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Physics - Quantum Physics | Mind, Matter, and Quantum Mechanics

Mind, Matter, and Quantum Mechanics

Stapp, Henry P.

1993, XIII, 249 p.

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"Scientists other than quantum physicists often fail to comprehend the enormity of the conceptual change wrought by quantum theory in our basic conception of the nature of matter," writes Henry Stapp. Stapp is a leading quantum physicist who has given particularly careful thought to the implications of the theory that lies at the heart of modern physics. In this book, which contains several of his key papers as well as new material, he focuses on the problem of consciousness and explains how quantum mechanics allows causally effective conscious thought to be combined in a natural way with the physical brain made of neurons and atoms. The book is divided into four sections. The first consists of an extended introduction. Key foundational and somewhat more technical papers are included in the second part, together with a clear exposition of the "orthodox" interpretation of quantum mechanics. The third part addresses, in a non-technical fashion, the implications of the theory for some of the most profound questions that mankind has contemplated: How does the world come to be just what it is and not something else? How should humans view themselves in a quantum univer

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Bewusstsein - Mind-Brain Problem - Quantenmechanik - Quantum mechanics - Wissenschaftsphilosophie - consciousness explained - mind-brain problem - philosophy of science

Related subjects » History & Philosophical Foundations of Physics - Philosophy - Quantum Physics

Table of contents 

I Introduction.- 1 ... and then a Miracle Occurs.- 2 A Quantum Theory of Consciousness.- II Theory.- 3 The Copenhagen Interpretation.- 4 Mind, Matter, and Quantum Mechanics.- 5 Quantum Propensities and the Brain-Mind Connection.- 6 A Quantum Theory of the Mind-Brain Interface.- III Implications.- 7 Mind, Matter, and Pauli.- 8 Choice and Meaning in the Quantum Universe.- 9 Future Achievements to Be Gained through Science.- 10 A Quantum Conception of Man.- 11 Quantum Theory and the Place of Mind in Nature.- IV Appendices.- A Mathematical Model.- Further References.

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