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A Consciousness-Based Quantum Objective Collapse Model

Okon, Elias and Sebastián, Miguel Ángel (2018) A Consciousness-Based Quantum Objective Collapse Model. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Ever since the early days of quantum mechanics it has been suggested that consciousness could be linked to the collapse of the wave function. However, no detailed account of such an interplay is usually provided. In this paper we present an objective collapse model (a variation of the Continuous Spontaneous Location model) where the collapse operator depends on integrated information, which has been argued to measure consciousness. By doing so, we construct an empirically adequate scheme in which superpositions of conscious states are dynamically suppressed. Unlike other proposals in which "consciousness causes the collapse of the wave function," our model is fully consistent with a materialistic view of the world and does not require the postulation of entities suspicious of laying outside of the quantum realm.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Okon, Eliaseokon@filosoficas.unam.mx
Sebastián, Miguel Ángelmsebastian@gmail.com
Keywords: Measurement problem; Objective collapse; Dynamical reduction; Consciousness; Collapse of the wave function; Integrated information theory.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Biology > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Elias Okon
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2018 20:50
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2018 20:50
Item ID: 14896
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Biology > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 23 July 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14896

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