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Philosophy | Mind, Matter and the Implicate Order

Mind, Matter and the Implicate Order

Pylkkänen, Paavo T. I.

2007, XX, 270 p.

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Quantum theory predicts experimental results brilliantly but simultaneously raises difficult conceptual issues. Paradoxes such as Schrödinger’s cat, the EPR paradox, or the nonlocality demanded by Bell’s inequalities have hampered philosophers in their attempts to include quantum theory when discussing the relation between mind and matter. Pylkkänen proposes that Bohm’s alternative interpretation of quantum theory resolves these paradoxes and thus enables one to base new philosophical theories upon quantum physics. He uses Bohm’s concepts of "implicate order", "active information" and "soma-significance" as tools to tackle several well-known problems in the philosophy of mind. These include mental causation, the hard problem of consciousness, time consciousness, and virtual reality. Pylkkänen’s eclectic approach combines new physics-based insights with those of analytical philosophy, phenomenology, cognitive science and neuroscience and he proposes a view in which the mechanistic framework of classical physics and neuroscience is complemented by a more holistic underlying framework in which conscious experience finds its place more naturally.

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Keywords » Cognitive neuroscience - Consciousness studies - EPR paradox - Experiment - Mind - Neuroscience - Psychology - Quantum physics - cognitive science

Related subjects » Cognitive Psychology - Philosophy - Popular Science - Quantum Physics

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