A quantum mechanical mind-body interaction

Bass L. (1975) A quantum mechanical mind-body interaction. Foundations of Physics, 5 1: 159-172. doi:10.1007/BF01100324

Author Bass L.
Title A quantum mechanical mind-body interaction
Journal name Foundations of Physics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0015-9018
Publication date 1975-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/BF01100324
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 5
Issue 1
Start page 159
End page 172
Total pages 14
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Subject 3100 Physics and Astronomy
Abstract The reduction of a quantum mechanical wave function by the entry of a datum into the consciousness of an observer is used, in a semirealistic neurochemical model, to bring about excitation of a nerve cell in that observer's central nervous system. It is suggested that mind can induce muscular movements by choosing to note data originating from specialized elements of the nervous system. Only the freedom to note or not to note a relevant datum is postulated for the observer's mind; the consequences of either choice are deterministic on the neural scale of events, so that quantum indeterminacy is consistent with physiological determinacy. The proposed mind-body coupling depends on the possibility of the biological evolution of a macroscopic device which has strikingly different neural correlates of its pure and mixed quantum states, respectively. An example of such a device is outlined in terms of components which are familiar from existing nervous systems.
Q-Index Code C1
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