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Is there room in quantum ontology for a genuine causal role of consciousness?
University of Skövde, School of Bioscience. University of Skövde, The Systems Biology Research Centre. Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, Academy of Finland Center of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (TINT), University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. (Kognitiv Neurovetenskap och Filosofi, Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7838-8293
2017 (English)In: The Palgrave Handbook of Quantum Models in Social Science: Applications and Grand Challenges / [ed] Emmanuel Haven and Andrei Khrennikov, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 293-317 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Western philosophy and science have a strongly dualistic tradition regarding the mental and physical aspects of reality, which makes it difficult to understand their possible causal relations. In recent debates in cognitive neuroscience it has been common to claim on the basis of neural experiments that conscious experiences are causally inefficacious. At the same time there is much evidence that consciousness does play an important role in guiding behavior. The author explores whether a new way of understanding the causal role of mental states and consciousness could be provided by the ontological interpretation of the quantum theory (Bohm and Hiley, Phys. Rep. 144:323–348, 1987; Bohm and Hiley, The undivided universe: An ontological interpretation of quantum theory. Routledge: London, 1993). This interpretation radically changes our notion of matter by suggesting that a new type of active information plays a causal role at the quantum level of reality. The author thus considers to what extent the alleged causal powers of consciousness involve information, and then moves on to consider whether information in (conscious) mental states can be connected to the information at the level of quantum physics. In this way he sketches how quantum theory might help to throw light upon one of the grand challenges facing the social sciences and the humanities, namely the question of whether consciousness plays any genuine causal role in the physical world.

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 293-317 p.
Keyword [en]
Function of consciousness, Mental causation, Epiphenomenalism, Active information, Bohm, Hiley
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Philosophy
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Consciousness and Cognitive Neuroscience
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-10973DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-49276-0_14ISBN: 978-1-137-49276-0 (electronic)ISBN: 978-1-137-49275-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-10973DiVA: diva2:814803
Available from: 2015-05-28 Created: 2015-05-28 Last updated: 2017-08-08Bibliographically approved

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