Neither idealism nor materialism: A reply to Snyder

Journal of Mind and Behavior 303 (2):303-307 (1990)

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Avshalom C. Elitzur
Tel Aviv University
Abstract
Lack of distinction between the formalism of quantum mechanics and its various interpretations leads to some popular misrepresentations. As long as none of the interpretations can present an unambiguous empirical validation, their status remains purely philosophical. These arguments are shown to apply to Snyder's claims. Next it is shown that Snyder's critcism does not address the main points in the argument concerning the physical impact of consciousness. The reply concludes with some reflections on methodology in the search for a physical theory of consciousness
Keywords Idealism  Materialism  Metaphysics  Quantum Mechanics
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