Mindful Universe: Quantum Mechanics and the Participating by Henry P. Stapp

By Henry P. Stapp

The classical mechanistic thought of nature that prevailed in technological know-how through the eighteenth and 19th centuries was once an basically senseless notion: the bodily defined facets of nature have been asserted to be thoroughly made up our minds by way of past bodily defined points by myself, with our unsleeping stories getting into in basic terms passively. through the 20th century the classical innovations have been came across to be insufficient. within the new idea, quantum mechanics, our unsleeping stories input into the dynamics in unique methods no longer mounted via the bodily defined features by myself. results of this radical swap in our knowing of the relationship among brain and mind are defined. This moment version comprises new chapters investigating the position of quantum phenomena within the challenge of loose will and within the placebo effect.

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Mindful Universe: Quantum Mechanics and the Participating Observer

The classical mechanistic proposal of nature that prevailed in technology in the course of the eighteenth and 19th centuries used to be an basically senseless notion: the bodily defined elements of nature have been asserted to be thoroughly made up our minds via earlier bodily defined facets by myself, with our wakeful studies coming into purely passively.

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However, many psychologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers who intended to stay in tune with the basic precepts of physics became locked to the ideas of nineteenth century physicists and failed to acknowledge or recognize the jettisoning by twentieth century physicists of classical materialism and the principle of the causal closure of the physical. Thus while the physicists were bringing effects attributed to the conscious intentions of human agents into the dynamical description of the physically described world, mainline psychologists, embracing behaviorism, sought to remove such features even from psychology, and most philosophers of mind followed suit.

However, empirical evidence about what is actually happening at the trillions of synapses on the billions of neurons in a conscious brain is virtually nonexistent, and, according to the uncertainty principle, empirical evidence is in principle unable to justify the claim that deterministic behavior actually holds in the brain at the microscopic (ionic) scale. Thus the claim that classical determinism holds in living brains is empirically indefensible: sufficient evidence neither does, nor can in principle, exist.

Pashler emphasizes (p. 33) that “the empirical findings of attention studies specifically argue for a distinction between perceptual limitations and more central limitations involved in thought and the planning of action”. The existence of these two different processes, with different characteristics, is a principal theme of Pashler’s book (pp. 33, 263, 293, 317, 404) Orthodox quantum theory also features two separate processes. Quantum theory, applied to the mind–brain system, in accordance with von Neumann’s formulation, involves, first, the unconscious mechanical brain process called process 2.

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