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Physics, time and qualia

Verde, Clelia and Smolin, Lee and Cortes, Marina (2021) Physics, time and qualia. [Preprint]

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We suggest that four of the deepest problems in science are closely related and may share a common resolution. These are 1) the foundational problems in quantum theory, 2) the problem of quantum gravity, 3) the role of qualia and conscious awareness in nature, 4) the nature of time. We begin by proposing an answer to the question of what a quantum event is: an event is a process in which an aspect of the world which has been indefinite becomes definite. We build from this an architecture of the world in which qualia are real and consequential and time is active, fundamental and irreversible.

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Item Type: Preprint
Keywords: Qualia, quantum Closure, panpsychism
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Depositing User: Lee Smolin
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2021 19:00
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2021 19:00
Item ID: 19436
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Date: 24 July 2021

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