In 1976 Stephen Hawking proposed that information may be lost from our universe as a pure quantum state collapses gravitationally into a black hole, which then evaporates completely into a mixed state of thermal radiation. Although this proposal is controversial, it is tempting to consider analogous processes that might occur in certain theories of consciousness. For example, one might postulate that independent degrees of freedom be ascribed to the mental world to help explain the feeling of a correlation between one's desires and one's choice of actions. If so, one might ask whether information in the physical world can be lost to such postulated degrees of freedom in the mental world. Or, one might hypothesize that the mental world can affect the physical world by modifying the quantum action for the physical world in a coordinate-invariant way (analogous to the alpha parameters in wormhole theory).