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Congratulations to Roger Penrose for winning the Nobel Prize in Physics 2020!

Congratulations to Roger Penrose for winning the Nobel Prize in Physics 2020!

We are happy to congratulate Sir Roger Penrose, University of Oxford, for winning the Nobel Prize in Physics 2020.

https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/physics/2020/press-release/

The diploma and medal are presented to Roger Penrose today, 8 December 2020, at the Swedish Ambassador’s Residence in London.

https://www.nobelprize.org/ceremonies/nobel-week-2020/

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences writes:

“Roger Penrose used ingenious mathematical methods in his proof that black holes are a direct consequence of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Einstein did not himself believe that black holes really exist, these super-heavyweight monsters that capture everything that enters them. Nothing can escape, not even light. In January 1965, ten years after Einstein’s death, Roger Penrose proved that black holes really can form and described them in detail; at their heart, black holes hide a singularity in which all the known laws of nature cease. His groundbreaking article is still regarded as the most important contribution to the general theory of relativity since Einstein.”

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We at the Forum for Consciousness Research are especially happy to congratulate Roger Penrose, because he has for many years had a strong interest in deep issues regarding the fundamental nature of consciousness, and their connections with deep issues in physics. He has proposed bold new ideas about ‘the quantum nature of consciousness’. I think it is fair to say that his radical ideas are highly controversial among most neuroscientists working is this field, but also highly inspiring and interesting. They remind us of how much is still unknown in science. It is inspiring that one of the great minds of our time regards the nature of consciousness as one of the deepest, unsolved scientific questions.

We hope to get back to these issues in future meetings in our Forum.

When Roger Penrose visited Oslo in 2016, I had the pleasure of discussing some of his ideas with him.  Part of our conversation was recorded by Torkel Jemterud from the Norwegian national broadcasting company, NRK, and will probably be broadcast within the next few weeks*.

-Johan F. Storm,  8 December 2020

On behalf of the Forum for Consciousness Research

Roger Penrose (left) with Prof. Snorre Christiansen (middle) and J.F. Storm (right) in Oslo, at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, in 2016.

*(An attached sound file gives a small sample of our conversation.)

University of Oslo, Department of Physiology, IMB

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