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Quantum Theory and Free Will

How Mental Intentions Translate into Bodily Actions


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Henry P. Stapp
    Pages 17-27
  3. Henry P. Stapp
    Pages 29-33
  4. Henry P. Stapp
    Pages 35-40
  5. Henry P. Stapp
    Pages 45-51
  6. Henry P. Stapp
    Pages 53-55
  7. Henry P. Stapp
    Pages 57-60
  8. Henry P. Stapp
    Pages 61-64
  9. Henry P. Stapp
    Pages 65-69
  10. Henry P. Stapp
    Pages 75-77
  11. Henry P. Stapp
    Pages 79-82
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 83-142

About this book


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.


Connection between mind and matter The hard problem Quantum theory of Consciousness Quantum mind Stapp's quantum theory of mind Retrocausality in quantum mechanics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

About the authors

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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