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Consciousness and the Laws of Physics

Carroll, Sean M. (2021) Consciousness and the Laws of Physics. [Preprint]

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Abstract

We have a much better understanding of physics than we do of consciousness. I consider ways in which intrinsically mental aspects of fundamental ontology might induce modifications of the known laws of physics, or whether they could be relevant to accounting for consciousness if no such modifications exist. I suggest that our current knowledge of physics should make us skeptical of hypothetical modifications of the known rules, and that without such modifications it’s hard to imagine how intrinsically mental aspects could play a useful explanatory role.


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Carroll, Sean M.seancarroll@gmail.com0000-0002-4226-5758
Additional Information: Draft version of a paper submitted to Journal of Consciousness Studies, special issue responding to Philip Goff’s Galileo’s Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness.
Keywords: consciousness, physics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Depositing User: Dr. Sean M. Caroll
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2021 17:03
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2021 17:03
Item ID: 19311
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Date: 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19311

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