Quantum Theories of Consciousness

Authored by: Paavo Pylkkänen

The Routledge Handbook Of Consciousness

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138936218
eBook ISBN: 9781315676982
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…quantum consciousness theory offers not just a solution to the mind-body problem, or additionally, to the nature of life and of time… And it does not just solve the Agent-Structure and Explanation-Understanding problems, or explain quantum decision theory’s success in predicting otherwise anomalous behavior. What the theory offers is all of these things and more, and with them a unification of physical and social ontology that gives the human experience a home in the universe. With its elegance… comes not just extraordinary explanatory power, but extraordinary meaning, which at least this situated observer finds utterly lacking in the classical worldview. … I hope I have given you reason to suspend your belief that we really are just classical machines, and thus to suspend your disbelief in quantum consciousness long enough to try assuming it in your work. If you do, perhaps you will find your own home in the universe too.

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