Stuart Hameroff – Quantum Consciousness & Microtubules


Is the human brain powered solely by a collection of neurons and synapses, or could it be a vastly more powerful mechanism, harnessing quantum computing performed by microtubules inside our cells? Dr. Stuart Hameroff joins us to discuss the Orchestrated Objective Reduction (Orch-OR) model of consciousness.

About Our Guest

Stuart Hameroff is an American anesthesiologist and professor at the University of Arizona known for his studies of consciousness and his controversial contention that consciousness originates from quantum states in neural microtubules. He is the lead organizer of the Science of Consciousness conference.

Hameroff received his BS degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his MD degree from Hahnemann University Hospital, where he studied before it became part of the Drexel University College of Medicine. He took an internship at the Tucson Medical Center in 1973. From 1975 onwards, he has spent the whole of his career at the University of Arizona, becoming professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Psychology and director for the Center for Consciousness Studies, both in 1999, and finally Emeritus professor for Anesthesiology and Psychology in 2003.