Attention, Intention, and Will Will in quantum physics

05/12/2013 11:12

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 automatons, 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 yields 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] ...