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On Dualistic Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics

Monton, Bradley (2000) On Dualistic Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Dualistic interpretations attempt to solve the measurement problem of quantum mechanics by postulating the existence of non-physical minds, and by giving a suitable dynamical equation for how these minds evolve. I consider the relative merits of three extant dualistic interpretations (Albert and Loewer’s single-mind and many-minds interpretations, and Squires’ interpretation), and I defend Squires’ interpretation as preferable to the Albert/Loewer interpretations. I also argue that, for all three of these interpretations, the minds evolve independently of the physical universe, and hence render the physical universe otiose; the interpretations are better viewed as supporting not dualism, but mental monism.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: consciousness, quantum mechanics
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Bradley Monton
    Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2006
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:14
    Item ID: 2913
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2913

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