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A quantum physical argument for panpsychism

Gao, Shan (2011) A quantum physical argument for panpsychism. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    It has been widely thought that consciousness has no causal efficacy in the physical world. However, this may be not the case. In this paper, we show that a conscious being can distinguish definite perceptions and their quantum superpositions, while a physical measuring system without consciousness cannot distinguish such nonorthogonal quantum states. The possible existence of this distinct quantum physical effect of consciousness may have interesting implications for the science of consciousness. In particular, it suggests that consciousness is not emergent but a fundamental feature of the universe. This may provide a possible quantum basis for panpsychism.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Forthcoming in Journal of Consciousness Studies
    Keywords: consciousness, causal efficacy, quantum superposition, quantum-to-classical transition, panpsychism
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
    Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
    Depositing User: Mr. Shan Gao
    Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2011 18:16
    Last Modified: 17 Feb 2013 10:28
    Item ID: 8749
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8749

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