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Consciousness and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

  1. Dec 13, 2009 #1
    Dear participants and visitors of a forum !

    By the present moment, very many publications on a subject "Consciousness and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics" have collected.

    It, first of all, concerns to "Many-worlds interpretation" and "Bohmian interpretation" :




    These interpretations were discussing at this forum often and in the details.

    However there is a doubt that the consciousness nature can be deduced from quantum physics standings on a scientific basis.

    Therefore I suggest to consider these materials:

    http://www.neuroquantology.com/repository/index.php?option=com_sobi2&catid=2&Itemid=66 [Broken]






    Keyword: consciousness http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consciousness

    Also, dear participants and visitors of a forum, I ask that you excused me - my English is bad. I am from Ukraine.
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  3. Dec 28, 2009 #2
  4. Dec 29, 2009 #3


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    Kristof Koch (who studies consciousness at the neural level) does not deny that in a reductionist way, qm is responsible for consciousness. However, he's disputes the claims of people like Penrose who propose that consciousness itself is quantum mechanical in nature.

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  5. Dec 30, 2009 #4
    Kristof Koch admits the existence of the 'hard problem', but believes that by understanding the 'easy problem' the solution to the hard problem will become clear. However I haven't seen him give any argument as to why this is the case.
  6. Dec 30, 2009 #5


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    Sorry, Christof Koch. But yeah, I haven't seen that explanation either.
  7. Dec 30, 2009 #6
    Can there really be a philosophical explanation for quantum mechanics?
  8. Dec 31, 2009 #7
    This is a general principle. If you were operating under the premise of say, a flat earth, your ability to explain the motion of stellar bodies is going to severely limited. Or say, trying to understand quantum phenomenon without undertstanding newtonian physics.
  9. Dec 31, 2009 #8
    The hard problem of consciousness is considered by most people to be fundamentally insolvable within the current scientific method. No amount of knowledge of the material interactions in the brain can explain the existence of the immaterial qualia. And Kristof Koch accepts the existence of these immaterial qualia.
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  11. Sep 25, 2010 #10
    Here's a link:
    http://www.ctns.org/books.html" [Broken]
    Click on the "Quantum Mechanics" book icon, and then on the right hand frame "Chiao"
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  12. Sep 25, 2010 #11
    If I remember rightly, he's used the analogy of DNA: how could something as unassuming as this molecule once appeared lead to the miracle of life? The moral being that the answer eventually came by careful study of the details, rather than by abstract pondering.
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