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"Scientists other than quantum physicists often fail to comprehend the enormity of the conceptual change wrought by quantum theory in our basic conception of the nature of matter," writes Henry Stapp. Stapp is a leading quantum physicist who has given particularly careful thought to the implications of the theory that lies at the heart of modern physics. In this book, which contains several of his key papers as well as new material, he focuses on the problem of consciousness and explains how quantum mechanics allows causally effective conscious thought to be combined in a natural way with the physical brain made of neurons and atoms. The book is divided into four sections. The first consists of an extended introduction. Key foundational and somewhat more technical papers are included in the second part, together with a clear exposition of the "orthodox" interpretation of quantum mechanics. The third part addresses, in a non-technical fashion, the implications of the theory for some of the most profound questions that mankind has contemplated: How does the world come to be just what it is and not something else? How should humans view themselves in a quantum universe? What will be the impact on society of the revised scientific image of the nature of man? The final part contains a mathematical appendix for the specialist and a glossary of important terms and ideas for the interested layman. This third edition has been significantly expanded with two new chapters covering the author's most recent work.

This major collection of papers by one of the best known exponents of the puzzles and implications of quantum theory will apeal to anyone who wishes to explore the profound impact that quantum theory requires in our basic conception of the nature of matter.

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Stapp, a leading quantum physicist, has given particularly careful thought to the implications of the theory that lies at the heart of modern physics. In this collection of papers he focuses on the problem of consciousness. He discusses the Copenhagen interpretation, quantum propensities and the brain-mind connection, a quantum theory of the mind-brain interface, choice and meaning in the quantum universe, future achievements to be gained through science, a quantum conception of man, and quantum theory and the place of mind in nature. A glossary is included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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From the reviews of the second edition:

"The author develops new chapters on many findings of recent research on the mind-body problem as well as their extrapolation to new and difficult technical and social areas. The book is highly recommended to physicists, mathematicians, social scientists, and intelligent general readers." (Albert A. Mullin, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1087, 2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387562896
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction
1 ...and then a Miracle Occurs 3
2 A Quantum Theory of Consciousness 37
Pt. II Theory
3 The Copenhagen Interpretation 49
4 Mind, Matter, and Quantum Mechanics 79
5 Quantum Propensities and the Brain-Mind Connection 117
6 A Quantum Theory of the Mind-Brain Interface 145
Pt. III Implications
7 Mind, Matter, and Pauli 175
8 Choice and Meaning in the Quantum Universe 185
9 Future Achievements to Be Gained through Science 197
10 A Quantum Conception of Man 207
11 Quantum Theory and the Place of Mind in Nature 219
Pt. IV Appendices
A Mathematical Model 229
Glossary 233
Further References 243
Index 245
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