Dr. Kafatos joins fellow scholars in Philoctetes Center discussion

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Dr. Menas Kafatos

What is the nature of reality, and is there an ultimate reality? Will there be a day when consciousness can be explained in the language of physics and mathematics?

Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., dean of the Schmid College of Science and professor in the School of Computational Sciences, was among a select group of scientists discussing such lofty questions at a recent roundtable hosted by The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of the Imagination, a non-profit organization in New York City dedicated to nurturing provocative conversations about a variety of topics, from the sciences to the arts.

“It made you think because these are deep questions,” Dr. Kafatos said of the event, held Jan. 29.

Moderating “The Nature of Reality” panel was Deepak Chopra, and other panelists included
Mark Alford
, professor of theoretical physics at Washington University in St. Louis;
Stuart Firestein
, professor of neurobiology and chair of the department of biological sciences at Columbia University; and
Stuart Hameroff
, professor of anesthesiology and psychology and director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona. .

The Center creates and supports projects, public forums, research and information gathering which foster cooperation and dialogue among diverse disciplines. To view the panel in its entirety, visit
The Philoctetes Center’s website.

Dawn Bonker

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