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David Bohm


David Bohm
David Bohm

David Joseph Bohm (1917-1992) Born December 20, 1917 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S. October 27, 1992 (aged 74) London, UK United Kingdom British British Hungarian-Lithuanian Jewish Physicist Manhattan Project Princeton University University of São Paulo Technion University of Bristol Birkbeck College Pennsylvania State College California Institute of Technology University of California, Berkeley Robert Oppenheimer Yakir Aharonov David Pines Jeffrey Bub Henri Bortoft


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Other notable students Jack Sarfatti Known for Bohm-diffusion Bohm interpretation Aharonov-Bohm effect Holonomic model Bohm Dialogue Albert Einstein Jiddu Krishnamurti Arthur Schopenhauer Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel John Stewart Bell



David Bohm


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David Joseph Bohm (20 December 1917 – 27 October 1992) was a U.S.-born British quantum physicist who made significant contributions in the fields of theoretical physics, philosophy and neuropsychology, and to the Manhattan Project.

Youth and college
Bohm was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to a Hungarian Jewish immigrant father and a Lithuanian Jewish mother. He was raised mainly by his father, a furniture store owner and assistant of the local rabbi. Bohm attended Pennsylvania State College, graduating in 1939, and then headed west to the California Institute of Technology for a year, and then transferred to the theoretical physics group under Robert Oppenheimer at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was to obtain his doctorate degree. Bohm lived in the same neighborhood as some of Oppenheimer's other graduate students (Giovanni Rossi Lomanitz, Joseph Weinberg, and Max Friedman) and with them became increasingly involved not only with physics, but with radical politics. Bohm gravitated to alternative models of society and became active in organizations like the Young Communist League, the Campus Committee to Fight Conscription, and the Committee for Peace Mobilization all later branded as Communist organizations by the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover.

Work and doctorate
Manhattan Project Contributions During World War II, the Manhattan Project mobilized much of Berkeley's physics research in the effort to produce the first atomic bomb. Though Oppenheimer had asked Bohm to work with him at Los Alamos (the top-secret laboratory established in 1942 to design the bomb), the head of the Manhattan Project, General Leslie Groves, would not approve Bohm's security clearance, after tip-offs about his politics (Bohm's friend, Joseph Weinberg, had also come under suspicion for espionage). Bohm remained in Berkeley, teaching physics, until he completed his Ph.D. in 1943, under an unusually ironic circumstance. According to Peat (see reference below, p.64), "the scattering calculations (of collisions of protons and deuterons) that he had completed proved useful to the Manhattan Project and were immediately classified. Without security clearance, Bohm was denied access to his own work; not only would he be barred from defending his thesis, he was not even allowed to write his own thesis in the first place!" To satisfy the university, Oppenheimer certified that Bohm had successfully completed the research. He later performed theoretical calculations for the Calutrons at the Y-12 facility in Oak Ridge, used to electromagnetically enrich uranium for use in the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

David Bohm McCarthyism leads to Bohm leaving the United States After the war, Bohm became an assistant professor at Princeton University, where he worked closely with Albert Einstein. In May, 1949, at the beginning of the McCarthyism period, the House Un-American Activities Committee called upon Bohm to testify before it— because of his previous ties to suspected Communists. Bohm, however, pleaded the Fifth amendment right to decline to testify, and refused to give evidence against his colleagues. In 1950, Bohm was charged for refusing to answer questions before the Committee and arrested. He was acquitted in May, 1951, but Princeton had already suspended him. After the acquittal, Bohm's colleagues sought to have his position at Princeton re-instated, and Einstein reportedly wanted Bohm to serve as his assistant. The university, however, did not renew his contract. Bohm then left for Brazil to take up a Chair in Physics at the University of São Paulo, and later was also at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, and at Birkbeck College, University of London. Quantum theory and Bohm-diffusion During his early period, Bohm made a number of significant contributions to physics, particularly in the area of quantum mechanics and relativity theory. As a post-graduate at Berkeley, he developed a theory of plasmas, discovering the electron phenomenon now known as Bohm-diffusion. His first book, Quantum Theory published in 1951, was well-received by Einstein, among others. However, Bohm became dissatisfied with the orthodox approach to quantum theory, which he had written about in that book, and began to develop his own approach (Bohm interpretation)— a non-local hidden variable deterministic theory whose predictions agree perfectly with the nondeterministic quantum theory. His work and the EPR argument became the major factor motivating John Bell's inequality, whose consequences are still being investigated. The Aharonov-Bohm effect In 1955 Bohm moved to Israel, where he spent two years at the Technion at Haifa. Here he met his wife Saral, who became an important figure in the development of his ideas. In 1957, Bohm moved to the UK as a research fellow at the University of Bristol. In 1959, with his student Yakir Aharonov, they discovered the Aharonov-Bohm effect, showing how a magnetic field could affect a region of space in which the field had been shielded, although its vector potential did not vanish there. This showed for the first time that the magnetic vector potential, hitherto a mathematical convenience, could have real physical (quantum) effects. In 1961, Bohm was made Professor of Theoretical Physics at Birkbeck College London, where his collected papers [1] are kept. Bridging science, philosophy, and cognition Bohm's scientific and philosophical views seemed inseparable. In 1959, his wife Saral recommended to him a book she had seen in the library by the world-renowned speaker on life subjects, Jiddu Krishnamurti. Bohm found himself impressed by the way his own ideas on quantum mechanics meshed with the seemingly-philosophical ideas of Krishnamurti. Bohm's approach to philosophy and physics receive expression in his 1980 book Wholeness and the Implicate Order, and in his 1987 book Science, Order and Creativity. Bohm and Krishnamurti went on to become close friends for over 25 years, with a deep mutual interest in philosophical subjects and the state of humanity. The holonomic model of the brain Bohm also made significant theoretical contributions to neuropsychology and the development of the holonomic model of the functioning of the brain.[2] In collaboration with Stanford neuroscientist Karl Pribram, Bohm helped establish the foundation for Pribram's theory that the brain operates in a manner similar to a hologram, in accordance with quantum mathematical principles and the characteristics of wave patterns. These wave forms may compose hologram-like organizations, Bohm suggested, basing this concept on his application of Fourier analysis, a mathematical method for decomposing complex waves into component sine waves. The holonomic brain model developed by Pribram and Bohm posits a lens defined world view— much like the textured prismatic effect of sunlight refracted by the churning mists of a rainbow— a view which is quite different from the more conventional


David Bohm "objective reality" - not to be confused with objectivity - approach. Pribram held that if psychology means to understand the conditions that produce the world of appearances, it must look to the thinking of physicists like Bohm.[3] Thought as a System Bohm was alarmed by what he considered an increasing imbalance of not only 'man' and nature, but among peoples, as well as people, themselves. Bohm: "So one begins to wonder what is going to happen to the human race. Technology keeps on advancing with greater and greater power, either for good or for destruction." He goes on to ask: What is the source of all this trouble? I'm saying that the source is basically in thought. Many people would think that such a statement is crazy, because thought is the one thing we have with which to solve our problems. That's part of our tradition. Yet it looks as if the thing we use to solve our problems with is the source of our problems. It's like going to the doctor and having him make you ill. In fact, in 20% of medical cases we do apparently have that going on. But in the case of thought, it's far over 20%. In Bohm's view: ...the general tacit assumption in thought is that it's just telling you the way things are and that it's not doing anything - that 'you' are inside there, deciding what to do with the info. But you don't decide what to do with the info. Thought runs you. Thought, however, gives false info that you are running it, that you are the one who controls thought. Whereas actually thought is the one which controls each one of us. Thought is creating divisions out of itself and then saying that they are there naturally. This is another major feature of thought: Thought doesn't know it is doing something and then it struggles against what it is doing. It doesn't want to know that it is doing it. And thought struggles against the results, trying to avoid those unpleasant results while keeping on with that way of thinking. That is what I call "sustained incoherence". Bohm thus proposes in his book, Thought as a System, a pervasive, systematic nature of thought: What I mean by "thought" is the whole thing - thought, felt, the body, the whole society sharing thoughts - it's all one process. It is essential for me not to break that up, because it's all one process; somebody else's thoughts becomes my thoughts, and vice versa. Therefore it would be wrong and misleading to break it up into my thoughts, your thoughts, my feelings, these feelings, those feelings... I would say that thought makes what is often called in modern language a system. A system means a set of connected things or parts. But the way people commonly use the word nowadays it means something all of whose parts are mutually interdependent not only for their mutual action, but for their meaning and for their existence. A corporation is organized as a system - it has this department, that department, that department. They don't have any meaning separately; they only can function together. And also the body is a system. Society is a system in some sense. And so on. Similarly, thought is a system. That system not only includes thoughts, "felts" and feelings, but it includes the state of the body; it includes the whole of society - as thought is passing back and forth between people in a process by which thought evolved from ancient times. A system is constantly engaged in a process of development, change, evolution and structure changes...although there are certain features of the system which become relatively fixed. We call this the structure.... Thought has been constantly evolving and we can't say when that structure began. But with the growth of civilization it has developed a great deal. It was probably very simple thought before civilization, and now it has become very complex and ramified and has much more incoherence than before. Now, I say that this system has a fault in it - a "systematic fault". It is not a fault here, there or here, but it is a fault that is all throughout the system. Can you picture that? It is everywhere and nowhere. You may say "I see a problem here, so I will bring my thoughts to bear on this problem". But "my" thought is part of the system. It has the same fault as the fault I'm trying to look at, or a similar fault.


David Bohm Thought is constantly creating problems that way and then trying to solve them. But as it tries to solve them it makes it worse because it doesn’t notice that it's creating them, and the more it thinks, the more problems it creates. (P. 18-19) Bohm Dialogue To address societal problems in his later years, Bohm wrote a proposal for a solution that has become known as "Bohm Dialogue", in which equal status and "free space" form the most important prerequisites of communication and the appreciation of differing personal beliefs. He suggested that if these Dialogue groups were experienced on a sufficiently wide scale, they could help overcome the isolation and fragmentation Bohm observed was inherent in the society.


Later years
Bohm continued his work in quantum physics past his retirement in 1987. His final work, the posthumously published The Undivided Universe: An ontological interpretation of quantum theory (1993), resulted from a decades-long collaboration with his colleague Basil Hiley. He also spoke to audiences across Europe and North America on the importance of dialogue as a form of sociotherapy, a concept he borrowed from London psychiatrist and practitioner of Group Analysis Patrick De Mare, and had a series of meetings with the Dalai Lama. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1990. Near the end of his life, Bohm began to experience a recurrence of depression which he had suffered at earlier times in his life. He was admitted to the Maudsley Hospital in South London on 10 May 1991. His condition worsened and it was decided that the only thing that might help him was electroconvulsive therapy. Bohm's wife consulted psychiatrist David Shainberg, Bohm's long-time friend and collaborator, who agreed that electroconvulsive treatments were probably his only option. Bohm showed marked improvement from the treatments and was released on 29 August. However, his depression returned and was treated with medication.[4] David Bohm died of a heart attack in Hendon,[5] London, on 27 October 1992, aged 74. In fact, Professor Bohm was traveling in a London taxi on that day, conversing with the cab driver; and not getting any response from the passenger in the back seat for a few seconds, the driver turned back and found Dr. Bohm had died of a heart attack.[3] David Bohm was considered by many Nobel laureates as one of best quantum physicists of all times, who richly deserved the Nobel Prize, but failed to obtain it possibly due to political victimization.[3]

• 1951. Quantum Theory, New York: Prentice Hall. 1989 reprint, New York: Dover, ISBN 0-486-65969-0 • 1957. Causality and Chance in Modern Physics, 1961 Harper edition reprinted in 1980 by Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania Press, ISBN 0-8122-1002-6 • 1962. Quanta and Reality, A Symposium, with N. R. Hanson and Mary B. Hesse, from a BBC program published by the American Research Council • 1965. The Special Theory of Relativity, New York: W.A. Benjamin. • 1980. Wholeness and the Implicate Order, London: Routledge, ISBN 0-7100-0971-2, 1983 Ark paperback: ISBN 0-7448-0000-5, 2002 paperback: ISBN 0-415-28979-3 • 1985. Unfolding Meaning: A weekend of dialogue with David Bohm (Donald Factor, editor), Gloucestershire: Foundation House, ISBN 0-948325-00-3, 1987 Ark paperback: ISBN 0-7448-0064-1, 1996 Routledge paperback: ISBN 0-415-13638-5 • 1985. The Ending of Time, with Jiddu Krishnamurti, San Francisco, CA: Harper, ISBN 0-06-064796-5. • 1987. Science, Order and Creativity, with F. David Peat. London: Routledge. 2nd ed. 2000. ISBN 0-415-17182-2. • 1991. Changing Consciousness: Exploring the Hidden Source of the Social, Political and Environmental Crises Facing our World (a dialogue of words and images), coauthor Mark Edwards, Harper San Francisco, ISBN

David Bohm 0-06-250072-4 1992. Thought as a System (transcript of seminar held in Ojai, California, from 30 November to 2 December 1990), London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-11980-4. 1993. The Undivided Universe: An ontological interpretation of quantum theory, with B.J. Hiley, London: Routledge, ISBN 0-415-12185-X (final work) 1996. On Dialogue. editor Lee Nichol. London: Routledge, hardcover: ISBN 0-415-14911-8, paperback: ISBN 0-415-14912-6, 2004 edition: ISBN 0-415-33641-4 1998. On Creativity, editor Lee Nichol. London: Routledge, hardcover: ISBN 0-415-17395-7, paperback: ISBN 0-415-17396-5, 2004 edition: ISBN 0-415-33640-6 1999. Limits of Thought: Discussions, with Jiddu Krishnamurti, London: Routledge, ISBN 0-415-19398-2. 1999. Bohm-Biederman Correspondence: Creativity and Science, with Charles Biederman. editor Paavo Pylkkänen. ISBN 0-415-16225-4. 2002. The Essential David Bohm. editor Lee Nichol. London: Routledge, ISBN 0-415-26174-0. preface by the Dalai Lama


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See also
• Aharonov-Bohm effect • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • American philosophy Bohm diffusion of a plasma in a magnetic field Bohm interpretation Correspondence principle EPR paradox Holographic paradigm Holographic principle Holomovement Holonomic brain theory Implicate and Explicate Order Implicate order Jiddu Krishnamurti Membrane paradigm Penrose-Hameroff "Orchestrated Objective Reduction" theory of consciousness The Bohm sheath criterion, which states that a plasma must flow with at least the speed of sound toward a solid surface Wave gene John Stewart Bell Karl Pribram Influence on John David Garcia List of American philosophers

David Bohm


[1] http:/ / www. aim25. ac. uk/ cgi-bin/ search2?coll_id=3070& inst_id=33 [2] Comparison between Karl Pribram's "Holographic Brain Theory" and more conventional models of neuronal computation (http:/ / www. acsa2000. net/ bcngroup/ jponkp/ #chap4) [3] http:/ / homepages. ihug. co. nz/ ~sai/ pribram. htm [4] F. David Peat, Infinite Potential: The Life and Times of David Bohm, Reading, MA: Addison Wesley, 1997, pp. 308-317. ISBN 0201328208. [5] Deaths England and Wales 1984-2006 (http:/ / www. findmypast. com/ BirthsMarriagesDeaths. jsp)

• "Bohm's Alternative to Quantum Mechanics", David Z. Albert, Scientific American (May, 1994) • Brotherhood of the Bomb: The Tangled Lives and Loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller, Herken, Gregg, New York: Henry Holt (2002) ISBN 0-8050-6589-X (information on Bohm's work at Berkeley and his dealings with HUAC) • Infinite Potential: the Life and Times of David Bohm, F. David Peat, Reading, MA: Addison Wesley (1997), ISBN 0-201-40635-7 DavidPeat.com (http://www.fdavidpeat.com/) • Quantum Implications: Essays in Honour of David Bohm, (B.J. Hiley, F. David Peat, editors), London: Routledge (1987), ISBN 0-415-06960-2 • Thought as a System (transcript of seminar held in Ojai, California, from 30 November to 2 December 1990), London: Routledge. (1992) ISBN 0-415-11980-4. • The Quantum Theory of Motion: an account of the de Broglie-Bohm Causal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, Peter R. Holland, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (2000) ISBN 0-921-48453-9.

