Quantum Mechanics and Consciousness: No Evidence for Idealism

Автор(и): Сепетий Дмитро
Тип матеріалу: Стаття
Мова публікації: англійська
Випуск: 2018 №4
Сторінки: 95-105
Журнальна рубрикація: Philosophy of Mind
The article deals with the issue of whether quantum mechanics provides evidence for the view that ordinary matter is the product of the processes that essentially involve consciousness (in collapses, or reductions, of quantum-mechanical waves). It is pointed out that if this were the case, this would have tremendous consequences that anyone who takes science seriously can hardly welcome — it would make nonsense of the whole natural pre-animal history, and would also make it extremely difficult to make sense of animal evolution and human history. It is argued, however, that there is no good scientific evidence for the idealistic (consciousness-involving) construal of quantum-mechanical processes; moreover, unequivocal experimental refutations were produced but not made widely known. In the second part, the recent attempt to draw quantum mechanics in support of idealism by Bernardo Kastrup is discussed and found wanting, because in so far as his defense of idealism is successful, the resulting kind of idealism (cosmopsychism) stands to the results of quantum mechanical experiments in the same relations as common physical realism.
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Сепетий Дмитро (2018). Quantum Mechanics and Consciousness: No Evidence for Idealism . Філософська думка, №4. с. 95-105.


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