Consciousness in the light of quantum theory

In Prem Saran Satsangi, Stuart Hameroff, Vishal Sahni & Pami Dua (eds.), Consciousness: Integrating Eastern and Western Perspectives. New Delhi: New Age Books. pp. 23-34 (2016)
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This paper explores the theme “quantum approaches to consciousness” by considering the work of one of the pioneers in the field. The physicist David Bohm not only made important contributions to quantum physics, but also had a long-term interest in interpreting the results of quantum physics and relativity in order to develop a general world view. His idea was further that living and mental processes could be understood in a new, scientifically and philosophically more coherent way in the context of such a new world view. This paper gives a brief overview of different – and sometimes contradictory - aspects of Bohm’s research programme, and evaluates how they can be used to give an account of topics of interest in contemporary consciousness studies, such as analogies between thought and quantum processes, the problem of mental causation, the mind-body problem and the problem of time consciousness.



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