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Mind, Matter, and Quantum Mechanics


Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Henry Pierce Stapp
      Pages 3-36
    3. Henry Pierce Stapp
      Pages 37-45
  3. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Henry Pierce Stapp
      Pages 49-78
    3. Henry Pierce Stapp
      Pages 79-116
    4. Henry Pierce Stapp
      Pages 117-143
    5. Henry Pierce Stapp
      Pages 145-172
  4. Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Henry Pierce Stapp
      Pages 175-183
    3. Henry Pierce Stapp
      Pages 185-196
    4. Henry Pierce Stapp
      Pages 197-205
    5. Henry Pierce Stapp
      Pages 207-217
    6. Henry Pierce Stapp
      Pages 219-226
  5. Appendices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Henry Pierce Stapp
      Pages 229-231
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 233-249

About this book


Nature appears to be composed of two completely different kinds of things: rocklike things and idealike things. The first is epitomized by an enduring rock, the second by a fleeting thought. A rock can be experienced by many of us together, while a thought seems to belong to one of us alone. Thoughts and rocks are intertwined in the unfolding of nature, as Michelangelo's David so eloquently attests. Yet is it possible to under­ stand rationally how two completely different kinds of things can interact with each other? Logic says no, and history confirms that verdict. To form a rational comprehension of the interplay between the matterlike and mind­ like parts of nature these two components ought to be understood as aspects of some single primal stuff. But what is the nature of a primal stuff that can have mind and matter as two of its aspects? An answer to this age-old question has now been forced upon us. Physi­ cists, probing ever deeper into the nature of matter, found that they were forced to bring into their theory the human observers and their thoughts. Moreover, the mathematical structure of the theory combines in a marvelous way the features of nature that go with the concepts of mind and matter. Although it is possible, in the face of this linkage, to try to maintain the tra­ ditionallogical nonrelatedness of these two aspects of nature, that endeavor leads to great puzzles and mysteries.


Bewusstsein Interpretation Mind-Brain Problem Quantenmechanik Wissenschaftsphilosophie consciousness consciousness explained philosophy of science quantum mechanics quantum theory science

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Lawrence Berkeley LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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From the reviews of the second edition:

"The author develops new chapters on many findings of recent research on the mind-body problem as well as their extrapolation to new and difficult technical and social areas. The book is highly recommended to physicists, mathematicians, social scientists, and intelligent general readers." (Albert A. Mullin, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1087, 2006)