Consciousness and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

In summary, Kristof Koch 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.
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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" :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Many-worlds_interpretation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Broglie–Bohm_theory

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/qm-bohm/

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

http://www.quantum-mind.co.uk/

http://philpapers.org/browse/consciousness-and-the-interpretation-of-quantum-mechanics

http://philpapers.org/browse/quantum-mechanisms-of-consciousness

http://consc.net/online/8.9a

http://consc.net/online/8.9b

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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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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B2180I8b5Q
 
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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.
 
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Sorry, Christof Koch. But yeah, I haven't seen that explanation either.
 
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Can there really be a philosophical explanation for quantum mechanics?
 
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madness said:
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.

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.
 
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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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http://e-learning.onu.edu.ua/stati/igor-v-limar-synchronicity-phenomena-by-c-g-jung-perspectives-of-study-and-possible-psychophysiological-substantiation.html
Directions of researches, considering in any event the complex of phenomena specified in terminology of analytical psychology author, Carl G. Jung, as “synchronicity phenomena”, were considered. On the basis of available data the original concept was proposed, which could make it possible to provide a theoretical basis, interpreting observations of famous researchers, including from the psychophysiology position. Interdisciplinary approach is applied in this material taking into consideration state-of-the-art progress of the modern science
 
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qedprigmosyno said:
Can there really be a philosophical explanation for quantum mechanics?
Here's a link:
http://www.ctns.org/books.html"
Click on the "Quantum Mechanics" book icon, and then on the right hand frame "Chiao"
 
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madness said:
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.

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.
 

Related to Consciousness and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

1. What is the relationship between consciousness and quantum mechanics?

The relationship between consciousness and quantum mechanics is a highly debated topic in the scientific community. Some scientists propose that consciousness plays a fundamental role in the interpretation of quantum mechanics, while others argue that it is simply a byproduct of neural activity in the brain. There is currently no consensus on the exact nature of this relationship.

2. Can consciousness affect the behavior of quantum particles?

There is no scientific evidence to support the idea that consciousness can directly affect the behavior of quantum particles. While some interpretations of quantum mechanics suggest that the act of observation or measurement can influence the behavior of particles, this does not necessarily require consciousness.

3. How does the observer effect relate to consciousness and quantum mechanics?

The observer effect refers to the idea that the act of observation or measurement can change the behavior of quantum particles. This effect is often used to support the idea that consciousness plays a fundamental role in the interpretation of quantum mechanics. However, it is important to note that the observer effect can also be explained by other factors such as the interaction between the measuring apparatus and the particles.

4. Is there a scientific explanation for consciousness?

There is currently no universally accepted scientific explanation for consciousness. While some scientists propose that it may emerge from complex neural activity in the brain, others argue that it may be a fundamental aspect of the universe. The study of consciousness remains a topic of ongoing research and debate in the scientific community.

5. How does the concept of superposition relate to consciousness?

Superposition is a key concept in quantum mechanics that refers to the ability of particles to exist in multiple states simultaneously. Some interpretations of quantum mechanics suggest that consciousness is responsible for collapsing this superposition into a single state. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this idea and it remains a topic of debate and speculation.

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