A Trans-Temporal Approach to Mind-Brain Interaction

San Francisco BI Conference – February 16,1990 / (901)

Presented before a gathering that included "sixteen eminent scientists including three Nobel laureats," Thompson's talk addressed contentions involving free will and the laws of physics. He proposes a dualistic approach influenced by concepts emerging from deterministic chaos theory, which can help illustrate how matter affected by consciousness could violate the laws of physics without violating the conservation of energy principle. By introducing the mathematical application known as global non-linear optimization, he suggests that “will” can act in a fashion similar to a sub-atomic constraint, which then automatically affects the workings of nature.

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