Mind Body and Quantum Mechanics

May 19 2017
11:30 am - 12:20 pm
Ash Auditorium

Mind Body and Quantum Mechanics

This presentation will discuss the following: 1) The causal closure of classical physics implies that consciousness in a classical physics brain can at best be epiphenomenal. 2) Quantum mechanics can break the causal closure of classical physics in two ways: measurement and a newly discovered Poised Realm. 3)  Kauffman suggests a new interpretation of non relativistic quantum mechanics, similar to Heisenberg, based on ontologically real possibles, Res potentia, and ontologically real actuals, Res extensa, linked by measurement. This proposal may account for non-locality. 4) Conscious experience may be associated with quantum measurement. He proposes experiments to test this. 5)  Entanglement may solve the “binding problem”.