Consciousness in the Universe: Quantum Physics, Evolution, Brain & Mind

May 5, 2011
author |
Roger Penrose, Stuart Hameroff
year published |

Consciousness in the Universe book cover

Amazon | Is consciousness an epiphenomenal happenstance of this particular universe? Or does the very concept of a universe depend upon its presence? Does consciousness merely perceive reality, or does reality depend upon it? Did consciousness simply emerge as an effect of evolution? Or was it, in some sense, always out there in the world?


  • Evolution and origin of consciousness
  • Consciousness and quantum measurement
  • Brain, biology and consciousness
  • Altered states, dreams and near-death experiences
  • Free will, causality, determinism, and time-symmetric physics
  • The role of quantum information, entanglement, and non-locality
  • The anthropic principle in speculative and fundamental physics
  • Consciousness and reality in Eastern and Western philosophy
  • Consciousness in sexual reproduction as an evolutionary drive
  • Non-human consciousness