External links
• English site (http://www.david-bohm.net) for David Bohm's ideas about Dialogue. • the David_Bohm_Hub (http://www.thinkg.net/david_bohm/) From thinkg.net, with compilations of David Bohm's life and work in form of texts, audio, video, and pictures. • Thought Knowledge Perception Institute (http://www.tkpi.org) A non-partisan organization that aims to preserve and continue the work of David Bohm and others. • Lifework of David Bohm: River of Truth (http://www.vision.net.au/~apaterson/science/david_bohm. htm#BOHM'S LEGACY): Article by Will Keepin • Dialogos (http://www.dialogos.com): Consulting group, originally founded by Bohm colleagues William Isaacs and Peter Garrett, aiming to bring Bohm dialogue into organizations. • (http://www.quantum-mind.co.uk) quantum mind • Interview with David Bohm (http://www.fdavidpeat.com/interviews/bohm.htm) provided and conducted by F. David Peat along with John Briggs, first issued in Omni magazine, January 1987 • David Bohm and Krishnamurti (http://www.wie.org/j11/peat.asp) • Archive of papers at Birkbeck College relating to David Bohm. (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/lib/about/hours/ bohm) • Quantum-Mind (http://www.quantum-mind.co.uk)

David Chalmers


David Chalmers
David John Chalmers

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David John Chalmers 20 April 1966 Australia Contemporary philosophy Western Philosophy Analytic

Main interests Philosophy of mind Consciousness Notable ideas Hard problem of consciousness; property dualism; neutral monism; extended mind; two-dimensional semantics

David John Chalmers (born 20 April 1966) is an Australian philosopher specializing in the area of philosophy of mind. He is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University.

Chalmers was born and raised in Australia, and since 2004 has been Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Centre for Consciousness, and an ARC Federation Fellow at the Australian National University. From an early age, he excelled at mathematics, eventually completing his undergraduate education at the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science. He then briefly studied at Lincoln College at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar before studying for his PhD at Indiana University Bloomington under Douglas Hofstadter. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program directed by Andy Clark at Washington University in St. Louis from 1993 to 1995, and his first professorship was at UC Santa Cruz, from August 1995 to December 1998. Chalmers was subsequently appointed Professor of Philosophy (1999-2004) and, later, Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies (2002-2004) at the University of Arizona, sponsor of the Toward a Science of Consciousness [1] conference where he made his legendary "debut" in 1994. Chalmers' book, The Conscious Mind (1996), is widely considered (by both advocates and opponents) to be an essential work on consciousness and its relation to the mind-body problem in philosophy of mind.[2] In the book, Chalmers argues that all forms of physicalism (whether reductive or non-reductive) that have dominated modern philosophy and science fail to account for the existence (that is, presence in reality) of consciousness itself. He proposes an alternative dualistic view he calls naturalistic dualism (but which might also be characterized by more traditional formulations such as property dualism, neutral monism, or double-aspect theory). The book was described by The Sunday Times as "one of the best science books of the year".[3]

David Chalmers


Chalmers is best known for his formulation of the notion of a hard problem of consciousness in both his book and in the paper "Facing Up to the Problem of Consciousness" (originally published in The Journal of Consciousness Studies, 1995). He makes the distinction between "easy" problems of consciousness, such as explaining object discrimination or verbal reports, and the single hard problem, which could be stated "why does the feeling which accompanies awareness of sensory information exist at all?" The essential difference between the (cognitive) easy problems and the (phenomenal) hard problem is that the former are at least theoretically answerable via the standard strategy in philosophy of mind: functionalism. Chalmers argues for an "explanatory gap" from the objective to the subjective, and criticizes physical explanations of mental experience, making him a dualist in an era that has been dominated by materialism. In support of this, Chalmers is famous for his commitment to the logical (though, importantly, not physical) possibility of philosophical zombies, although he was not the first to propose the thought experiment. These zombies, unlike the zombie of popular fiction, are complete physical duplicates of human beings, lacking only qualitative experience. Chalmers argues that since such zombies are conceivable to us, they must therefore be logically possible. Since they are logically possible, then qualia and sentience are not fully explained by physical properties alone. Instead, Chalmers argues that consciousness is a fundamental property ontologically autonomous of any known (or even possible) physical properties. He further speculates that all information-bearing systems may be conscious, leading him to entertain the possibility of conscious thermostats and a qualified panpsychism he calls panprotopsychism. Though Chalmers maintains a formal agnosticism on the issue, even conceding the viability of panpsychism places him at odds with the majority of his contemporaries. After the publication of Chalmers' landmark paper, more than twenty papers in response were published in the Journal of Consciousness Studies. These papers (by Daniel Dennett, Colin McGinn, Francisco Varela, Francis Crick, and Roger Penrose among others) were collected and published in the book Explaining Consciousness: The Hard Problem. John Searle fiercely critiqued Chalmers's views in The New York Review of Books.[4] Chalmers, with Andy Clark, has written The Extended Mind, an article about the borders of the mind [5]

On his web site, David Chalmers has compiled a large bibliography on the philosophy of mind and related fields with close to 18000 annotated entries topically organized. Chalmers appears in The Matrix video documentary "The Roots of the Matrix" and presents a novel take on a large part of the traditionally skeptical "brain in a vat" hypothesis. He maintains that this hypothesis is not, contrary to common philosophical opinion, a skeptical hypothesis. He serves on the editorial board of the journals Philo, Consciousness and Cognition, the Journal of Consciousness Studies, and Psyche.

A partial list of publications by Chalmers: • The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory (1996). Oxford University Press. hardcover: ISBN 0-19-511789-1, paperback: ISBN 0-19-510553-2 • Toward a Science of Consciousness III: The Third Tucson Discussions and Debates (1999). Stuart R. Hameroff, Alfred W. Kaszniak and David J. Chalmers (Editors). The MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-58181-7 • Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings (2002). (Editor). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-514581-X or ISBN 0-19-514580-1

David Chalmers


See also
• Hard problem of consciousness • PhilPapers

External links
• • • • • • • David Chalmers's web site [6] David Chalmers's bibliography [7] Fragments of Consciousness [8] - Chalmers's blog. Interview with Chalmers [9] - in Philosophy Now [10]. Consciousness [11], an episode of Philosophy Talk, hosts Chalmers Video Interview [12] on BloggingHeads.tv by science writer John Horgan. The Mystery of Consciousness [13] on Bright SBM Production.

[1] http:/ / consciousness. arizona. edu/ [2] http:/ / consc. net/ book/ reviews. html [3] The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory (1996), paperback edition, back cover. [4] Searle's review of The Conscious Mind (http:/ / www. nybooks. com/ articles/ article-preview?article_id=1258) 6 March 1997 (subscription required) Chalmers' response to Searle and Searle's reply (http:/ / www. nybooks. com/ articles/ 1179) 15 May 1997 (free access) [5] http:/ / consc. net/ papers/ extended. html. [6] http:/ / consc. net/ chalmers/ [7] http:/ / consc. net/ papers. html [8] http:/ / fragments. consc. net/ [9] http:/ / www. philosophynow. org/ issue21/ 21chalmers. htm [10] http:/ / www. philosophynow. org [11] http:/ / philosophytalk. org/ pastShows/ Consciousness. htm [12] http:/ / bloggingheads. tv/ diavlogs/ 254 [13] http:/ / brightsbm. com/ interviews/ index. php

The Emperor's New Mind


The Emperor's New Mind
The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds and The Laws of Physics
Author Country Language Genre(s) Publisher Publication date Pages ISBN OCLC Number Dewey Decimal LC Classification Roger Penrose United States English Artificial Intelligence Oxford University Press November 9, 1989 480 ISBN 0-198-51973-7 (first edition, hardcover) [1] 19724273 006.3 20 Q335 .P415 1989

The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds and The Laws of Physics is a 1989 book by mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose. Penrose presents the argument that human consciousness is non-algorithmic, and thus is not capable of being modeled by a conventional Turing machine-type of digital computer. Penrose hypothesizes that quantum mechanics plays an essential role in the understanding of human consciousness. The collapse of the quantum wavefunction is seen as playing an important role in brain function. The English version of the book is 602 pages long. The majority of the book is spent reviewing, for the scientifically minded layreader, a plethora of interrelated subjects such as Newtonian physics, special and general relativity, the philosophy and limitations of mathematics, quantum physics, cosmology, and the nature of time. Penrose intermittently describes how each of these bears on his developing theme: that consciousness is not "algorithmic". Only the later portions of the book address the thesis directly. Penrose states that his ideas on the nature of consciousness are speculative. The book does not discuss the implications of quantum computers for his theory of consciousness, as it somewhat predated developments in the field of quantum computation. Following the publication of this book, Penrose began to collaborate with Stuart Hameroff on a biological analog to quantum computation involving microtubules, which became the foundation for his subsequent book, Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness. "The Emperor's New Mind" attacks the claims of artificial intelligence using the physics of computing: Penrose notes that the present home of computing lies more in the tangible world of classical mechanics than in the imponderable realm of quantum mechanics. The modern computer is a deterministic system that for the most part simply executes algorithms. Penrose shows that, by reconfiguring the boundaries of a billiard table, one might make a computer in which the billiard balls act as message carriers and their interactions act as logical decisions. The Billiard-Ball Computer was first designed some years ago by Edward Fredkin and Tommaso Toffoli of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Penrose won the Aventis prize in 1990 for this book.

The Emperor's New Mind


• Roger Penrose (1989) "The Emperor's New Mind"

See also
• • • • • • • • The Emperor's New Clothes, the 19th century fairy tale which inspired the book's title The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe, a 2004 book by Penrose Quantum mind Church-Turing thesis Alan Turing, creator of the Turing test Shadows of the Mind Raymond Smullyan (Is God a Taoist?; An Epistemological Nightmare) Orch-OR

[1] http:/ / worldcat. org/ oclc/ 19724273

Stuart Hameroff


Stuart Hameroff
Stuart Hameroff

Born Residence Nationality Fields

Buffalo, New York, USA United States American Anesthesiologist

Institutions University of Arizona Alma mater University of Pittsburgh Hahnemann University Hospital Known for Influences Consciousness studies Roger Penrose

Stuart Hameroff (Born in July 16, 1947, Buffalo, New York) is an anesthesiologist and professor at the University of Arizona known for his promotion of the scientific study of consciousness, and his theories of the mechanisms of consciousness.

Hameroff received his BS degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his MD degree from Hahnemann University Hospital (now part of Drexel University College of Medicine). He took an internship at the Tucson Medical Center in 1973. From 1975 onwards, he has spent the whole of his career at the University of Arizona, becoming professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Psychology and associate director for the Center for Consciousness Studies, both in 1999, and finally Emeritus professor for Anesthesiology and Psychology in 2003.

At the very beginning of his career, while at Hahneman, cancer-related research work resulted in him becoming interested in the part played by microtubules in cell division, and to speculate that they were controlled by some form of computing. It also suggested to him that part of the solution of the problem of consciousness might lie in understanding the operations of microtubules in brain cells, operations at the molecular and supramolecular level[1]. The operations of microtubules are remarkably complex and their role pervasive in cellular operations; these facts led to the speculation that computation sufficient for consciousness might somehow be occurring there. These ideas are discussed in Hameroff's first book Ultimate Computing (1987)[2]. The main substance of this book dealt with the scope for information processing in biological tissue and especially in microtubules and other parts of the cytoskeleton. Hameroff argued that the cytoskeleton components could be the basic units of processing rather than the neurons. The book was primarily concerned with information processing, with consciousness secondary at this

Stuart Hameroff stage. Separately from Hameroff, Roger Penrose had published his first book on consciousness, The Emperor's New Mind[3]. On the basis of Godel's incompleteness theorems, he argued that the brain could perform functions that no computer or system of algorithms could. From this it could follow that consciousness itself might be fundamentally non-algorithmic, and incapable of being modelled as a classical Turing machine type of computer. By contrast, the idea that it could be explained mechanistically was prevalent in the field of Artificial Intelligence at that time. Penrose saw the principles of quantum theory as providing an alternative process through which consciousness could arise. He further argued that this non-algorithmic process in the brain required a new form of the quantum wave reduction, later given the name objective reduction (OR), which could link the brain to the fundamental spacetime geometry. At this stage, he had no precise ideas as to how such a quantum process might be instantiated in the brain. Moreover, Penrose's ideas were widely criticized by neuroscientists, logicians and philosophers, notably Grush and Churchland (Grush and Churchland, 1995) [4]. Hameroff was inspired by Penrose's book to contact Penrose regarding his own theories about the mechanism of anesthesia, and how it specifically targets consciousness via action on neural microtubules. The two met in 1992, and Hameroff suggested that the microtubules were a good candidate site for a quantum mechanism in the brain. Penrose was interested in the mathematical features of the microtubule lattice, and over the next two years the two collaborated in formulating the orchestrated objective reduction (Orch-OR) model of consciousness [1]. Following this collaboration, Penrose published his second consciousness book, Shadows of the Mind[5]. This more developed version of their ideas was also widely attacked, and notably by the physicist, Max Tegmark, who calculated that quantum states in microtubules would survive for only 10-13 seconds, too brief to be of any significance for neural processes (Tegmark, 2000)[6]. Hameroff and the physicists Scott Hagan and Jack Tuszynski (Hagan, Hameroff & Tuszynski, 2002)[7] replied to Tegmark arguing that microtubules could be shielded against the environment of the brain. To date, there is no experimental confirmation of these proposed methods of shielding, but Hameroff has proposed tests that could falsify the theory[8]. Over the years since 1994, Hameroff has been active in promoting the Orch-OR model of consciousness through his web site [1], conferences and lectures. He was the lead organizer of the first Tucson consciousness meeting in 1994 that brought together approximately 300 people interested in consciousness for the first time (e.g., David Chalmers, Christof Koch, Bernard Baars, Roger Penrose, Benjamin Libet). This conference is widely regarded as a landmark event within the field of consciousness studies, and by bringing researchers from various disciplines together lead to various useful synergies, resulting indirectly, for instance, in the formation of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, and more directly in the creation of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, of which Hameroff is now the director. The Center for Consciousness Studies hosts meetings on study of consciousness every two years, as well as sponsoring seminars on consciousness theory. Hameroff appeared as himself in the documentary film What tнe ♯$*! Do ωΣ (k)πow!? (2004). He also participated in the first Beyond Belief conference, where his theories were sharply criticized by Lawrence Krauss, among others.[1]


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• Hameroff, S.(1987) Ultimate Computing Elsevier • Penrose, R.(1989) The Emperor's New Mind Oxford University Press • Grush, R. & Churchland, P. (1995) "Gap's in Penrose's Toilings," Journal of Consciousness Studies, 2(1), pp. 10-29 • Penrose, R.(1994) Shadows of the Mind Oxford University Press • Tegmark, M. (2000) "Importance of quantum coherence in brain processes," Physical Reviews E, 61, pp. 4194-4206 • Hagan, S., Hameroff, S. & Tuszynski, J.(2002) "Quantum computation in brain microtubules? Decoherence and biological feasibility," Physical Reviews E, 65, 061901. • Hameroff, S. (2006) "Consciousness, neurobiology and quantum mechanics," In: The Emerging Physics of Consciousness, (Ed.) Tuszynski, J.

