Latest publication: Biological Observer-Participation and Wheeler's 'Law without Law'
Follow this link for sundry Mind-Matter Unification Project video lectures, including:
- Life, Extended Mind, and Fundamental Physics
- Shifting Assumptions in Science: video extracts from the July 2008 Hokkaido Symposium
- Lecture: Which Way for Physics?
- Andrea Rossi's 'E-cat' nuclear reactor: a video FAQ
Welcome to the home page of Professor Brian Josephson, director of the Mind-Matter Unification Project of the Theory of Condensed Matter Group at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, a project concerned primarily with the attempt to understand, from the viewpoint of the theoretical physicist, what may loosely be characterised as intelligent processes in nature, associated with brain function or with some other natural process. Project members: Brian Josephson, Takeo Oku, Plamen L. Simeonov.
'From the viewpoint of the theoretical physicist' here means that there is a particular concern with general principles and the way these may help to reshape one's perspective on a problem. One of my guiding principles, also, has been the scientist's motto 'Take nobody's word for it' (nullius in verba), a corollary of which is that if scientists as a whole denounce an idea this should not necessarily be taken as proof that the said idea is absurd: rather, one should examine carefully the alleged grounds for such opinions and judge how well these stand up to detailed scrutiny.
- Why misconduct allegations against Rusi Taleyarkhan, highlighted by Nature's correspondent Eugenie Reich, were dismissed. As yet, Reich has failed to respond to a letter drawing her attention to the 'Inconvenient Truths' exposed by the Journal and Courier article.
- The New Energy Times detailed report on the Taleyarkhan affair. The objectivity of this report contrasts strikingly with the agenda-driven character of the reports published in Nature.
- (video lecture) Can the Physicists' Description of Reality be Considered Complete?
- Nature is on the attack again, declaring 'being a worthwhile story' sufficient justification for the publication of serious allegations that it cannot substantiate. Details; correspondence with Editor.
- The propagandising activities of the anti-paranormal organisation CSICOP come to light through a recent TV programme. Among other things, an experimental outcome whose probability of occurring by chance was less than one in 50 was characterised by the sceptical investigators as "more consistent with chance guessing". Details
- How we might be able to understand the brain (paper presented at the International Conference on Complex Systems 2004, Boston, MA, together with video interview and PowerPoint presentation)
- A Physics World profile explains the background to the project and other things.
- Abstractions and the Brain (talk given at the Complex Systems Conference, Messina, December 2001)
- Cold Fusion politics (revised June 9, 2004). Anyone wondering whether cold fusion is a real phenomenon, or merely erroneous science, should study this talk by Charles Beaudette
- Unusually, the administrators of the physics archive at arXiv.org rapidly deleted a paper successfully deposited in the archive, perhaps as a reflex response to the fact that the paper concerned reviewed research in cold fusion. As a service to the scientific community, this 37-page review by Edmund Storms is being made available on this web site. It is suggested that serious scientific comments on the review, by those registered for depositing papers in the archive, be deposited in the cond-mat section, with crosslinking to nucl-ex and a link to the original review (here). However, there can be no guarantee that such contributions will not be deleted from the archive as was the review itself.
[Note: it is not the intention to include poor research on these web pages. If anyone feels there are problems with the review concerned which are not cleared up through correspondence with the author, would they please let me know at the email address below (no complaints received so far at Oct. 25th., 2004)]
- relationships between quantum mechanics, observer mechanisms and mind processes
- relationships between quantum mechanics and the paranormal
- the cognitive significance of musical themes
- arguments for there being limits to the universality of quantum mechanics
The publications list has been reorganised. It is now divided into categories and is no longer split between two servers.
Information of topical or other special interest is included on this page.
- Scientists attack suggestion, in an official Royal Mail publication connected with its Nobel centenary stamps, that telepathy might be explicable on the basis of quantum theory
- the text concerned and its origins
- theoretical aspects
- the attacks published in Nature and in the Observer
- responses by myself and by Royal Mail
- the matter is debated on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, October 2, 2001 (2MB mp3 audio file)
- have the critics overreached themselves: is this the beginning of the end for a situation where the paranormal is, to all intents and purposes, a forbidden topic of discussion in science?
- other paranormal links
- commercial secrecy leads to bridge engineers not being aware that people push sideways (as well as downwards) when they walk: a New Scientist report (no longer available for public access)
- "Load testing of a new design is extremely rare. Bridges are built to the codes developed by the great and the good ..."; article by Andy Beckett
- Is homeopathy nonsense? (and why it may not be)
A selection of publications, and other activities of the Mind-Matter Unification Project follows:
- An integrated theory of nervous system functioning embracing nativism and constructivism
- A Generative Approach to the Understanding of Cognitive Skills (with N.A. Baas)
- The 1982 Josephson/Blair theory of language acquisition (previously unpublished)
- The Truth of Science (book review)
- some comet pictures including comet Hale-Bopp viewed from Cambridge, April 15th., 1997
Major journal's attempts to mislead its readers regarding evidence for parapsychology
- A recent issue of Nature admits (page 564 of the Apr. 9th. 1998 issue) the existence of a minor error that the journal introduced during the process of editing a parapsychology book review. But it remains silent about the more significant fact that when a misunderstanding of the reviewer is corrected the main basis of his criticism of the book in question disappears. Details
- Update of Aug. 14, 1998: the journal backs down under pressure and, after eight months delay, publishes a correction (page 413 of the 30 July 1998 issue).
Drei Türme, Rätikon Alps, Austria, drawing by Carol Josephson (smaller version, 290 x 392 pixels, available)
- Swaledale sheep in Lake District, by Carol Josephson
- music by Brian Josephson
- music from Miranda Josephson at Myspace, YouTube (videos), and efolkmusic.org
- poems by Mimi Josephson (1911-1998)