Postmaterialist science assumes that science can be extended to accommodate consciousness and associated mental and spiritual experiences. This should entail some form of postmaterialist physics, going beyond classical and quantum physics, and indeed this is already a feature of some grand unified theories. This dialogue brings together two researchers who are developing different but complementary approaches along these lines. Dr Doug Matzke proposes that information underpins the extended physics and argues that a bit-physics universal simulation engine is built on space-like hyperspaces and proto-time. Dr Bernard Carr also invokes the notion of higher dimensions and argues that an extended view of space and time is required to describe both ordinary and extraordinary mental phenomena. Both approaches point to a deeper post-materialist reality, going beyond conventional physics, in which mind plays a crucial role.
Professor Bernard Carr is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London. For his PhD he studied the first second of the universe with Stephen Hawking at Cambridge University and Caltech. He then held Research Fellowships at Trinity College and the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge before moving to Queen Mary in 1985. His professional area of research is cosmology and astrophysics and includes such topics as the early universe, black holes, dark matter and the anthropic principle. He is the author of around 300 papers and the books Universe or Multiverse? and Quantum Black Holes. He is President of the Scientific and Medical Network and a former President of the Society for Psychical Research.
Dr. Doug Matzke is a prolific scientist, researcher, and presenter in his areas of expertise about limits of computation, hyperdimensional mathematics, neuro-computing, quantum computing, real intelligence, and metaphysics. During his 45-year career, he was chairman of two PhysComp ’92/’94 workshops, contributed to fifteen disclosed patents with eight granted, has published more than fifty papers and presentations, and earned a PhD in Quantum Computing. Doug has adopted the moniker of “Quantum Doug” because he combines these deep-reality subjects as the source science beneath his quantum mind-based model of humanity.