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Titolo:
Consciousness and endogenous state reduction: Two experiments
Autore:
Mould, R;
Indirizzi:
SUNY Stony Brook, Dept Phys & Astron, Stony Brook, NY 11794 USA SUNY StonyBrook Stony Brook NY USA 11794 tron, Stony Brook, NY 11794 USA
Titolo Testata:
FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICS LETTERS
fascicolo: 4, volume: 14, anno: 2001,
pagine: 377 - 386
SICI:
0894-9875(200108)14:4<377:CAESRT>2.0.ZU;2-4
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
QUANTUM-MECHANICS;
Keywords:
consciousness; state reduction; state collapse; macroscopic superposition; PET scan; autoradiography;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences
Citazioni:
10
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Mould, R SUNY Stony Brook, Dept Phys & Astron, Stony Brook, NY 11794 USA SUNY Stony Brook Stony Brook NY USA 11794 ny Brook, NY 11794 USA
Citazione:
R. Mould, "Consciousness and endogenous state reduction: Two experiments", FOUND PH L, 14(4), 2001, pp. 377-386

Abstract

There is a tradition in science that regards consciousness as merely epiphenomenal. Accordingly, physical systems can create and influence consciousness, but consciousness can have no influence on physical systems. Indeed, the current understanding of quantum mechanics provides no way for consciousness to alter the wave function of a quantum mechanical state. Furthermore,there is nothing in molecular biology that would suggest that the human body is anything more that an automaton that operates on the basis of purely physical and chemical interactive forces. However, I believe that the epiphenomenal view is fundamentally flawed, and I suggest the following experiments as a way of demonstrating the existence of an influence of consciousness on material systems. The first uses Positron Emission Tomography (PET) with a human subject, and the second used autoradiography with rats. Detailedarguments for my position can be found in three papers that have been published in recent years. A brief summery of the arguments is initially given below, where it is claimed that 'pain' consciousness might be correlated ina certain way with the relative binding of opiates to receptors in a subject's brain.

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