See also
• Roger Penrose • • • • • • • • Henry Stapp Evan Harris Walker Consciousness causes collapse Mind Science Foundation What Is Life? Quantum Aspects of Life (book) Quantum biology Orch-OR

Further reading
• Stuart Hameroff with Conrad Schneiker, Ultimate Computing: Biomolecular Consciousness and Nanotechnology, Elsevier-North Holland, 1987. This work predates the quantum Orch-OR hypothesis; still of interest. Online at author's site [2] • Hameroff, Kaszniak, Scott, (eds), Toward a Science of Consciousness, MIT Press, ISBN 0-262-08249-7, LoC OP411.T68 1996. papers from the first Tucson conference on study of consciousness. Further volumes in the series exist. • Roger Penrose, Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness, Oxford, ISBN 0-19-853978-9, LoC Q335.P416 1994. This discusses the Orch-OR theory.

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External links
• Hameroff's "Quantum Consciousness" site [3] • Center for consciousness studies homepage [1] • Quantum-Mind [4]

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Holonomic brain theory
The holonomic brain theory, originated by psychologist Karl Pribram and initially developed in collaboration with physicist David Bohm, is a model for human cognition that is drastically different from conventionally accepted ideas: Pribram and Bohm posit a model of cognitive function as being guided by a matrix of neurological wave interference patterns situated temporally between holographic Gestalt perception and discrete, affective, quantum vectors derived from reward anticipation potentials. Pribram was originally struck by the similarity of the hologram idea and Bohm's idea of the implicate order in physics, and contacted him for collaboration. In particular, the fact that information about an image point is distributed throughout the hologram, such that each piece of the hologram contains some information about the entire image, seemed suggestive to Pribram about how the brain could encode memories.[1] . Pribram was encouraged in this line of speculation by the fact that DeValois and DeValois[2] had found that "the spatial frequency encoding displayed by cells of the visual cortex was best described as a Fourier transform of the input pattern."[3] This holographic idea led to the coining of the term "holonomic" to describe the idea in wider contexts than just holograms.

Lens-defined model of brain function
In this model, each sense functions as a lens, refocusing wave patterns either by perceiving a specific pattern or context as swirls, or by discerning discrete grains or quantum units. David Bohm has said that if you take the lenses away, what you are left with is a hologram. According to Pribram and Bohm, "future orientation" is the essence of cognitive function, which they have attempted to define through use of the Fourier theorem and quantum mechanical formulae. According to Pribram, the tuning of wave frequency in cells of the primary visual cortex plays a role in visual imaging, while such tuning in the auditory system has been well established for decades. Pribram and colleagues also assert that similar tuning occurs in the somatosensory cortex. Pribram distinguishes between propagative nerve impulses on the one hand, and slow potentials (hyperpolarizations, steep polarizations) that are essentially static. At this temporal interface, he indicates, the wave interferences form holographic patterns. Pribram has written, "What the data suggest is that there exists in the cortex, a multidimensional holographic-like process serving as an attractor or set point toward which muscular contractions operate to achieve a specified environmental result. The specification has to be based on prior experience (of the species or the individual) and stored in holographic-like form. Activation of the store involves patterns of muscular contractions (guided by basal ganglia, cerebellar, brain stem and spinal cord) whose sequential operations need only to satisfy the 'target' encoded in the image of achievement much as the patterns of sequential operations of heating and cooling must meet the

Holonomic brain theory setpoint of the thermostat."


Quantum dynamics of free will
According to this theory, waveforms, within the matrix of a distributed system, allow fluctuations taking place to create new patterns, according to Pribram, and the resulting dynamic potential can then organize new foci of activity oriented to the precipitation of strategic planning and exercise of free will. In a 1998 interview, Pribram addressed the understanding of cognitive potential, stating that, "(I)f you get into your potential mode, then new things can happen. But usually free will is conceived of in terms of how many constraints are operating, and we have in statistics a notion of degrees of freedom. I think our will essentially is constrained, more or less. We have so many degrees of freedom, and the more degrees of freedom we have, the more we feel free, and we have freedom of choice." These so-called "quantum minds" are still debated among scientists and philosophers, and there are actually a number of different theories—not one—that have been suggested. Notable proponents of various quantum mind theories are philosopher David Chalmers and mathematical physicist Roger Penrose. Cosmologist Max Tegmark is a notable opponent of the various quantum mind theories. Tegmark wrote the well-known paper, "Problem with Quantum Mind Theory [4]," which demonstrates certain problems with Chalmers' and Penrose's ideas on the subject.

See also
• • • • • • • Consciousness Evolutionary neuroscience Gamma wave Sensory integration dysfunction Holographic memory Implicate and Explicate Order according to David Bohm Wikibook on consciousness

• Karen K. DeValois, Russell L. DeValois, and W. W. Yund. "Responses of Striate Cortex Cells to Grating and Checkerboard Patterns", Journal of Physiology, vol 291, 483-505, 1979. • Russel L. DeValois and Karen K. DeValois, "Spatial vision", Ann. Rev. Psychol, 31, 309-41, (1980) • Paul Pietsch, "Shuffle Brain", Harper's, May, 1972, online [5] • Paul Pietsch, Shufflebrain: The Quest for the Hologramic Mind, Houghton-Mifflin, 1981, ISBN 0-395-29480-0. 2nd edition 1996: online [6]: Shufflebrain: The Quest of Hologramic Mind: an in-depth but non-technical look at experiments on the neural hologram • Karl H. Pribram, "The Implicate Brain", in B. J. Hiley and F. David Peat, (eds) Quantum Implications: Essays in Honour of David Bohm, Routledge, 1987 ISBN 0-415-06960-2 • --- 'Holonomic Brain Theory and Motor Gestalts: Recent Experimental Results', (1997) • Michael Talbot, "The Holographic Universe" 1991, HarperCollins

Holonomic brain theory


External links
• "Holonomic brain theory", [7] Article in Scholarpedia by Karl Pribram, Georgetown University, Washington, DC • ACSA2000.net [8] - 'Comparison between Karl Pribram's "Holographic Brain Theory" and more conventional models of neuronal computation', Jeff Prideaux • NIH.gov [9] - 'Concept-matching in the brain depends on serotonin and gamma-frequency shifts' M. B. Bayly, Medical Hypotheses Vol 65, No 1, pp 149-51, 2005 • ReutersHealth.com [10] - 'Celebrity photos prompt memory study breakthrough: Scientists at two California universities have isolated single neurons responsible for holding the memory of an image' (June 23, 2005) • ToeQuest.com [11] - 'Holonomic Brain Theory: Holographic Theory offers answers for two main paradoxes, Nature of mind and Non-locality' • TWM.co.nz [12] - 'The Holographic Brain: Karl Pribram, Ph.D. interview', Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove (1998)

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Orch OR (Orchestrated Objective Reduction) is a theory of consciousness, which is the joint work of theoretical physicist Sir Roger Penrose and anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff. Mainstream theories assume that consciousness emerges from the brain, and focus particularly on complex computation at connections known as synapses that allow communication between brain cells (neurons). Orch OR combines approaches to the problem of consciousness from the radically different angles of mathematics, physics and anesthesia. Penrose and Hameroff initially developed their ideas quite separately from one another, and it was only in the 1990s that they cooperated to produce the Orch OR theory. Penrose came to the problem from the view point of mathematics and in particular Gödel’s theorem, while Hameroff approached it from a career in cancer research and anesthesia that gave him an interest in brain structures.

Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem
In 1931, the mathematician and logician Kurt Gödel proved that any theory capable of expressing elementary arithmetic cannot be both consistent and complete. Further to that, for any consistent formal theory that proves certain basic arithmetic truths, there is an arithmetical statement that is true, but not provable in the theory. In his first book on consciousness, The Emperor's New Mind (1989), Penrose made Gödel's theorem the basis of what quickly became an intensely controversial claim[1] . He argued that the theorem showed that the brain had the ability to go beyond what could be achieved by axioms or formal systems. This would mean that the mind had some additional function that was not based on algorithms (systems or rules of calculation). A computer is driven solely by algorithms. Penrose asserted that the brain could perform functions that no computer could perform. He called this type of functioning non-computable.

The quantum level
Penrose went on to consider what it was in the human brain that might not be driven by algorithms. The physical law is described by algorithms, so it was not easy for Penrose to come up with physical properties or processes that are not described by them. He was forced to look to quantum theory for a plausible candidate. In quantum theory, the fundamental units, the quanta, are in some respects quite unlike objects that are encountered in the large scale world described by classical physics. When sufficiently isolated from the environment, they can be viewed as waves. However these are not the same as matter waves, such as waves in the sea. The quantum waves are essentially waves of probability, the varying probability of finding a particle at some specific position. (These probabilities apply to other states of the particle, such as its momentum, but for the sake of simplicity we will refer to position.) The peak of the wave indicates the location with maximum probability of a particle being found there. The different possible positions of the particle are referred to as superpositions or quantum superpositions. We are speaking here of the isolated form of the quanta. When the quanta are the subject of measurements or of interaction with the environment, the wave characteristic is lost, and a particle is found at a specific point. This change is commonly referred to as the collapse of the wave function. When the collapse happens, the choice of position for the particle is random. This is a drastic departure from classical physics. There is no cause-and-effect process, and no system of algorithms that can describe the choice of position for the particle. This provided Penrose with a candidate for the physical basis of the suggested non-computable process that he proposed as possibly existing in the brain. However, this was not the end of his problems. He had identified something in physics that was not based on algorithms, but at the same time, randomness was not a promising basis for mathematical understanding, the aspect of mind that Penrose particularly focused on.



Objective reduction
Penrose now proposed that existing ideas on wave function collapse might only apply to situations where the quanta are the subject of measurement or of interaction with the environment. He considered the case of quanta that are not the subject of measurements or interactions, but remain isolated from the environment, and proposed that these quanta may be subject to a different form of wave function collapse. In this area, Penrose draws on both Einstein's general theory of relativity, and on his own notions about the possible structure of spacetime[1] [2] . General relativity states that spacetime is curved by massive objects. Penrose, in seeking to reconcile relativity and quantum theory, has suggested that at the very small scale this curved spacetime is not continuous, but constitutes a form of network. Penrose postulates that each quantum superposition has its own piece of spacetime curvature. According to his theory, these different bits of spacetime curvature are separated from one another, and constitute a form of blister in spacetime. Penrose further proposes a limit to the size of this spacetime blister. This is the tiny Planck scale of (10−35 m). Above this size, Penrose suggests that spacetime can be viewed as continuous, and that gravity starts to exert its force on the spacetime blister. This is suggested to become unstable above the Planck scale, and to collapse so as to choose just one of the possible locations for the particle. Penrose calls this event objective reduction (OR), reduction being another word for wave function collapse. An important feature of Penrose's objective reduction is that the time to collapse is a function of the mass/energy of the object undergoing collapse. Thus the greater the superposition, the faster it will undergo OR, and vice versa. Tiny superpositions, e.g. an electron separated from itself, if isolated from environment, would require 10 million years to reach OR threshold. An isolated one kilogram object (e.g. Schrödinger’s cat) would reach OR threshold in only 10−37 seconds. However objects somewhere between the scale of an electron and the scale of a cat could collapse within a timescale that was relevant to neural processing. The threshold for Penrose OR is given by the indeterminacy principle E=ħ/t, where E is the gravitational self-energy or the degree of spacetime separation given by the superpositioned mass, ħ is the reduced Planck constant, and t is the time until OR occurs. There is no existing evidence for Penrose's objective reduction, but the theory is considered to be testable, and plans are in hand to carry out a relevant experiment [3] . From the point of view of consciousness theory, an essential feature of Penrose's objective reduction is that the choice of states when objective reduction occurs is selected neither randomly, as are choices following measurement or decoherence, nor completely algorithmically. Rather, states are proposed to be selected by a 'non-computable' influence embedded in the fundamental level of spacetime geometry at the Planck scale. Penrose claimed that such information is Platonic, representing pure mathematical truth, aesthetic and ethical values. More than two thousand years ago, the Greek philosopher Plato had proposed such pure values and forms, but in an abstract realm. Penrose placed the Platonic realm at the Planck scale. This relates to Penrose's ideas concerning the three worlds: physical, mental, and the Platonic mathematical world. In his theory, the physical world can be seen as the external reality, the mental world as information processing in the brain and the Platonic world as the encryption, measurement, or geometry of fundamental spacetime that is claimed to support non-computational understanding.

The creation of the Orch OR model
When he wrote his first consciousness book, The Emperor's New Mind in 1989, Penrose lacked a detailed proposal for how such quantum processes could be implemented in the brain. Subsequently, Hameroff read The Emperor’s New Mind and suggested to Penrose that certain structures within brain cells (neurons) were suitable candidate sites for quantum processing and ultimately for consciousness[4] [5] . The Orch OR theory arose from the cooperation of these two scientists, and were developed in Penrose's second consciousness book Shadows of the Mind (1994)[2] .

Orch-OR Hameroff's contribution to the theory derived from studying brain cells (neurons). His interest centred on the cytoskeleton, which provides an internal supportive structure for neurons, and particularly on the microtubules[5] , which are the important component of the cytoskeleton. As neuroscience has progressed, the role of the cytoskeleton and microtubules has assumed greater importance. In addition to providing a supportive structure for the cell, the known functions of the microtubules include transport of molecules including neurotransmitter molecules bound for the synapses, and control of the cell's movement, growth and shape[5] . Hameroff proposed that microtubules were suitable candidates to support quantum processing[5] . Microtubules are made up of subunits of the protein, tubulin. Proteins constitute much of the driving machinery of living organisms. Proteins contain hydrophobic pockets. These pockets contain atoms with electrons called π electrons, which means electrons in the reactive outer part (outer shell) of the atom that are not bonded to other atoms. The tubulin protein subunits of the microtubules have hydrophobic pockets within two nanometres of one another. Hameroff claims that this is close enough for the π electrons of the tubulin to become quantum entangled [6] . Quantum entanglement is a state in which quantum particles can alter one another's properties instantaneously and at a distance, in a way which would not be possible, if they were large scale objects obeying the laws of classical as opposed to quantum physics. In the case of the electrons in the tubulin subunits of the microtubules, Hameroff has proposed that large numbers of these electrons can become involved in a state known as a Bose-Einstein condensate. These occur when large numbers of quantum particles become locked in phase and exist as a single quantum object. These are quantum features at a macroscopic scale, and Hameroff suggests that through a feature of this kind quantum activity, which is usually at a very tiny scale, could be boosted to be a large scale influence in the brain. Hameroff has proposed that condensates in microtubules in one neuron can link with microtubule condensates in other neurons and glial cells via gap junctions[7] [8] . In addition to the synaptic connections between brain cells, gap junctions are a different category of connections, where the gap between the cells is sufficiently small for quantum objects to cross it by means of a process known as quantum tunneling. Hameroff proposes that this tunneling allows a quantum object, such as the Bose-Einstein condensates mentioned above, to cross into other neurons, and thus extend across a large area of the brain as a single quantum object. He further postulates that the action of this large-scale quantum feature is the source of the gamma synchronisation observed in the brain, and sometimes viewed as a neural correlate of consciousness [9] . In support of the much more limited theory that gap junctions are related to the gamma oscillation, Hameroff quotes a number of studies from recent years [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] . The Orch OR theory combines Penrose's hypothesis with respect to the Gödel theorem with Hameroff's hypothesis with respect to microtubules. Together, Penrose and Hameroff have proposed that when condensates in the brain undergo an objective reduction of their wave function, that collapse connects to non-computational decision taking/experience embedded in the geometry of fundamental spacetime. The theory further proposes that the microtubules both influence and are influenced by the conventional activity at the synapses between neurons. The Orch in Orch OR stands for orchestrated to give the full name of the theory Orchestrated Objective Reduction. Orchestration refers to the hypothetical process by which connective proteins, known as microtubule associated proteins (MAPs) influence or orchestrate the quantum processing of the microtubules.


