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Is there room in quantum ontology for a genuine causal role for consciousness?

In E. Haven & A. Khrennikov (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Quantum Models in Social Science: Applications and Grand Challenges. London: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 293-317 (2017)

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