Quantum physics and consciousness pdf
Quantum Measurement, Consciousness, and the Soul: a New, Alternative Position | SpringerLinkActivitas Nervosa Superior. It starts from a first person viewpoint, which may be characterized as Rational German existentialism, in the spirit of Goethe, Von Neumann, Heisenberg, and Raiffa. It rejects the idea that quantum measurement has any connection to the emergent phenomena of consciousness or the soul. Further work building on this foundation rejects the classic formulation of noosphere from De Chardin and Vernadsky, but proposes that an entire species of noospheres permeating our cosmos is plausible under 1 and 2 , and may in fact be the most plausible basis for explaining veridical weird experience for those of us who find it inescapable. It is well known in neuroscience that intense hormones usually suppress the higher centers of the brain, causing something of a regression in thought and in behavior. At present, this phenomenon is especially visible in politics, where people are driven to extreme, emotional polarization, in a way which couples policy issues together in ways which make no sense objectively.
The Emerging Physics of Consciousness
This article examines the relevance of quantum mechanics QM to the free will debate. First, it outlines how QM involves three features potentially of relevance to free will, namely indeterminism, nonlocality, and what may be called observer-participation. Second, it looks at interpretations of QM that might be seen as restoring determinism to physics, namely the many-worlds interpretation and the Bohm interpretation. Third, it considers some objections that have been raised to the notion that QM is relevant to free will. It concludes with some of the author's own thoughts. Keywords: quantum mechanics , indeterminism , nonlocality , observer-participation , many-worlds interpretation , Bohm interpretation , Roger Penrose , Henry Sapp , John Eccles.
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The von Neumann—Wigner interpretation , also described as " consciousness causes collapse [of the wave function]", is an interpretation of quantum mechanics in which consciousness is postulated to be necessary for the completion of the process of quantum measurement. In the orthodox Copenhagen interpretation , quantum mechanics predicts only the probabilities for different outcomes of pre-specified observations. What constitutes an "observer" or an "observation" is not directly specified by the theory, and the behavior of a system upon observation is completely different than its usual behavior: the wavefunction that describes a system spreads out into an ever-larger superposition of different possible situations. However, during observation, the wavefunction describing the system collapses to one of several options. If there is no observation, this collapse does not occur, and none of the options ever becomes less likely. It can be predicted using quantum mechanics, absent a collapse postulate, that an observer observing a quantum superposition will turn into a superposition of different observers seeing different things. The observer will have a wavefunction which describes all the possible outcomes.