Objections to Orch OR
Penrose's interpretation of Gödel's first incompleteness theorem is rejected by many philosophers, logicians and artificial intelligence (robotics) researchers[20] [21] [22] [23] [24] [25] [26] [27] . A paper by the philosophers Rick Grush and Patricia Churchland attacking Penrose has received widespread attention within consciousness studies[28] . Solomon Feferman, a professor of mathematics, logic and philosophy has made more qualified criticisms[29] . He faults detailed points in Penrose's reasoning in his second book 'Shadows of the Mind', but says that he does not think that they undermine the main thrust of his argument. As a mathematician, he argues that mathematicians do not

Orch-OR progress by computer-like or mechanistic search through proofs, but by trial-and-error reasoning, insight and inspiration, and that machines cannot share this approach with humans. However, he thinks that Penrose goes too far in his arguments. Feferman points out that everyday mathematics, as used in science, can in practice be formalised. He also rejects Penrose's platonism. The main objection to the Hameroff side of the theory is that any quantum feature in the environment of the brain would undergo wave function collapse (reduction) as a result of interaction with the environment, far too quickly for it to have any influence on neural processes. The wave or superposition form of the quanta is referred to as being quantum coherent. Interaction with the environment results in decoherence otherwise known as wave function collapse. It has been questioned as to how such quantum coherence could avoid rapid decoherence in the conditions of the brain. With reference to this question, a paper by the physicist, Max Tegmark, refuting the Orch OR model and published in the journal, Physical Review E is widely quoted[30] . Tegmark developed a model for time to decoherence, and from this calculated that microtubule quantum states could exist, but would be sustained for only 100 femtoseconds at brain temperatures, far too brief to be relevant to neural processing. A recent paper by Engel et al. in Nature does indicate quantum coherent electrons as being functional in energy transfer within photosynthetic protein, but the quantum coherence described lasts for 660 femtoseconds[31] rather than the 25 milliseconds required by Orch OR. This reinforces Tegmark's estimate for decoherence timescale of microtubules, which is comparable to the observed coherence time in the photosynthetic complex. In their reply to Tegmark's paper, also published in Physical Review E, the physicists, Scott Hagan and Jack Tuszynski and Hameroff[32] [33] claimed that Tegmark did not address the Orch OR model, but instead a model of his own construction. This involved superpositions of quanta separated by 24 nm rather than the much smaller separations stipulated for Orch OR. As a result, Hameroff's group claimed a decoherence time seven orders of magnitude greater than Tegmarks, but still well short of the 25 ms required if the quantum processing in the theory was to be linked to the 40 Hz gamma synchrony, as Orch OR suggested. To bridge this gap, the group made a series of proposals. It was supposed that the interiors of neurons could alternate between liquid and gel states. In the gel state, it was further hypothesized that the water electrical dipoles are orientated in the same direction, along the outer edge of the microtubule tubulin subunits. Hameroff et al. proposed that this ordered water could screen any quantum coherence within the tubulin of the microtubules from the environment of the rest of the brain. Each tubulin also has a tail extending out from the microtubules, which is negatively charged, and therefore attracts positively charged ions. It is suggested that this could provide further screening. Further to this, there was a suggestion that the microtubules could be pumped into a coherent state by biochemical energy. Finally, it is suggested that the configuration of the microtubule lattice might be suitable for quantum error correction, a means of holding together quantum coherence in the face of environmental interaction. Most of the above mentioned putative augmentations of the Orch OR model are not undisputed. "Cortical dendrites contain largely A-lattice microtubules" is one of 20 testable predictions published by Hameroff in 1998[34] and it was hypothesized that these A-lattice microtubules could perform topological quantum error correction. The latter testable prediction had been actually already experimentally disproved in 1994 by Kikkawa et al., who showed that all in vivo microtubules have B-lattice and a seam [35] [36] . Other peer-reviewed critiques of Orch OR have been published in recent years. One of these is a paper published in PNAS by Reimers et al.[37] , who argue that the condensates proposed in Orch OR would involve energies and temperatures that are not realistic in biological material. Further papers by Georgiev point to a number of problems with Hameroff's proposals, including the lack of explanation for the probabilistic firing of the axonal synapses[38] , an error in the calculated number of tubulin dimers per cortical neuron[39] , and mismodeling of dendritic lamellar bodies (DLBs) discovered by De Zeeuw et al.[40] , who showed that despite the fact that DLBs are stained by antibody against gap junctions, they are located tens of micrometers far away from actual gap junctions. Also it was shown that the proposed tubulin-bound GTP pumping of quantum coherence cannot occur neither in stable microtubules[41] , nor in dynamically unstable microtubules undergoing assembly/disassembly[42] .




See also
• • • • • • Electromagnetic theories of consciousness Holonomic brain theory Many-minds interpretation Quantum Aspects of Life (book) Quantum mind Roger Penrose (1999) Science and the Mind. Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics Public Lectures, May 12, 1999. [43] • Quantum-Mind [4]

[1] Penrose, Roger (1989). The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds and The Laws of Physics. Oxford University Press. pp. 480. ISBN 0-198-51973-7. [2] Penrose, Roger (1989). Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness. Oxford University Press. pp. 457. ISBN 0-19-853978-9. [3] Marshall, W., Simon, C., Penrose, R., and Bouwmeester, D. (2003). " Towards quantum superpositions of a mirror (http:/ / arxiv. org/ abs/ quant-ph/ 0210001)". Physical Review Letters 91: 130401. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.91.130401 (http:/ / dx. doi. org/ 10. 1103/ PhysRevLett. 91. 130401). . [4] Hameroff, S.R., and Watt, R.C. (1982). " Information processing in microtubules (http:/ / www. quantumconsciousness. org/ documents/ informationprocessing_hameroff_000. pdf)". Journal of Theoretical Biology 98: 549-561. . [5] Hameroff, S.R. (1987). Ultimate Computing (http:/ / www. quantumconsciousness. org/ ultimatecomputing. html). Elsevier. . [6] Hameroff, Stuart. " Quantum Consciousness (http:/ / www. quantumconsciousness. org)". . Retrieved November 10, 2009. [7] Hameroff, S.R. (2006). "The entwined mysteries of anesthesia and consciousness". Anesthesiology 105: 400-412. [8] Hameroff, S. (2009). "The “conscious pilot” - dendritic synchrony moves through the brain to mediate consciousness". Journal of Biological Physics. doi: 10.1007/s10867-009-9148-x (http:/ / dx. doi. org/ 10. 1007/ s10867-009-9148-x). [9] Bennett, M.V.L., and Zukin, R.S. (2004). " Electrical Coupling and Neuronal Synchronization in the Mammalian Brain (http:/ / dx. doi. org/ 10. 1016/ S0896-6273(04)00043-1)". Neuron 41: 495-511. doi: 10.1016/S0896-6273(04)00043-1 (http:/ / dx. doi. org/ 10. 1016/ S0896-6273(04)00043-1). . [10] Buhl, D.L., Harris, K.D., Hormuzdi, S.G., Monyer, H., and Buzsaki, G. (2003). "Selective Impairment of Hippocampal Gamma Oscillations in Connexin-36 Knock-Out Mouse In Vivo". Journal of Neuroscience 23: 1013-1018. [11] Dermietzel, R. (1998). "Gap junction wiring: a `new' principle in cell-to-cell communication in the nervous system?". Brain Research Reviews 26: 176-183. [12] Draguhn, A., Traub, R.D., Schmitz, D., and Jefferys, J.G.R. (1998). "Electrical coupling underlies high-frequency oscillations in the hippocampus in vitro". Nature 394: 189-192. [13] Fries, P., Schroder, J.-H., Roelfsema, P.R., Singer, W., and Engel, A.K. (2002). "Oscillatory Neuronal Synchronization in Primary Visual Cortex as a Correlate of Stimulus Selection". Journal of Neuroscience 22: 3739-3754. [14] Galarreta, M., and Hestrin, S. (1999). "A network of fast-spiking cells in the neocortex connected by electrical synapses". Nature 402: 72-75. [15] Gibson, J.R., Beierlein, M., and Connors, B.W. (1999). "Two networks of electrically coupled inhibitory neurons in neocortex". Nature 402: 75-79. [16] networks". Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 1662: 113-137. [17] oscillations". Brain Research Bulletin 62: 3-13. [18] Velazquez, J.L.P., and Carlen, P.L. (2000). "Gap junctions, synchrony and seizures". Trends in Neurosciences 23: 68-74. [19] Rozental, R., and de Carvalho, A.C.C. (2000). "Introduction". Brain Research Reviews 32: 1-2. [20] Maudlin, T. (1995). " Between The Motion And The Act... A Review of Shadows of the Mind by Roger Penrose (http:/ / journalpsyche. org/ ojs-2. 2/ index. php/ psyche/ article/ view/ 2396/ 2325)". Psyche 2. . [21] Klein, S.A. (1995). " Is Quantum Mechanics Relevant To Understanding Consciousness A Review of Shadows of the Mind by Roger Penrose (http:/ / journalpsyche. org/ ojs-2. 2/ index. php/ psyche/ article/ view/ 2397/ 2326)". Psyche 2. . [22] McCullough, D. (1995). " Can Humans Escape Gödel? A Review of Shadows of the Mind by Roger Penrose (http:/ / journalpsyche. org/ ojs-2. 2/ index. php/ psyche/ article/ view/ 2398/ 2327)". Psyche 2. . [23] Moravec, H. (1995). " Roger Penrose's Gravitonic Brains A Review of Shadows of the Mind by Roger Penrose (http:/ / journalpsyche. org/ ojs-2. 2/ index. php/ psyche/ article/ view/ 2399/ 2328)". Psyche 2. . [24] Baars, B.J. (1995). " Can Physics Provide a Theory of Consciousness? A Review of Shadows of the Mind by Roger Penrose (http:/ / journalpsyche. org/ ojs-2. 2/ index. php/ psyche/ article/ view/ 2401/ 2330)". Psyche 2. .

[25] Chalmers, D.J. (1995). " Minds, Machines, And Mathematics A Review of Shadows of the Mind by Roger Penrose (http:/ / journalpsyche. org/ ojs-2. 2/ index. php/ psyche/ article/ view/ 2402/ 2331)". Psyche 2. . [26] McCarthy, J. (1995). " Awareness and Understanding in Computer Programs A Review of Shadows of the Mind by Roger Penrose (http:/ / journalpsyche. org/ ojs-2. 2/ index. php/ psyche/ article/ view/ 2403/ 2332)". Psyche 2. . [27] McDermott, D. (1995). " Penrose is Wrong (http:/ / journalpsyche. org/ ojs-2. 2/ index. php/ psyche/ article/ view/ 2406/ 2335)". Psyche 2. . [28] Grush, R., Churchland, P.S. (1995). " Gaps in Penrose's toilings (http:/ / mind. ucsd. edu/ papers/ penrose/ penrose. pdf)". Journal of Consciousness Studies 2 (1): 10-29. . [29] Feferman, S. (1996). " Penrose's Gödelian argument (http:/ / math. stanford. edu/ ~feferman/ papers/ penrose. pdf)". Psyche 2: 21-32. . [30] Tegmark, M.. "Importance of quantum coherence in brain processes". Physical Review E 61: 4194–4206. [31] Engel, G.S., Calhoun, T.R., Read, E.L., Ahn, T.-K., Mancal, T., Cheng, Y.-C., Blankenship, R.E., and Fleming, G.R. (2007). "Evidence for wavelike energy transfer through quantum coherence in photosynthetic systems". Nature 446: 782-786. [32] Hagan, S., Hameroff, S., and Tuszyński, J.. " Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility (http:/ / arxiv. org/ abs/ quant-ph/ 0005025)". Physical Review E 65: 061901. . [33] Hameroff, S. (2006), "Consciousness, Neurobiology and Quantum Mechanics", in Tuszynski, Jack, The Emerging Physics of Consciousness, Springer, pp. 193-253 [34] Hameroff, S.R. (1998). " Quantum Computation In Brain Microtubules? The Penrose-Hameroff "Orch OR" model of consciousness (http:/ / www. quantumconsciousness. org/ penrose-hameroff/ quantumcomputation. html)". Philosophical Transactions Royal Society London (A) 356: 1869-1896. . [35] Kikkawa, M., Ishikawa, T., Nakata, T., Wakabayashi, T., Hirokawa, N. (1994). " Direct visualization of the microtubule lattice seam both in vitro and in vivo (http:/ / jcb. rupress. org/ cgi/ content/ abstract/ 127/ 6/ 1965)". Journal of Cell Biology 127 (6): 1965-1971. doi: 10.1083/jcb.127.6.1965 (http:/ / dx. doi. org/ 10. 1083/ jcb. 127. 6. 1965). . [36] Kikkawa, M., Metlagel, Z. (2006). " A molecular "zipper" for microtubules (http:/ / dx. doi. org/ 10. 1016/ j. cell. 2006. 12. 009)". Cell 127 (7): 1302-1304. doi: doi:10.1016/j.cell.2006.12.009 (http:/ / dx. doi. org/ doi:10. 1016/ j. cell. 2006. 12. 009). . [37] Reimers, J.R., McKemmish, L.K., McKenzie, R.H., Mark, A.E., and Hush, N.S. (2009). "Weak, strong, and coherent regimes of Fröhlich condensation and their applications to terahertz medicine and quantum consciousness". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106: 4219-4224. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0806273106 (http:/ / dx. doi. org/ 10. 1073/ pnas. 0806273106). [38] Georgiev, D.D. (2007). " Falsifications of Hameroff-Penrose Orch OR model of consciousness and novel avenues for development of quantum mind theory (http:/ / philsci-archive. pitt. edu/ archive/ 00003049/ )". NeuroQuantology 5 (1): 145-174. . [39] Georgiev, D.D. (2009). " Remarks on the number of tubulin dimers per neuron and implications for Hameroff-Penrose Orch (http:/ / precedings. nature. com/ documents/ 3860/ version/ 1)". NeuroQuantology 7 (4): 677-679. . [40] De Zeeuw, C.I., Hertzberg, E.L., Mugnaini, E.. "The dendritic lamellar body: A new neuronal organelle putatively associated with dendrodentritic gap junctions". Journal of Neuroscience 15: 1587-1604. [41] Georgiev, D.D. (2009). " Tubulin-bound GTP can not pump microtubule coherence in stable microtubules. Towards a revision of microtubule based quantum models of mind (http:/ / www. neuroquantology. com/ journal/ index. php/ nq/ article/ view/ 358)". NeuroQuantology 7 (4): 538-547. . [42] McKemmish, L.K., Reimers, J.R., McKenzie, R.H., Mark, A.E., and Hush, N.S. (2009). " Penrose-Hameroff orchestrated objective-reduction proposal for human consciousness is not biologically feasible (http:/ / link. aps. org/ doi/ 10. 1103/ PhysRevE. 80. 021912)". Physical Review E 80: 021912-021916. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.80.021912 (http:/ / dx. doi. org/ 10. 1103/ PhysRevE. 80. 021912). . [43] http:/ / online. kitp. ucsb. edu/ plecture/ penrose/


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Roger Penrose at Brookhaven Lab, 6 February 2007. Born 8 August 1931 Colchester, Essex, England United Kingdom Canada (During WWII) British Mathematical physics Mathematics Bedford College, London St John's College, Cambridge Princeton University Syracuse University King’s College, London Birkbeck, University of London University of Oxford University of Cambridge University College London University College School John A. Todd William Hodge Tristan Needham Richard Jozsa Richard Ward Andrew Hodges George Burnett-Stuart Matthew Ginsberg Adam Helfer Lane P. Hughston Peter Law Claude LeBrun Ross Moore Duncan Stone Tim Poston George Sparling K. Paul Tod Asghar Qadir


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Penrose tiling Twistor Theory Geometry of spacetime Cosmic censorship Weyl curvature hypothesis Moore-Penrose pseudoinverse Newman-Penrose formalism Penrose stairs Penrose inequalities Orch-OR Dennis W. Sciama Michael Atiyah Stuart Hameroff Wolf Prize (1988) Dirac Medal (1989) Copley Medal (2008) Signature

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Notes He is the brother of Jonathan Penrose and Oliver Penrose, and son of Lionel Penrose. He is the nephew of Roland Penrose.

