Synthese 197 (9):3947-3967 (2020)

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Elias Okon
National Autonomous University of Mexico
Miguel Angel Sebastian
National Autonomous University of Mexico
Abstract
Ever since the early days of quantum mechanics it has been suggested that consciousness could be linked to the collapse of the wave function. However, no detailed account of such an interplay is usually provided. In this paper we present an objective collapse model where the collapse operator depends on integrated information, which has been argued to measure consciousness. By doing so, we construct an empirically adequate scheme in which superpositions of conscious states are dynamically suppressed. Unlike other proposals in which “consciousness causes the collapse of the wave function,” our model is fully consistent with a materialistic view of the world and does not require the postulation of entities suspicious of laying outside of the quantum realm.
Keywords Quantum mechanics  Consciousness  Wave function  zeno effect   Continuous Spontaneous Localization Model
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-018-1887-4
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