Attention, Intention and Will in Quantum Physics

08/11/2013 06:57

by Henry Stapp

Stapp starts by taking the view that the mind/matter problem represents a conflict between classical physics and our own intuitions. In classical physics we have to be automaton, while our intuition tells us that we are in charge of our actions. The dominant paradigm in neuroscience and philosophy is based on classical physics, and attempts to explain away the intuition of free will. Stapp, however, thinks it is necessary to bring in a form of quantum theory, which emphasises the importance of the observer. This allows a theory that is much closer to our intuitions. The need for a self-observing quantum system to ask particular questions produces a causal opening for mind/brain dynamics. [Read more] ...