Sir Roger Penrose, OM, FRS (born 8 August 1931) is an English mathematical physicist and Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College. He has received a number of prizes and awards, including the 1988 Wolf Prize for physics which he shared with Stephen Hawking for their contribution to our understanding of the universe.[1] He is renowned for his work in mathematical physics, in particular his contributions to general relativity and cosmology. He is also a recreational mathematician and philosopher.

Born in Colchester, Essex, England, Roger Penrose is a son of Lionel S. Penrose and Margaret Leathes.[2] Penrose is the brother of mathematician Oliver Penrose and correspondence chess grandmaster Jonathan Penrose. Penrose was precocious as a child.[3] He attended University College School. Penrose graduated with a first class degree in mathematics from University College London. In 1955, while still a student, Penrose reinvented the generalized matrix inverse (also known as Moore-Penrose inverse.[4] Penrose earned his Ph.D. at Cambridge (St John's College) in 1958, writing a thesis on "tensor methods in algebraic geometry" under algebraist and geometer John A. Todd. He devised and popularised the Penrose triangle in the 1950s, describing it as "impossibility in its purest form" and exchanged material with the artist M. C. Escher, whose earlier depictions of impossible objects partly inspired it. In 1965 at Cambridge, Penrose proved that singularities (such as black holes) could be formed from the gravitational collapse of immense, dying stars.[5]

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In 1967, Penrose invented the twistor theory which maps geometric objects in Minkowski space into the 4-dimensional complex space with the metric signature (2,2). In 1969 he conjectured the cosmic censorship hypothesis. This proposes (rather informally) that the universe protects us from the inherent unpredictability of singularities (such as the one in the centre of a black hole) by hiding them from our view behind an event horizon. This form is now known as the "weak censorship hypothesis"; in 1979, Penrose formulated a stronger version called the "strong censorship hypothesis". Together with the BKL conjecture and Oil painting by Urs Schmid (1995) of a Penrose tiling using fat and issues of nonlinear stability, settling the censorship thin rhombus. conjectures is one of the most important outstanding problems in general relativity. Also from 1979 dates Penrose's influential Weyl curvature hypothesis on the initial conditions of the observable part of the Universe and the origin of the second law of thermodynamics.[6] Penrose wrote a paper on the Terrell rotation. Roger Penrose is well known for his 1974 discovery of Penrose tilings, which are formed from two tiles that can only tile the plane nonperiodically, and are the first tilings to exhibit fivefold rotational symmetry. Penrose developed these ideas from the article Deux types fondamentaux de distribution statistique[7] (1938; an English translation Two Basic Types of Statistical Distribution) of Czech geographer, demographer and statistician Jaromír Korčák. In 1984, such patterns were observed in the arrangement of atoms in quasicrystals. Another noteworthy contribution is his 1971 invention of spin networks, which later came to form the geometry of spacetime in loop quantum gravity. He was influential in popularizing what are commonly known as Penrose diagrams (causal diagrams). In 2004 Penrose released The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe, a 1,099-page book aimed at giving a comprehensive guide to the laws of physics. He has proposed a novel interpretation of quantum mechanics.[8] Penrose is the Francis and Helen Pentz Distinguished (visiting) Professor of Physics and Mathematics at Pennsylvania State University.[9] Penrose is married to Vanessa Thomas, with whom he has one child. He has three sons from a previous marriage to American Joan Isabel Wedge (1959).

Physics and consciousness
Penrose has written controversial books on the connection between fundamental physics and human (or animal) consciousness. In The Emperor's New Mind (1989), he argues that known laws of physics are inadequate to explain the phenomenon of consciousness. Penrose hints at the characteristics this new physics may have and specifies the requirements for a bridge between classical and quantum mechanics (what he terms correct quantum gravity, CQG). He claims that the present computer is unable to have intelligence because it is an algorithmically deterministic system. He argues against the viewpoint that the rational processes of the mind are completely algorithmic and can thus be duplicated by a sufficiently complex computer—this is in contrast to views, e.g., artificial intelligence, that thought can be simulated. Penrose notes that a process can conceivably be deterministic without being algorithmic. This is based on claims that consciousness transcends formal logic systems because things such as the insolubility of the halting problem and Gödel's incompleteness theorem restrict an algorithmically based logic from traits such as mathematical insight. Penrose believes that such deterministic non-algorithmic processes may come in play in the quantum mechanical wave function reduction, and may be harnessed by the brain. These claims were originally made by the philosopher John Lucas of Merton College, Oxford.

Roger Penrose In 1994, Penrose followed up The Emperor's New Mind with Shadows of the Mind and in 1997 with The Large, the Small and the Human Mind, further updating and expanding his theories. Penrose's views on the human thought process are not widely accepted in scientific circles. According to Marvin Minsky, because people can construe false ideas to be factual, the process of thinking is not limited to formal logic. Furthermore, he says that artificial intelligence (AI) programs can also conclude that false statements are true, so error is not unique to humans. Penrose and Stuart Hameroff have speculated that consciousness is the result of quantum gravity effects in microtubules, which they dubbed Orch-OR (orchestrated objective reduction). But Max Tegmark, in a paper in Physical Review E, calculated that the time scale of neuron firing and excitations in microtubules is slower than the decoherence time by a factor of at least 10,000,000,000. The reception of the paper is summed up by this statement in his support: "Physicists outside the fray, such as IBM's John A. Smolin, say the calculations confirm what they had suspected all along. 'We're not working with a brain that's near absolute zero. It's reasonably unlikely that the brain evolved quantum behavior', he says." The Tegmark paper has been widely cited by critics of the Penrose-Hameroff proposal. It has been claimed by Hameroff to be based on a number of incorrect assumptions (see linked paper below from Hameroff, Hagan and Tuszyński), but Tegmark in turn has argued that the critique is invalid (see rejoinder link below). In particular, Hameroff points out the peculiarity that Tegmark's formula for the decoherence time includes a factor of in the numerator, meaning that higher temperatures would lead to longer decoherence times. Tegmark's rejoinder keeps the factor of for the decoherence time.


Religious views
Penrose has stated that he does not hold to any religious doctrine.[10] In the film A Brief History of Time he stated: "There is a certain sense in which I would say the universe has a purpose. It's not there just somehow by chance. Some people take the view that the universe is simply there and it runs along–it's a bit as though it just sort of computes, and we happen by accident to find ourselves in this thing. I don't think that's a very fruitful or helpful way of looking at the universe, I think that there is something much deeper about it, about its existence, which we have very little inkling of at the moment."[11]

Awards and honours
Penrose has been awarded many prizes for his contributions to science. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1972. In 1975, Stephen Hawking and Penrose were jointly awarded the Eddington Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society. In 1985, he was awarded the Royal Society Royal Medal. Along with Stephen Hawking, he was awarded the prestigious Wolf Foundation Prize for Physics in 1988. In 1989 he was awarded the Dirac Medal and Prize of the British Institute of Physics. In 1990 Penrose was awarded the Albert Einstein Medal for outstanding work related to the work of Albert Einstein by the Albert Einstein Society. In 1991, he was awarded the Naylor Prize of the London Mathematical Society. From 1992 to 1995 he served as President of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation [12]. In 1994, Penrose was knighted for services to science.[13] In 1998, he was elected Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences. In 2000 he was appointed to the Order of Merit. In 2004 he was awarded the De Morgan Medal for his wide and original contributions to mathematical

Roger Penrose during a lecture, explaining the tessellation in the MC Escher lithograph Circle Limit IV

Roger Penrose physics. To quote the citation from the London Mathematical Society [14]: His deep work on General Relativity has been a major factor in our understanding of black holes. His development of Twistor Theory has produced a beautiful and productive approach to the classical equations of mathematical physics. His tilings of the plane underlie the newly discovered quasi-crystals. In 2005 Penrose was awarded an honorary doctorate (Honoris Causa) by Warsaw University and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), and in 2006 by the University of York. In 2008 Penrose was awarded the Copley Medal. He is also a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association and one of the patrons of the Oxford University Scientific Society.


• Techniques of Differential Topology in Relativity (1972, ISBN 0-89871-005-7) • Spinors and Space-Time: Volume 1, Two-Spinor Calculus and Relativistic Fields (with Wolfgang Rindler, 1987) ISBN 0-521-33707-0 (paperback) • Spinors and Space-Time: Volume 2, Spinor and Twistor Methods in Space-Time Geometry (with Wolfgang Rindler, 1988) (reprint), ISBN 0-521-34786-6 (paperback) • The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and The Laws of Physics (1989, ISBN 0-14-014534-6 (paperback); it received the Rhone-Poulenc science book prize in 1990) • Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness (1994, ISBN 0-19-853978-9 (hardback)) • The Nature of Space and Time (with Stephen Hawking, 1996, ISBN 0-691-03791-4 (hardback), ISBN 0-691-05084-8 (paperback)) • The Large, the Small, and the Human Mind (with Abner Shimony, Nancy Cartwright, and Stephen Hawking, 1997, ISBN 0-521-56330-5 (hardback), ISBN 0-521-65538-2 (paperback), Canto edition: ISBN 0-521-78572-3) • White Mars or, The Mind Set Free (with Brian W. Aldiss, 1999, ISBN 978-0-316-85243-2 (hardback)) • The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe (2004, ISBN 0-224-04447-8 (hardcover), ISBN 0-09-944068-7 (paperback)) Penrose also wrote forewords to Quantum Aspects of Life and Zee's book Fearful Symmetry.

See also
• Orch-OR • Quantum Aspects of Life (book)

• Ferguson, Kitty (1991). Stephen Hawking: Quest For A Theory of Everything. Franklin Watts. ISBN 0-553-29895-X. • Misner, Charles; Thorne, Kip S. & Wheeler, John Archibald (1973). Gravitation. San Francisco: W. H. Freeman. ISBN 0-7167-0344-0.; see Box 34.2.

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• Penrose's new theory "Aeons Before the Big Bang?": • Original 2005 lecture: "Before the Big Bang? A new perspective on the Weyl curvature hypothesis" [15] (Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, Nov 11, 2005). • Original publication: "Before the Big Bang: an outrageous new perspective and its implications for particle physics". [16] Proceedings of EPAC 2006. Edinburgh. 2759–2762 (cf. also Hill, C.D. & Nurowski, P. (2007) "On Penrose's 'Before the Big Bang' ideas" [17]. Ithaca) • Revised 2009 lecture: "Aeons Before the Big Bang?" [18] (Georgia Institute of Technology, Center for Relativistic Astrophysics) • BBC interview [19] on the new theory Roger Penrose on The Forum [20] Penrose on sidestepping reason [21] O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Roger Penrose [22]", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive. Hilary Putnam's review of Penrose's 'Shadows of the Mind' claiming that Penrose's use of Godel's Incompleteness Theorem is fallacious [23] • Beyond the Doubting of a Shadow: A Reply to Commentaries on Shadows of the Mind [24] • Penrose Tiling found in Islamic Architecture [25] • Two theories for the formation of quasicrystals resembling Penrose tilings [26] • Tegmark, Max. 2000. "The importance of quantum decoherence in brain processes [27]". Physical Review E. vol 61. pp. 4194–4206. • "Biological feasibility of quantum states in the brain [28]" -(a disputation of Tegmark's result by Hagan, Hameroff, and Tuszyński) • • • • • • Tegmarks's rejoinder to Hagan et al. [29] "Toilet Paper Plagiarism" [30] – D. Trull about Penrose's lawsuit concerning the use of his Penrose tilings on toilet paper Roger Penrose: A Knight on the tiles (Plus magazine) [31] Penrose's Gifford Lecture biography [32] Quantum-Mind [4] Audio: Roger Penrose in conversation on the BBC World Service discussion show [33] The Forum

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[1] Penrose, R (2005), The Road to Reality: A Complete guide to the Laws of the Universe, Vintage Books, ISBN 0-099-44068-7 [2] Penrose and his father shared mathematical concepts with Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher which were incorporated into a number of pieces, including Waterfall, which is based on the 'Penrose triangle', and Up and Down. [3] J. C. Raven's 1936 MSc thesis features introspections from Penrose, aged four and two thirds, as he solved what are now known as Raven's Progressive Matrices, c.f. note 52 of Watt, D. C. (1998). Lionel Penrose, F.R.S. (1898-1972) and Eugenics: Part One (http:/ / links. jstor. org/ sici?sici=0035-9149(199801)52:1<137:LPF(AE>2. 0. CO;2-#). Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, 52, 137-151 [4] Penrose, R. "A Generalized Inverse for Matrices" Proc. Cambridge Phil. Soc. 51, 406-413, 1955) [5] Ferguson, 1991: 66 [6] R. Penrose (1979). "Singularities and Time-Asymmetry". in S. W. Hawking and W. Israel. General Relativity: An Einstein Centenary Survey. Cambridge University Press. pp. 581–638. [7] Jaromír Korčák (1938): Deux types fondamentaux de distribution statistique. Prague, Comité d’organisation, Bull. de l'Institute Int'l de Statistique, vol. 3, pp. 295–299. [8] " If an Electron Can Be in Two Places at once, Why Can't You? (http:/ / discovermagazine. com/ 2005/ jun/ cover/ article_view?b_start:int=0& -C=)". . Retrieved 2008-10-27. [9] " Dr. Roger Penrose at Penn State University (http:/ / www. phys. psu. edu/ people/ display/ index. html?person_id=233& mode=contact. )". . Retrieved 2007-07-09. [10] http:/ / www. samharris. org/ site/ book_letter_to_christian_nation/ [11] http:/ / www. godresources. org/ intelligent_design5. shtml

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[12] http:/ / grg. maths. qmul. ac. uk/ grgsoc/ [13] Official announcement knighthood. (http:/ / www. gazettes-online. co. uk/ ViewPDF. aspx?pdf=53696& geotype=London& gpn=2& type=ArchivedSupplementPage& exact=Roger Penrose) The London Gazette. 11 June 1994. [14] http:/ / www. lms. ac. uk/ activities/ prizes_com/ citations04. html [15] http:/ / www. newton. ac. uk/ webseminars/ pg+ ws/ 2005/ gmr/ gmrw04/ 1107/ penrose/ frames. html [16] http:/ / accelconf. web. cern. ch/ AccelConf/ e06/ PAPERS/ THESPA01. PDF [17] http:/ / arxiv. org/ pdf/ 0710. 3879v2 [18] http:/ / smartech. gatech. edu/ handle/ 1853/ 27632 [19] http:/ / www. youtube. com/ watch?v=pEIj9zcLzp0 [20] http:/ / www. bbc. co. uk/ worldservice/ programmes/ 2009/ 03/ 000000_forum. shtml [21] http:/ / www. youtube. com/ watch?v=xiYDc1LA0I4& feature=user [22] http:/ / www-history. mcs. st-andrews. ac. uk/ Biographies/ Penrose. html [23] http:/ / www. ams. org/ bull/ pre-1996-data/ 199507/ 199507015. pdf [24] http:/ / psyche. csse. monash. edu. au/ v2/ psyche-2-23-penrose. html [25] http:/ / www. sciencenews. org/ articles/ 20070224/ mathtrek. asp [26] http:/ / www. sciencenews. org/ sn_arch/ 10_12_96/ bob1. htm [27] http:/ / www. arxiv. org/ abs/ quant-ph/ 9907009 [28] http:/ / www. quantumconsciousness. org/ pdfs/ decoherence. pdf [29] http:/ / space. mit. edu/ home/ tegmark/ brain. html [30] http:/ / web. archive. org/ web/ 20050312084035/ http:/ / www. parascope. com/ articles/ slips/ fs_151. htm [31] http:/ / plus. maths. org/ issue18/ features/ penrose/ index. html [32] http:/ / www. giffordlectures. org/ Author. asp?AuthorID=254 [33] http:/ / www. bbc. co. uk/ worldservice/ documentaries/ 2009/ 04/ 090427_theforum_260409. shtml


Karl H.Pribram

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Karl H. Pribram (born February 25, 1919 in Vienna, Austria) is a professor at Georgetown University , and an emeritus professor of psychology and psychiatry at Stanford University and Radford University. Board-certified as a neurosurgeon, Pribram did pioneering work on the definition of the limbic system, the relationship of the frontal cortex to the limbic system, the sensory-specific "association" cortex of the parietal and temporal lobes, and the classical motor cortex of the human brain. To the general public, Pribram is best known for his development of the holonomic brain model of cognitive function and his contribution to ongoing neurological research into memory, emotion, motivation and consciousness. American best selling author Katherine Neville is his significant other.

