4th Symposium of ECR – Quantum Physics and Consciousness

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - Wednesday, March 13, 2019

4th Symposium of Existential Consciousness Research1

Quantum Physics and Consciousness

The 4th Symposium of Existential Consciousness Research deals with the connection between quantum physics and consciousness. We invite experts from the fields of consciousness research, cognitive science, neurology, quantum physics, theoretical physics and parascience to enter dialogue with the following questions and areas in order to approach to the mystery of consciousness.

Among many others Deepak Chopra and Menas C. Kafatos wrote in an article: From Quantum Mechanics to Qualia Mechanicsi, that phenomena operate in the quantum world as well as consciousness and that complementarity, recursion and process or interactivity can be counted among the analogously characteristics of consciousness. At what level are such analogies tenable? Based on analogies, Ludwig v. Bertalanffyii investigated the distinction to homologies to find laws of living systems. The relation of system sciences to consciousness or quantum physics was suggested at that time by the holism, but not in connection with today’s knowledge. Görnitziii postulates the thesis of the fact of a so-called protyposis, a pre-given and meaningless source of information, whose formations can become quantum physical photons, material particles and meaningful consciousness. Marco Bischofiv has been working for years on an extension of field theories based on vacuum research, quantum phenomena and forms of energy. The principle of complementarity in a Generalized Quantum Theoryv was proposed by Harald Atmaspacher, Römer and Harald Walach, among others, and was deepened by Thilo Hinterbergervi, while Walter v. Lucadou and Harald Walachvii discussed homeopathy and paranormal phenomena with GQT in a fundamentally new way. All these areas lead to open questions:

On what empirical basis are further theses of quantum physical processes to be assumed for our perceptible reality? Is research into microtubules the solutionviii? Is the approximation of empiricism by other models more accessible, such as the Integration Information Theoryix or the neural networks? How can the size differences be coupled (general systems theory or synergetics) to connect a quantum physical level to an experience level? On which experiments can we build?

Participation of guests only by invitation or by initiative and confirmation.


09:00 Prof. Harald Walach: General Quantum Theory and phenomenal reality
10:30 Prof. Peter Mulacz: New thinking vs old thinking – Quantum inflation and illusions in Parapsychology
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Marcus Schmieke: Information, energy and consciousness
15:30 Prof. Hartmut Schröder: Information and exformation
with a contribution by Andreas Mascha: Exformation, depth of information and consciousness
17:00 Final discussion round of the day
18:00 End
20:00 Dinner

09:00 Dr. Walter v. Lucadou: Causality and entanglement in parapsychology and humanities
10:30 Dr. Marco Bischof: Quantum phenomena in biology
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Daniel Dick: Input and moderation for the final discussion
16:00 End


1 Further information on past events can be found at https://www.ecr-inst.com/de/event/ .

i Chopra, D., & Kafatos, M. C. (2016). From Quantum Mechanics to Qualia Mechanics. In Consciousness – Integrating Eastern and Western Perspectives (1st ed.). New Delhi: New Age Books.

ii Bertalanffy, L. von. (1969). General system theory : foundations, development, applications (Revised ed). George Braziller.

iii Görnitz, T., & Görnitz, B. (2016). Von der Quantenphysik zum Bewusstsein. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-49082-2

iv Bischof, M. (2005). Biophotonen : das Licht in unseren Zellen. Zweitausendeins.

Bischof, M. (2002). Tachyonen, Orgonenergie, Skalarwellen : feinstoffliche Felder zwischen Mythos und Wissenschaft. AT-Verl.

The research results of the combination of vacuum research, field theories and quantum physics have not yet been published.

v Atmanspacher H, Römer H, Walach H (2002) Weak quantum theory: complementarity and entanglement in physics and beyond. Found Phys 32(3):379–406

vi Hinterberger, T., & von Stillfried, N. (2013). The Concept of Complementarity and its Role in Quantum Entanglement and Generalized Entanglement. Axiomathes, 23(3), 443–459. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10516-012-9187-y

vii Walach, H., Von Lucadou, W., & Römer, H. (2014). Parapsychological phenomena as examples of generalized nonlocal correlations-a theoretical framework. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 28(4), 605–631.

viii Hagan, S., Hameroff, S.R., and Tuszynski, J.A., 2002, “Quantum computation in brain microtubules: Decoherence and biological feasibility,” Physical Review E, 65: 061901-1 to –

Hameroff, S.R., and Penrose, R., 1996, “Conscious events as orchestrated spacetime selections,” Journal of Consciousness Studies, 3(1): 36–53.

ix Tononi, G., & Koch, C. (2015). Consciousness: here, there and everywhere? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 370(1668), 20140167–20140167. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2014.0167

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