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Quantum Theory and the Relation between the Conscious Mind and the Physical World

Euan J. Squires
Synthese
Vol. 97, No. 1 (Oct., 1993), pp. 109-123
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20117831
Page Count: 15
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Quantum Theory and the Relation between the Conscious Mind and the Physical World
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Abstract

The measurement problem of quantum theory is discussed, and the difficulty of trying to solve it within the confines of a local, Lorentz-invariant physics is emphasised. This leads to the obvious suggestion to seek a solution beyond physics, in particular, by introducing the concept of consciousness. The resulting dualistic model, in the natural form suggested by quantum theory, is shown to differ in several respects from the classical model of Descartes, and to suggest solutions to some of the long-standing problems concerning the relation of consciousness to the physical world.

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