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Holonomic model
Pribram's holonomic model of brain processing states that, in addition to the circuitry accomplished by the large fiber tracts in the brain, processing also occurs in webs of fine fiber branches (for instance, dendrites) that form webs. This type of processing is properly described by Gabor quanta of information, wavelets that are used in quantum holography, the basis of fMRI, PET scans and other image processing procedures. Gabor wavelets are windowed Fourier transforms that convert complex spatial (and temporal) patterns into component waves whose amplitudes at their intersections become reinforced or diminished. Fourier processes are the basis of holography. Holograms can correlate and store a huge amount of information - and have the advantage that the inverse transform returns the results of correlation into the spatial and temporal patterns that guide us in navigating our universe. David Bohm had suggested that were we to view the cosmos without the lenses that outfit our telescopes, the universe would appear to us as a hologram. Pribram extended this insight by noting that were we deprived of the lenses of our eyes and the lens like processes of our other sensory receptors, we would be immersed in holographic experiences.

Other contributions
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Pribram's neurobehavioral experiments established the composition of the limbic system and the executive functions of the prefrontal cortex. Pribram also discovered the sensory specific systems of the association cortex, and showed that these systems operate to organize the choices we make among sensory stimuli, not the sensing of the stimuli themselves.

• Miller, George; Galanter, Eugene, & Pribram, Karl (1960). Plans and the structure of behavior. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. ISBN 0030100755. • Pribram, Karl H. (1969). Brain and behaviour. Hammondsworth: Penguin Books. ISBN 0140805214. • Pribram, Karl (1971). Languages of the brain; experimental paradoxes and principles in neuropsychology. Englewood Cliffs, N. J.: Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0135227305. • Pribram, Karl; Gill, Morton M. (1976). Freud's "Project" re-assessed: preface to contemporary cognitive theory and neuropsychology. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 0465025692. • Pribram, Karl (1991). Brain and perception: holonomy and structure in figural processing. Hillsdale, N. J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. ISBN 0898599954. • Globus, Gordon G.; Pribram, Karl H., & Vitiello, Giuseppe (2004-09-30). Brain And Being: At The Boundary Between Science, Philosophy, Language, And Arts (Advances in Consciousness Research, 58). John Benjamins Publishing Co.. ISBN 158811550X. • Pribram, Karl (ed.) (1969). On the biology of learning. New York: Harcourt Brace & World. ISBN 0155675206. • Pribram, Karl, & Broadbent, Donald (eds.) (1970). Biology of memory. New York: Academic Press. ISBN 0125643500. • Pribram, K. H., & Luria, A. R. (eds.) (1973). Psychophysiology of the frontal lobes. New York: Academic Press. ISBN 0125643403. • Pribram, Karl, & Isaacson, Robert L. (eds.) (1975). The Hippocampus. New York: Plenum Press. ISBN 0306375354. • Pribram, Karl (ed.) (1993). Rethinking neural networks: quantum fields and biological data. Hillsdale, N. J.: Erlbaum. ISBN 0805814663. • Pribram, Karl (ed.) (1994). Origins: brain and self organization. Hillsdale, N. J.: Lawrence Erlbaum. ISBN 0805817867.

Karl H. Pribram • King, Joseph, & Pribram, Karl (eds.) (1995). Scale in conscious experience: Is the brain too important to be left to the specialists to study?. Mahwah, N. J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. ISBN 0805821783. • Pribram, Karl, &K ing, Joseph (eds.) (1996). Learning as self-organization. Mahwah, N. J.: L. Erlbaum Associates. ISBN 080582586X. • Pribram, Karl (ed.) (1998). Brain and values: is a biological science of values possible. Mahwah, N. J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. ISBN 0805831541. • Pribram, Karl (2004). "Brain and Mathematics [1]". Pari Center for New Learning. Retrieved 2007-10-25. • "Like Bohm, Karl Pribram sees the holographic nature of reality [2]". The Ground of Faith. October 2003. Retrieved 2007-10-25. • Mishlove, Jeffrey (1998). "The Holographic Brain with Karl Pribram, MA; Ph.D. [12]". TWM.co.nz. Retrieved 2007-10-25.


External links
• "The Holographic Brain" [3] - Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove interviews Karl Pribham • "Comparison between Holographic Brain Theory and conventional models of neuronal computation" [8] – academic paper on Pribham's work • "Pribram Receives Havel Prize For His Work in Neuroscience" [4] – news article • Global Lens Interview [5] (Video) • [4] quantum mind

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Quantum biology


Quantum biology
Quantum biology seeks to investigate the life sciences[1] in terms of quantum theory. This includes attempts to study biological processes and dynamic molecular structures in terms of quantum mechanics (QM). For example, investigations of dynamic molecular structure and energy transfer at the quantum level have credibility if they explain macroscopic biological observables that otherwise are inexplicable [2] . Quantum biochemistry and quantum studies of photosynthetic processes/photosynthesis have produced significant, verifiable results. In particular the step-wise, quantum release of protons upon photon absorption linked to water `splitting' in photosynthesis requires a quantum theoretical explanation involving complex photosystem II. Furthermore, both experimental and theoretical studies support the involvement of quantum tunnelling mechanisms in enzyme reactions. Fundamental biological processes that involve the conversion of energy into forms that are usable for chemical transformations are quantum mechanical in nature. These processes involve chemical reactions, light absorption, formation of excited electronic states, transfer of excitation energy, and the transfer of electrons and protons (hydrogen ions) in chemical processes such as photosynthesis and cellular respiration.[3] . Quantum biology uses mathematical computation to model biological interactions in light of QM effects [4] . The need for a quantum theoretical study of genetic systems has been pointed out by Erwin Schrodinger in 1946, and followed up with a detailed formal approach to Quantum Genetics by Robert Rosen in 1961. An unresolved and still controversial issue in this field is that of non-trivial (i.e. not limited to properties of molecules) role of quantum effects in biological systems [5] [6] [7] . However recent studies of transcription are consistent with quantum information processing of coherent duplex DNA states by the transcriptase [8] [9] .

Some of the biological phenomena that have been studied in terms of quantum processes are the absorbance of frequency-specific radiation (i.e., photosynthesis[10] and vision)[11] ; the conversion of chemical energy into motion[12] ; magnetoreception in animals[13] and brownian motors in many cellular processes.[14] The field has also been active in researching QM analysis of magnetic fields and bird navigation,[15] and may possibly shed light on Circadian rhythms in many organisms.[16]

• W.G. Cooper, "Evidence for transcriptase quantum processing implies entanglement and decoherence of superposition proton states." BioSystems, 97, pp. 73-89, 2009. • W.G. Cooper, "Necessity of quantum coherence to account for the spectrum of time-dependent mutations exhibited bacteriophage T4." Biochem. Genet. 47, 892, 2009; doi:10.1007/s10528-009-9293-8. • Derek Abbott, Julio Gea-Banacloche, Paul C. W. Davies, Stuart Hameroff, Anton Zeilinger, Jens Eisert, Howard M. Wiseman, Sergey M. Bezrukov, and Hans Frauenfelder, "Plenary debate: quantum effects in biology―trivial or not?" Fluctuation and Noise Letters, 8(1), pp. C5-C26, 2008. • F. H. Thaheld, "An interdisciplinary approach to certain fundamental issues in the fields of physics and biology: towards a unified theory" BioSystems, 80, pp. 41-56, 2005. • J. Gilmore and R. H. McKenzie, "Spin boson models for quantum decoherence of electronic excitations of biomolecules and quantum dots in a solvent," Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 17(10), pp. 1735-1746, 2005. • S. Hameroff and J. Tuszynski, "Quantum states in proteins and protein assemblies: the essence of life?" Proc. SPIE Fluctuations and Noise in Biological, Biophysical, and Biomedical Systems II, Eds. D. Abbott, S.M. Bezrukov, A. Der, and A. Sánchez, 5467, pp. 27-41, Canary Islands, 2004. p

Quantum biology • P.C.W. Davies, "Does quantum mechanics play a non-trivial role in life?" BioSystems, 78, pp. 69-79, 2004. • A. F. Rocha, E. Massad and F. A. B. Coutinho, "Can the human brain do quantum computing?" Medical Hypotheses, 63, pp. 895-899, 2004. • A. U. Igamberdiev, "Quantum computation, non-demolition measurements, and reflective control in living systems," BioSystems, 77, pp. 47-56, 2004. • S. R. Hameroff, "A new theory of the origin of cancer: quantum coherent entanglement, centrioles, mitosis, and differentiation," BioSystems, 77, pp. 119-136, 2004. • Z.-X. Liang and J. P. Klinman, "Structural bases of hydrogen tunneling in enzymes: progress and puzzles," Current Opinion in Structural Biology, 14, pp. 468-655, 2004. • P.C.W. Davies, "Emergent biological principles and the computational properties of the universe," Complexity, 10(2), pp. 11-15, 2004. • Erwin Schrodinger. What is Life ?, Cambridge, 1946. • C. W. Smith, "Quanta and coherence effects in water and living systems," The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 10(1), pp. 69-78, 2004. • L. Hackermuller, S. Uttenthaler, K. Hornberger, E. Reiger, B. Brezger, A. Zeilinger, and M. Arndt, "Wave nature of biomolecules and fluorofullerenes," Physical Review Letters, 91(9), 090408, 2003. • O. Nariz, M. Arndt, and A. Zeilinger, "Quantum interference experiments with large molecules," American Journal of Physics, 71(4), pp. 319-325, 2003. • S. Axelsson, "Perspectives on handedness, life and physics," Medical Hypotheses, 61(2), pp. 267-274, 2003. • S. R. Hameroff, A. Nip, M. Porter, and J. Tuszynski, "Conduction pathways in microtubules, biological quantum computation, and consciousness," BioSystems, 64, pp. 146-168, 2002. • V. Helms, "Electronic excitations of biomolecules studied by quantum chemistry," Current Opinion in Structural Biology, 12, pp. 169-175, 2002. • S. M. Hitchcock, "Photosynthetic quantum computers," arXiv:quant-ph/0108087, 2001. • V. Gogonea, D. Suarez, A. van der Vaart and K. M. Merz, "New developments in applying quantum mechanics to proteins," Current Opinion in Structural Biology, 11, pp. 217-223, 2001. • M. Kameyama, "Quantum cellular biology: a curious example of a cat," Medical Hypotheses, 57(3), pp. 358-360, 2001. • M. Tegmark, "Why the brain is probably not a quantum computer," Information Sciences, 128, pp. 155-179, 2000. • K. Matsuno, "Is there a biology of quantum information? ," BioSystems, 55, pp. 39-46, 2000. • M. Tegmark, "The importance of quantum decoherence in brain processes," Physical Review E, 61(4), pp. 4194-4206, 2000. • H. S. Green, "Measurement and the observer," Chapter 8 in Information Theory and Quantum Physics: Physical Foundations for Understanding the Conscious Process, Springer, pp. 172-209, 2000. • E. Bieberich, "Probing quantum coherence in a biological system by means of DNA amplification," BioSystems, 57, pp. 109-124, 2000. • A. Kohen and J. Klinman, "Hydrogen tunneling in biology," Chemistry and Biology, 6, pp. R191-R198, 1999. • W. J. Meggs, "Biological homing: hypothesis for a quantum effect that leads to the existence of life," Medical Hypotheses, 51, pp. 503-506, 1998.


Quantum biology • M. Tegmark, "Does the universe in fact contain almost no information?" Foundations of Physics Letters, 9(1), pp. 25-42, 1996. • S. Hameroff and R. Penrose, "Orchestrated reduction of quantum coherence in brain microtubules: A model for consciousness," Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 40, pp. 453-480, 1996. • D. V. Nanopoulos, "Theory of brain function, quantum mechanics and superstrings," arXiv: hep-ph/950374, 1995.


Further reading
• Atomistic approaches in modern biology : from quantum chemistry to molecular simulations by Markus Reiher; L Bertini. Berlin ; New York : Springer, 2007. ISBN 9783540380825 • Molecular structure and dynamics in biology. by Roman Osman; Guiliano Alagona; Caterina Ghio; International Society for Quantum Biology and Pharmacology.Wiley, 1999. OCLC: 82140679 • Theoretical chemistry in biology : from molecular structure to functional mechanisms. by Peter Kollman; Harel Weinstein John Wiley and Sons, 1998. OCLC: 80429626

See also
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Chronobiology Circadian rhythm Consciousness causes collapse Erwin Schrodinger Robert Rosen Britton Chance Alberte Pullman Bernard Pullman Stuart Hameroff Holonomic brain theory Mind Science Foundation Roger Penrose Karl Pribram Quantum Aspects of Life Quantum chemistry computer programs Henry Stapp Evan Harris Walker What Is Life?

Quantum biology


External links
• Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [17] • "The Spooky World of Quantum Biology" [18]

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Quantum brain dynamics


Quantum brain dynamics
In neuroscience, quantum brain dynamics (QBD) is a hypothesis to explain the function of the brain within the framework of quantum field theory. Large systems, like those studied biologically, have less symmetry than the idealized systems or single crystals often studied in physics. Jeffrey Goldstone proved that, where symmetry is broken, additional bosons, the Nambu-Goldstone bosons, will then be observed in the spectrum of possible states- one canonical example being the phonon in a crystal. Umezawa (1967) proposed a general theory of quanta of long-range coherent waves within and between brain cells, and showed a possible mechanism of memory storage and retrieval in terms of Nambu-Goldstone bosons. This was later fleshed out into a theory encompassing all biological cells and systems in the quantum biodynamics of Del Giudice et al., (1986, 1988). Mari Jibu and Kunio Yasue (1995) later popularized these results and discussed the implications towards consciousness.

