there to ask those questions, though I don’t see the point.  There’s a very good reason why peer review is an integral part of the scientific method.  Since he dedicated about 580 pages of popular exposition to it in 1989, Penrose’s answers to those questions about his own pet theory would be almost – but not quite – as predictable as the answers to asking Mechanist whether “intelligent design is one big argument from ignorance” or whether “teleology has testable consequences and is therefore a model worth considering.”

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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2009, 21:09:09 PM »

Cute. Survivor Mendacity pops in to make a dull point. Cute.
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2009, 10:28:35 AM »

Thanks for letting us know. Will be there.
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2009, 12:34:59 PM »

Was able to attend yesterday. The talk was about his new theory "Aeons Before the Big Bang?"
Probably similar to this one:
http://smartech.gatech.edu/handle/1853/27632
http://smartech.gatech.edu/bitstream/1853/27632/1/penrose1.mp4
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2009, 12:40:53 PM »

Was able to attend yesterday.

What did you think of the talk BGV?  He is an excellent speaker.  Even enjoyed his use of the old-school transparencies.  Certainly the best use of them that I have seen.  He managed to explain complex concepts in a simple manner.  But I have to admit, it was still a way above my intelligence/knowledge.
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