"This is due to a variety of factors, focused around the fact that disruption [...] frequently comes out of left field -- from someone that people didn't even think was a 'competitor.'"
What he said. My work on "quanta & consciousness" was the subject of sci-fi until Penrose came along and made it somewhat respectable.
Fast-forward to June, 2011, when 'Nature' came out with an article on the "Physics of life: The dawn of quantum biology."
Today, googling "quantum biology" fetches up to 40 million hits, including one to a pretty good scientific panel featuring a prominent figure in quantum computation.
When asked about quantum theory and the mind, he replied with a superior smirk, saying that consciousness is the 'C' word. And that was that.
I recalled that I'd first heard this quip 30 years ago from Gell-Mann, who also seemed to think that a joke serves in place of an argument. Remarkable in the chronicles of comedy, this little witticism seems to have lost none of its luster, notwithstanding decades of repetition.
Happily, my own work was not restrained by convention, which is another way of saying I don't give a crap about what most people think -- if that is not too strong a word.
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