See also
• Paola Zizzi • • • • Quantum mind Shadows of the mind by Roger Penrose Quantum Aspects of Life (book) Quantum-Mind [4]

• Conte, E, Todarello, O, Federici, A, Vitiello, F, Lopane, M, Khrennikov, A, Zbilut JP (2007). Some remarks on an experiment suggesting quantum-like behavior of cognitive entities and formulation of an abstract quantum mechanical formalism to describe cognitive entity and its dynamics. Chaos, Solitons and Fractals 31: 1076-1088 [1] • Conte Elio, Todarello Orlando, Federici Antonio, Zbilut Joseph P.: Mind States follow Quantum Mechanics during Perception and Cognition of Ambiguous Figures: a Final Experimental Confirmation. arXiv:0802.1835 [2] • Conte Elio, Khrennikov Yuri Andrei, Todarello Orlando,Federici Antonio, Zbilut Joseph P.: Mental States Follow Quantum Mechanics during Perception and Cognition of Ambiguous Figures. Open Systems & Information Dynamics, (2009),vol.16, No.1,1-17; available on line PhilPapers. [3]. • Conte Elio, Khrennikov Yuri Andrei, Todarello Orlando, Federici Antonio, Zbilut Joseph P.: On the Existence of Quantum Wave Function and Quantum Interference Effects in Mental States: An Experimental Confirmation during Perception and Cognition in Humans. NeuroQuantology,(2009), First issue 2009 - available on line. • Conte Elio: Exploration of Biological Function by Quantum Mechanics. Proceedings 10th International Congress on Cybernetics, 1983; 16-23, Namur-Belgique. • Conte Elio: Testing Quantum Consciousness. NeuroQuantology, (2008), 6 (2): 126-139. • Conte Elio, Khrennikov Yuri Andrei, Todarello Orlando, Federici Antonio, Zbilut Joseph P.: A Preliminary Experimental Verification On the Possibility of Bell Inequality Violation in Mental States. NeuroQuantology, (2008),6 (3): 214-221. • Khrennikov Yuri Andrei: Quantum-like brain: Interference of minds. BioSystems, (2006), 84: 225-241. [4] • Khrennikov Yuri Andrei: Information Dynamics in Cognitive, Psychological and Anomalous Phenomena. ser. Fundamental Theories of Physics, (2004), Kluwer Academic.

Quantum brain dynamics • Del Giudice E, Doglia S, Milani M, Vitiello G (1986). Electromagnetic field and spontaneous symmetry breaking in biological matter. Nucl. Phys. B 275: 185-199. • Del Giudice E, Preparata G, Vitiello G (1988). Water as a free electric dipole laser. Physical Review Letters 61: 1085-1088. Abstract [5] • Jibu M, Yasue K (1995). Quantum Brain Dynamics: An Introduction. John Benjamins, Amsterdam. • Jibu M, Yasue K (1997). What is mind? Quantum field theory of evanescent photons in brain as quantum theory of consciousness. Informatica 21: 471-490. Abstract [6] • Ricciardi LM, Umezawa H (1967). Brain and physics of many-body problems. Kybernetik 4: 44-48. • Weiss V, Weiss H (2003). The golden mean as clock cycle of brain waves. Chaos, Solitons and Fractals 18: 643-652. Full text [7]


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Quantum mind
The quantum consciousness theory or quantum mind theory is a class of ideas mixing science and philosophy, sharing in common the idea that consciousness, or the state of being self-aware, cannot be fully explained by classical mechanics alone.

The quantum mind hypothesis proposes that classical mechanics cannot fully explain consciousness, and suggests that quantum mechanical phenomena such as quantum entanglement and superposition may play an important part in the brain's function and could form the basis of an explanation of consciousness. A common argument underlying the quantum mind thesis is that classical mechanics cannot explain consciousness, if only because Galileo and Newton (together with later thinkers, viz.: Locke, Hobbes and Descartes) excluded the secondary qualities from the physical world. Fritjof Capra writes:To make it possible for scientists to describe nature mathematically, Galileo postulated that they should restrict themselves to studying the essential properties of material bodies—shapes, numbers, and movement—which could be measured and quantified. Other properties, like color, sound, taste, or smell, were merely subjective mental projections, which should be excluded from the domain of science. [1] Proponents of the Quantum mind argue that perceived qualities, such as sound, taste and smell, also known as qualia, are an essential part of the human experience, and therefore cannot be discounted. They posit that classical mechanics fails to account for the experience of such phenomena. Similarly, they hypothesize that the internal experiences of consciousness, such as dreaming and memory, all of which are 'part and parcel' of everyday human experience remain unaccounted for.

Quantum mind The most standard view of what quantum mechanics means is the Copenhagen Interpretation, due to Bohr and Heisenberg. In the Copenhagen Interpretation, probability waves evolve in time according to prescribed equations. But this smooth evolution is punctuated by moments when an observation takes place. Then the probability wave "collapses" onto a single point. The meaning of this is that an observation pins a particle down at an exact position, so at that moment it is not characterized by a diffuse probability wave. Early in the development of quantum mechanics, it was agreed that observations played a unique role in the theory. (This was very different from Newtonian mechanics, where observation is incidental to the dynamics, and physics goes about its business whether it is measured or not.) For quantum physics, the question arose: What constitutes a measurement? Must it be consciously recognized? If the measuring apparatus is just another physical system, it should also be describable in terms of probability waves, so there is no cause for the wave function to collapse. In order to give special status to these moments of measurement, when the dynamic of the probability wave abruptly shifts, something outside of the physical system must be invoked. Perhaps it is conscious awareness that causes the wave function to collapse. Already in the 1920s, this was the first connection between quantum physics and consciousness. Within the Copenhagen interpretation, this provides a natural place for consciousness within quantum physics. Eugene Wigner wrote: When the province of physical theory was extended to encompass microscopic phenomena through the creation of quantum mechanics, the concept of consciousness came to the fore again. It was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to the consciousness. [2]


Examples of theories
David Bohm
David Bohm took the view that quantum theory and relativity contradicted one another, and that this contradiction implied that there existed a more fundamental level in the physical universe. He claimed that both quantum theory and relativity pointed towards this deeper theory. This more fundamental level was supposed to represent an undivided wholeness and an implicate order, from which arose the explicate order of the universe as we experience it. Bohm's implicate order applies both to matter and consciousness, and he proposes that it could explain the relationship between them. Mind and matter are here seen as projections into our explicate order, from the underlying reality of the implicate order. In Bohm's scheme, there is a fundamental level, where consciousness is not distinct from matter. Bohm's view of consciousness is related to Karl Pribram's holographic conception of the brain. Pribram regards sight and other senses as lenses, without which the other senses would appear as a hologram. Pribram proposes that information is recorded all over the brain, and that it is enfolded into a whole, simlar to a hologram. It is suggested that memories are connected by association, and manipulated by logical thought. If the brain is also receiving sensory input, then memories, associations, logical thought and sensory input are proposed to all be united in the overall experience of consciousness. In trying to describe the nature of consciousness, Bohm discusses the experience of listening to music. He thinks that the feeling of movement and change that makes up our experience of music derives from both the immediate past and the present being held in the brain together, with the notes from the past seen as transformations rather than memories. The notes that were implicate in the immediate past are seen as becoming explicate in the present. Bohm compares this to consciousness emerging from the implicate order. Bohm sees the movement, change, flow and also the coherence of experiences such as listening to music, as a manifestation of the implicate order. He claims to derive evidence for this from the work of Piaget in studying

Quantum mind infants. He states that that these studies show that young children have to learn about time and space, because these are part of the explicate order, but have a 'hard-wired' understanding of movement, because it is part of the implicate order. He compares this 'hard-wiring' to Chomsky's theory that grammar is 'hard-wired' into young human brains. In his writings, Bohm never proposed any specific brain mechanism, by which his implicate order could emerge in a way that was relevant to consciousness.


Gustav Bernroider
Recent papers by physicist Gustav Bernroider, have indicated that he thinks that Bohm's implicate-explicate structure can account for the relationship between neural processes and consciousness[3] . In a paper published in 2005, Bernroider elaborated his proposals for the physical basis of this process[4] . The main thrust of his paper was the argument that quantum coherence may be sustained in the ion channels of neurons for long enough to be relevant for neural processes, and that furthermore these channels could be entangled with surrounding lipids and proteins and with other channels in the same membrane. Ion channels regulate the electrical potential across the axon membrane, and thus play a central role in the brain's information processing. Bernroider bases his work on recent studies of the potassium (K+) ion channel in its closed state and draws particularly on the atomic-level spectroscopy work of the MacKinnon group [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] . The ion channels have a filter region which allows in K+ ions, but bars other ions. These studies show that the filter region has a framework of five sets of four oxygen atoms, which are part of the carboxyl group of amino-acid molecules in the surrounding protein. These are referred to as binding pockets. Two K+ ions are trapped in the selection filter of the closed ion channel. Each of these ions is electrostatically bound to two sets of oxygen atoms or binding pockets, involving eight oxygen atoms in total. Both ions in the channel oscillate between two configurations. Bernroider uses this recently revealed structure to speculate about the possibility of quantum coherence in the ion channels. Bernroider and co-author Sisir Roy's calculations suggested to them that the behaviour of the ions in the K channel could only be understood at the quantum level. Taking this as their starting point, they then ask whether the structure of the ion channel can be related to logic states. Further calculations lead them to suggest that the K+ ions and the oxygen atoms of the binding pockets are two quantum-entangled sub-systems, which they then equate to a quantum computational mapping. The ions that are destined to be expelled from the channel are proposed to encode information about the state of the oxygen atoms. It is further proposed the separate ion channels could be quantum entangled with one another.

David Chalmers
The philosopher David Chalmers has speculated on a number of ways in which quantum mechanics might relate to consciousness, as quoted below:"One possibility is that instead of postulating novel properties, physics might end up appealing to consciousness itself, in the way that some theorists but not all, hold that quantum mechanics does." [10] "The collapse dynamics leaves a door wide open for an interactionist interpretation." [11] "The most promising version of such an interpretation allows conscious states to be correlated with the total quantum state of a system, with the extra constraint that conscious states (unlike physical states) can never be superposed. In a conscious physical system such as a brain, the physical and phenomenal states of the system will be correlated in a (nonsuperposed) quantum state. Upon observation of a superposed external system, Schrödinger evolution at the moment of observation would cause the observed system to become correlated with the brain, yielding a resulting superposition of brain states and so (by psychophysical correlation) a superposition of conscious states. But such a superposition cannot occur, so one of the potential resulting conscious states is somehow selected (presumably by a nondeterministic dynamic principle at the phenomenal level). The result is that (by psychophysical correlation) a definite brain state and a definite state of the observed object are also selected." [12]

Quantum mind "If physics is supposed to rule out interactionism, then careful attention to the detail of physical theory is required." [13]


Roger Penrose
In two books, The Emperor's New Mind and Shadows of the Mind, Penrose argues that 1. Humans have abilities, particularly mathematical ones, that no algorithmic computer (specifically a Turing machine) could have, because computers are limited by Gödel's incompleteness theorem. (The argument was originally due to John Lucas.) Gödel demonstrated that with any recursively enumerable set of axioms capable of expressing Peano arithmetic, it was possible to produce a statement that was obviously true, but could not be proved by the axioms. The theorem enjoys general acceptance in the mathematical community[14] . Penrose, however, in The Emperor's New Mind built a further and highly controversial argument on this theorem. He argued that the theorem showed that the brain had the ability to go beyond what can be demonstrated by mathematical axioms, and therefore there is something within the functioning of the brain that is not based on an algorithm (a system of calculations). A computer is just a system of algorithms, and Penrose claimed that Gödel's theorem demonstrated that brains could perform functions that no computer could perform. Penrose is not interested in explaining phenomenal consciousness, qualia, generally regarded as the most mysterious feature of consciousness, but instead focuses mainly on the cognitive powers of mathematicians. Penrose's claims have been vigorously contested by many critics and notably by the philosophers Churchland and Grush[15] [16] . The theory has been much criticised [17] [18] [19] . 2. Penrose's theory requires some new physics. The random choice of, for instance, the position of a particle, which is involved in the collapse of the wave function was the only physical process that Penrose could find, which was not based on an algorithm. However, he expressed the view that randomness was not a promising basis for the quality of mathematical judgement highlighted by his Gödel theorem argument. However, Penrose went on to propose that when the wave function did not collapse as a result of a measurement or decoherence in the environment, there could be an alternative form of wave function collapse, which he called objective reduction (OR). In this, each quantum superposition has its own space time geometry. When these geometries become separated by more than the Planck length, they are affected by gravity, become unstable and collapse. Penrose further proposes that OR is neither random nor governed by an algorithm, but is 'non-computational', selecting information embedded in the fundamental level of space time geometry. 3. Penrose's objective reduction (OR) requires a coherent superpositioned state to work on. In his first book, Penrose had lacked any detailed proposals for how OR could occur in the brain. However, collaboration with Stuart Hameroff [20] supplied this side of the theory during the early 1990s. Microtubules were central to Hameroff's proposals. These are the core element of the cytoskeleton, which provides a supportive structure and performs various functions in organic cells, including neurons. In additions to these functions, it was now proposed that the microtubules could support macroscopic quantum features known as Bose-Einstein condensates. It was also suggested that these condensates could link with other neurons via gap junctions. This is hypothesised to permit quantum coherence to extend over a large area of the brain. It is further suggested that when one of these areas of quantum coherence collapses, there is an instance of consciousness, and the brain has access to a non-computational process embedded in the fundamental level of space time geometry. At the same time, it was postulated that conventional synaptic activity influences and is influenced by quantum state activity in the microtubules. This part of the process is referred to as 'orchestration' hence the theory is called Orchestrated Objective Reduction Orch OR. Hameroff's proposals like those of Penrose attracted much criticism. In particular, it was argued that conditions in the brain would lead to any quantum coherent states decohering too quickly for them to be relevant to neural processes.

Quantum mind This criticism is discussed in the Science section below.


Henry Stapp
Physically, Henry Stapp's approach is aligned with objective collapse theory, in that the deterministic evolution of the wave function, and its indeterministic collapse are seen as two real and ontologically distinct phenomena. Collapse events occurring within the brain — the mind's observation or measurement of the brain — are particularly important. Since Stapp sees collapse as a mental process and the deterministic evolution of brain states as physical, his approach is philosophically aligned with interactionist dualism. The process by which collapse selects an actuality from a set of possibilities is seen by Stapp as literally a process of choice, and not merely a random dice-throw. His approach has implications with regard to time. Since the future depends on decisions in the present, it is not pre-existing, as in the block universe theory; rather there is an evolving universe in which subjects participate, as in Whitehead's metaphysics. [21] Stapp envisages consciousness as exercising top-level control over neural excitation in the brain. Quantum brain events are suggested to occur at the whole brain level, and are seen as being selected from the large-scale excitation of the brain. The neural excitations are viewed as a code, and each conscious experience as a selection from this code. The brain, in this theory, is proposed to be a self-programming computer, with a self-sustaining input from memory, which is itself a code derived from previous experience. This process results in a number of probabilities from which consciousness has to select. The conscious act is a selection of a piece of top-level code, which then exercises ongoing control over the flow of neural excitation. This process refers to the top levels of brain activity involved with information gathering, planning and the monitoring of the execution of plans. Conscious events are proposed to be capable of grasping a whole pattern of activity, thus accounting for the unity of consciousness, and providing a solution to the 'binding problem'. Stapp's version of the conscious brain is proposed to be a system that is internally determined in a way that cannot be represented outside the system, whereas for the rest of the physical universe an external representation plus a knowledge of the laws of physics allows an accurate prediction of future events. Stapp proposes that the proof of his theory requires the identification of the neurons that provide the top-level code, and also the process by which memory is turned into additional top-level code.

