Mind, Matter and Quantum Mechanics

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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

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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 new edition has been updated and extended to address recent debates about consciousness.

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  • ISBN-13: 9783540407614
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/7/2004
  • Series: The Frontiers Collection
  • Edition description: 2nd ed.
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 297
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction
1 ... and then a Miracle Occurs 3
2 A Quantum Theory of Consciousness 39
Pt. II Theory
3 The Copenhagen Interpretation 51
4 Mind, Matter, and Quantum Mechanics 81
5 Quantum Propensities and the Brain-Mind Connection 119
6 A Quantum Theory of the Mind-Brain Interface 147
Pt. III Implications
7 Mind, Matter, and Pauli 177
8 Choice and Meaning in the Quantum Universe 187
9 Future Achievements to Be Gained through Science 199
10 A Quantum Conception of Man 209
11 Quantum Theory and the Place of Mind in Nature 221
Pt. IV New Developments and Future Visions
12 Neuroscience, Atomic Physics, and the Human Person 231
13 Societal Ramifications of the New Scientific Conception of Human Beings 265
Pt. V Appendices
A Mathematical Model 275
Glossary 279
Further References 289
Index 291
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