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Do quantum observers have minds?

Gao, Shan (2022) Do quantum observers have minds? [Preprint]

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Abstract

In collapse theories of quantum mechanics, there are observers who are in a superposition of brain states with different perceptions. This paper presents a no-go result for such quantum observers. It is shown that the following three assumptions: (1) quantum observers have minds, (2) continuity of psychophysical connection, and (3) functionalism for mental content are incompatible. Possible implications of this result are also briefly discussed.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Gao, Shansgao7319@uni.sydney.edu.au
Keywords: collapse theories; quantum observers; continuity of psychophysical connection; functionalism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Prof. Shan Gao
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2022 12:50
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2022 12:50
Item ID: 21082
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 22 August 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21082

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