Towards a process-based approach to consciousness and collapse in quantum mechanics

Manuscrito 47 (1):2023-0047 (2024)
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Abstract

According to a particular interpretation of quantum mechanics, the causal role of human consciousness in the measuring process is called upon to solve a foundational problem called the “measurement problem.” Traditionally, this interpretation is tied up with the metaphysics of substance dualism. As such, this interpretation of quantum mechanics inherits the dualist’s mind-body problem. Our working hypothesis is that a process-based approach to the consciousness causes collapse interpretation (CCCI) ---leaning on Whitehead’s solution to the mind-body problem--- offers a better metaphysical understanding of consciousness and its role in interpreting quantum mechanics. This article is the kickoff for such a research program in the metaphysics of science.

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Raoni Arroyo
University of Campinas
Frederik Moreira-dos-Santos
Universidade Federal Do Recôncavo Da Bahia

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