Quantum Theory and Free Will: How Mental Intentions Translate into Bodily Actions

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Springer, 22 jun. 2017 - 142 pagina's

This book explains, in simple but accurate terms, how orthodox quantum mechanics works. The author, a distinguished theoretical physicist, shows how this theory, realistically interpreted, assigns an important role to our conscious free choices. Stapp claims that mainstream biology and neuroscience, despite nearly a century of quantum physics, still stick essentially to failed classical precepts in which mental intentions have no effect upon our bodily actions. He shows how quantum mechanics provides a rational basis for a better understanding of this connection, even allowing an explanation of certain phenomena currently held to be “paranormal”. These ideas have major implications for our understanding of ourselves and our mental processes, and thus also for the meaningfulness of our lives.

 

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Inhoudsopgave

1 The Origins of the Quantum Conception of Man
1
2 Waves Particles and Minds
17
3 The Measuring Process
28
4 Quantum Neuroscience
35
5 The Physical Effectiveness of Conscious Intent
41
6 Reality and Spooky Action at a Distance
45
7 BackwardinTime Causation?
52
8 Actual Past and Historical Past
57
12 Paranormal Phenomena
75
13 Conclusions
79
Proof that Information Must Sometimes be Transferred Faster Than Light
83
Graphical Representation of the Argument
92
Reply to Sam Harris on Free Will
97
The Paranormal and the Principle of Sufficient Reason
99
The Quantum Conception of Man
117
Mind Brain and Neuroscience
121

9 The Libet Free Will Experiments
61
10 Questions and Answers About Minds
65
11 The Fundamentally Mental Character of Reality
70
Transcending Newtons Legacy
127
References
140
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Henry Pierce Stapp is an American mathematical physicist who worked closely with Werner Heisenberg, Wolfgang Pauli, and J.A. Wheeler. He is known for his work in quantum mechanics, particularly the development of axiomatic S-matrix theory, the proofs of strong nonlocality properties, and the place of free will in the "orthodox" quantum mechanics of John von Neumann. Dr. Stapp has published many papers pertaining to the non-local aspects of quantum mechanics and Bell's theorem, as well as two books published by Springer.

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