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Can Bohmian brains make minds? On shadows, puppets and zombies

Gao, Shan (2022) Can Bohmian brains make minds? On shadows, puppets and zombies. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In Bohmian mechanics, it is assumed that the physical state that determines the mental state of an observer is not the wave function but the configuration of the Bohmian particles. In this paper, I argue that the Bohmian particles are like shadows and puppets, and the Bohmian observers have no conscious minds and they are zombies when assuming that quantum entanglement plays no role in generating the conscious mind. It remains to be seen if Bohmian brains can make minds by rejecting this common assumption in neuroscience and philosophy of mind.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Gao, Shansgao7319@uni.sydney.edu.au
Keywords: Bohmian mechanics; mental state; wave function; Bohmian particles; observers; conscious mind; zombies; quantum entanglement
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Prof. Shan Gao
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2022 03:28
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2022 03:28
Item ID: 21113
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 31 August 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21113

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