A Quantum Cure for Panphobia

In William Seager (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Panpsychism. Routledge. pp. 285-302 (2019)
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Abstract

Panpsychism is often thought to be an obviously mistaken doctrine, because it is considered to be completely inconceivable how the elementary particles of physics could possibly have proto-mental properties. This paper points out that quantum theory implies that elementary particles are far more subtle and strange than most contemporary physicalist philosophers assume. The discusses David Bohm’s famous “pilot wave” theory which implies that, say, an electron is a particle guided by a field carrying active information, the latter of which can be seen as a primitive mind-like quality.

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Paavo Pylkkänen
University of Helsinki

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