Quantum Brain Dynamics
The ideas behind quantum brain dynamics (QBD) derived originally from the physicists, Hiroomi Umezawa[22] , and Herbert Frohlich[23] in the 1960s. In recent decades, these ideas have been elaborated and given greater prominence by younger physicists such as Mari Jibu[24] , Kunio Yasue[25] and Giuseppe Vitiello[26] . In quantum brain dynamics (QBD), the electrical dipoles of the water molecules that constitute 70% of the brain are proposed to constitute a quantum field, known here as the cortical field. The quanta of this field are described as corticons. In the theory, this field interacts with quantum coherent waves generated by biomolecules in the neurons and propagating along the neuronal network. Frohlich is the source of the idea that quantum coherent waves could be generated in the neuronal network. Frohlich argued that it was not clear how order could be sustained in living systems given the disruptive influence of the fluctuations in biochemical processes. He viewed the electric potential across the neuron membrane as the observable feature of some form of underlying quantum order. His studies claimed to show that with an oscillating charge in a thermal bath, large numbers of quanta may condense into a single state known as a Bose condensate. This state allows long-range correlation amongst the dipoles involved. Further to this, biomolecules were proposed to line up along actin filaments (part of the cytoskeleton), and dipole oscillations to propagate along the filaments as quantum coherent waves. This now has some experimental support in the form of confirmation that biomolecules with high electric dipole moment have been shown to have a periodic oscillation[27] .

Quantum mind Vitiello also argues that the ordered chains of chemical reactions, on which biological tissues depend, would collapse without some form of quantum ordering, which in QBD is described by quantum field theory rather than quantum mechanics. Vitiello provides citations, which are claimed to support his view of biological tissue. These include studies of radiation effect on cell growth[28] ,response to external stimuli[29] , non-linear tunnelling[30] ,coherent nuclear motion in membrane proteins[31] ,optical coherence in biological systems[32] , energy transfer via solitons and coherent excitations[33] . QBD proposes that the cortical field not only interacts with, but also to a good extent controls the neuronal network. It suggests that biomolecular waves propagate along the actin filaments in the area of the cell membranes and dendritic spines. The waves derive energy from ATP molecules stored in the cell membrane, and control the ion channels, which in turn regulate the flow of signals to the synapses. Vitiello claims that QBD does not require quantum oscillations to last as long as the actual time to decoherence. The proponents of QBD differ somewhat as the exact way in which it produces consciousness. Jibu and Yasue think that the interaction between the energy quanta of the cortical field and the biomolecular waves of the neuronal network, particularly the dendritic part of the network, is what produces consciousness. On the other hand, Vitiello thinks that the quantum states involved in QBD produce two poles, a subjective representation of the external world and a self. This self opens itself to the representation of the external world. Consciousness is, in this theory, not in either the self or the external representation, but between the two in the opening of one to the other.


Ongoing Debate
The main argument against the quantum mind proposition is that quantum states would decohere too quickly to be relevant to neural processing. Possibly the scientist most often quoted in relation to this criticism is Max Tegmark. Based on his calculations, Tegmark concluded that quantum systems in the brain decohere quickly and cannot control brain function. Proponents of the various quantum consciousness theories have sought to defend them against Tegmark's criticism. In respect of QBD, Vitiello has argued that Tegmark's work applies to theories based on quantum mechanics but not to those such as QBD that are based on quantum field theory. In respect of Penrose and Hameroff's Orch OR theory, Hameroff along with Hagan and Tuszynski replied to Tegmark.[34] They claimed that Tegmark based his calculations on a model that was different from Orch OR. It is argued that in the Orch OR model, the microtubules are shielded from decoherence by ordered water. Energy pumping as a result of thermal disequilibrium, Debye layer screening and quantum error correction, deriving from the geometry of the microtubule lattice are also proposed as possible sources of shielding. Similarly, in his extension of Bohm's ideas, Bernroider has claimed that the binding pockets in the ion selection filters could protect against decoherence[4] . So far, however, there has been no experimental confirmation of the ability of the features mentioned above to protect against decoherence, although a paper in Nature by Gregory Engel (April, 2007) on quantum coherent energy transfer in photosynthetic protein relates to quantum coherence and 'quantum computing' in living matter.

Another line of criticism is that no physical theory, classical or quantum, is well suited to explaining consciousness, particularly in its most problematical form, which is phenomenal consciousness or qualia, known as the hard problem of consciousness.[35] If no physical theory can express qualia, no physical theory can fully explain consciousness. Replacing the mathematical apparatus of classical physics with the mathematical apparatus of quantum mechanics is therefore of no help in understanding consciousness. The modern philosopher, David Chalmers, is a critic of both classical and quantum theories and says, "Nevertheless, quantum theories of consciousness suffer from the same difficulties as neural or computational theories. Quantum phenomena have some

Quantum mind remarkable functional properties, such as non-determinism and non-locality. It is natural to speculate that these properties may play some role in the explanation of cognitive functions, such as random choice and the integration of information, and this hypothesis cannot be ruled out a priori. But when it comes to the explanation of experience, quantum processes are in the same boat as any other. The question of why these processes should give rise to experience is entirely unanswered." Other philosophers, such as Patricia and Paul Churchland and Daniel Dennett[36] believe that ordinary, reductionist, deterministic theories are perfectly adequate to deal with consciousness. In this view, understanding consciousness requires discovering complex organizational properties, but no supernatural elements or new physics.


See also
• • • • • • • Bohm interpretation of quantum mechanics Consciousness causes collapse interpretation of quantum mechanics Electromagnetic theories of consciousness Evolutionary neuroscience Hard problem of consciousness Holonomic brain theory Mechanism (philosophy)

• Roger Penrose's Quantum Mind theory • Quantum brain dynamics • Theory of mind

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Further reading
• Bennett, Charles H., Shor, Peter W., Smolin, John A. and Thapliyal, Ashish V. Entanglement-Assisted Classical Capacity of Noisy Quantum Channels, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 3081–3084 (1999). [51] • Conte, Elio, Todarello, Orlando, Federici, Antonio, Vitiello, Francesco, Lopane, Michele, Khrennikov, Andrei and Joseph P. Zbilut: Some remarks on an experiment suggesting quantum-like behavior of cognitive entities and formulation of an abstract quantum mechanical formalism to describe cognitive entity and its dynamics. Chaos, Solitons and Fractals 31 (2007) 1076-1088 [1] • Conte Elio, Khrennikov Yuri Andrei, Todarello Orlando,Federici Antonio, Zbilut Joseph P.: Mental States Follow Quantum Mechanics during Perception and Cognition of Ambiguous Figures. Open Systems & Information Dynamics, (2009),Vol.16, No.1,1-17; available on line PhilPapers,[3]. • Conte Elio, Khrennikov Yuri, Todarello Orlando, Federici Antonio, Zbilut Joseph P: On the Existence of Quantum Wave Function and Quantum Interference Effects in Mental States: An Experimental Confirmation during Perception and Cognition in Humans. NeuroQuantology, (2009), First issue 2009 - available on line.[52] • Conte Elio: Exploration of Biological Function by Quantum Mechanics. Proceedings 10th International Congress on Cybernetics, 1983;16-23, Namur-Belgique. • Conte Elio: Testing Quantum Consciousness. NeuroQuantology (2008); 6 (2): 126-139.[52] • Conte Elio, Khrennikov Yuri Andrei, Todarello Orlando, Federici Antonio, Zbilut Joseph P.: A Preliminary Experimental Verification On the Possibility of Bell Inequality Violation in Mental States. NeuroQuantology, (2008); 6 (3): 214-221.[52] • Khrennikov Yuri Andrei: Quantum-like brain: Interference of minds. BioSystems 84, 225-241 (2006). [4] • Khrennikov Yuri Andrei: Information Dynamics in Cognitive, Psychological and Anomalous Phenomena. ser. Fundamental Theories of Physics, Kluwer Academic, 2004.

Quantum mind • Conte Elio, Todarello Orlando, Federici Antonio, Zbilut Joseph P.: Mind States follow Quantum Mechanics during Perception and Cognition of Ambiguous Figures: a Final Experimental Confirmation. arXiv:0802.1835 [2] • Flanagan, Brian. Are Perceptual Fields Quantum Fields? [53] • Hodgson, David. The Mind Matters. Oxford University Press, 1993. • Koch, C. and Hepp, K., Quantum mechanics in the brain [54], Nature 440, 611 (30 March 2006) • Litt et al., Is the Brain a Quantum Computer?, Cognitive Science (2006) [55] • Lockwood, Michael. Mind, Brain and the Quantum. Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell Ltd., 1989. • McFadden, Johnjoe (2000) Quantum Evolution [56] HarperCollins. ISBN 0-00-255948-X; ISBN 0-00-655128-9 . Final chapter on the quantum mind. • Pharaoh, M.C. (online). Looking to quantum mechanics for a reductive explanation of the noumenon of consciousness [57] Retrieved June.21 2008. • Schrödinger, Erwin. Mind and Matter. Cambridge University Press, 1959. • Weiss V, Weiss H (2003). The golden mean as clock cycle of brain waves. Chaos, Solitons and Fractals 18: 643-652. Full text [58] • Weyl, Hermann. Mind and Nature, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1934. • Wigner, Eugene. "Physics and the Explanation of Life," in Foundations of Physics, vol. 1, 1970, pp. 34–45.


External links
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Macroscopic quantum effects in biophysics and consciousness [59] NeuroQuantology Journal [52] The Science and Philosophy of Consciousness [60] Quantum Interconnectedness [61] Problem with Quantum Mind Theory [4] Center for Consciousness Studies, [1] directed by Stuart Hameroff Stuart Hameroff's Quantum Consciousness site [3] Online papers on the quantum mechanisms of consciousness [62] Spin & Consciousness Research [63] Stanford Univ. Encyclopedia of Philosophy critical survey article Harald Altmanspacher (2006) Quantum Approaches to Consciousness [64] Henry Stapp's collection of articles and papers [65] Quantumbionet [66] Quantum-Mind [4] "Quantum computation in brain microtubules? The Penrose-Hameroff "Orch OR" model of consciousness" [67] "The Quantum Mind/Classical Brain Problem" [68]

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The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe


The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
Author Language Genre(s) Publisher Publication date Pages Roger Penrose English Popular science Vintage Books 2004 Later revised editions: 2005, 2006, 2007 1136

The Road to Reality is a book on modern physics by the British mathematical physicist Roger Penrose, published in 2004. It covers the basics of the standard model of modern physics, discussing general relativity and quantum mechanics and then expands on the possible unification of these two theories. The book is just over 1100 pages, of which the first 350 are dedicated to mathematics—Penrose's goal was to acquaint inquisitive readers with the mathematical tools needed to understand the remainder of the book in depth. On page 383 physics enters the discussion with the topic of spacetime. From there it moves on to fields in spacetime, deriving the classical electrical and magnetic forces from first principles; that is, if one lives in spacetime of a particular sort, these fields develop naturally as a consequence. Energy and conservation laws appear in the discussion of the Lagrangians and Hamiltonians, before moving onto a full discussion of quantum physics, particle theory and quantum field theory. A discussion of the measurement problem in quantum mechanics is given a full chapter; superstrings are given a chapter near the end of the book, as are loop gravity and twistor theory. The book ends with an exploration of other theories and possible ways forward. The book discusses the physical world. Many fields that scientists in the 19th century believed were separate, electricity and magnetism for instance, are facets of a more fundamental properties. Some texts, both popular and university level, introduce these topics as separate concepts and then "force" the combination on them much later. In Road to Reality this process is reversed, by first demonstrating the mathematics that is needed to discuss the spacetime we appear to live in, then showing that electromagnetism simply falls out fully formed. As Penrose admits, the final chapters reflect his personal perspective, as opposed to what he considers current fashion among theoretical physicists. He is skeptical about string theory, to which he prefers loop quantum gravity; he is optimistic about his own approach, twistor theory, and holds some controversial views about the role of consciousness in physics, as laid out in his earlier books (see Shadows of the Mind).

The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe


See also
• • • • The Emperor's New Mind Shadows of the Mind The Elegant Universe Three Roads to Quantum Gravity

Book editions
• • • • Alfred A. Knopf (publisher), February 2005, hardcover, ISBN 0-679-45443-8 Vintage Books, 2005, softcover, ISBN 0-09-944068-7 Vintage Books, 2006, softcover, ISBN 0-099-44068-7 Vintage Books, 2007, softcover, ISBN 0-679-77631-1

External links
• Site [1] with errata and solutions to the book's many exercises. Not sponsored by Penrose. • Internet forum. [2]

[1] http:/ / www. roadsolutions. ox. ac. uk/ [2] http:/ / www. roadtoreality. info/

Shadows of the Mind


Shadows of the Mind
Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness

Author Cover artist Country Language Subject(s) Publisher Publication date Media type Pages ISBN OCLC Number Dewey Decimal LC Classification Preceded by

Roger Penrose Joel Nakamura USA English Artificial Intelligence, mathematics, & quantum mechanics Oxford University Press, 1st edition 1994 (1st ed.) Hardback 457 pages ISBN 0-19-853978-9 (1st ed.) 30593111 006.3 20 Q335 .P416 1994 The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds and The Laws of Physics

Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness is a 1994 book by mathematical physicist Roger Penrose, and serves as a followup to his 1989 book The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds and The Laws of Physics. In the book, Penrose expounds upon his previous assertions that human consciousness is non-algorithmic, and thus is not capable of being modeled by a conventional Turing machine-type of digital computer. Penrose hypothesizes that quantum mechanics plays an essential role in the understanding of human consciousness, specifically that microtubules within neurons provide the brain with the hardware necessary to perform quantum computation and therefore that the collapse of the quantum wavefunction plays an important role in brain function. In Shadows of the Mind, Penrose takes a new approach in arguing that consciousness is non-algorithmic, attempting a mathematical proof using Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem.

Shadows of the Mind


Penrose's views on the human thought process are not widely accepted in scientific circles (Drew McDermott[2] , David Chalmers[3] and others). According to Marvin Minsky, because people can construe false ideas to be factual, the process of thinking is not limited to formal logic. But, this is exactly Penrose's point -- that human thinking and consciousness is not formal logic, not a Turing machine, as are today's computers. Further, AI programs can also conclude that false statements are true, so error is not unique to humans. Another dissenter, Charles Seife, has said, "Penrose, the Oxford mathematician famous for his work on tiling the plane with various shapes, is one of a handful of scientists who believe that the ephemeral nature of consciousness suggests a quantum process." In May 1995 Stanford mathematician Solomon Feferman attacked Penrose's approach on multiple grounds, including the mathematical validity of his Gödelian argument and theoretical background.[4] In 1996 Penrose offered a consolidated reply to many of the criticisms of 'Shadows'.[5] John Searle criticizes Penrose's appeal to Gödel as resting on the fallacy that all computational algorithms must be capable of mathematical description. As a counter-example, Searle cites the assignment of license plate numbers to specific vehicle identification numbers, in order to register a vehicle. According to Searle, no mathematical function can be used to connect a known VIN with its LPN, but the process of assignment is quite simple—namely, "first come, first serve"—and can be performed entirely by a computer.[6]

Microtubule hypothesis
Penrose and Stuart Hameroff have constructed the Orch-OR theory in which human consciousness is the result of quantum gravity effects in microtubules. But Max Tegmark, in a paper in Physical Review E,[7] calculated that the time scale of neuron firing and excitations in microtubules is slower than the decoherence time by a factor of at least 1010. The reception of the paper is summed up by this statement in his support: "Physicists outside the fray, such as IBM's John Smolin, say the calculations confirm what they had suspected all along. 'We're not working with a brain that's near absolute zero. It's reasonably unlikely that the brain evolved quantum behavior', he says." The Tegmark paper has been widely cited by critics of the Penrose-Hameroff proposal.

See also
• • • • • The Emperor's New Mind Quantum mind The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe, a 2004 book by Penrose Alan Turing, creator of the Turing test Orch-OR

Notes and references
[1] http:/ / worldcat. org/ oclc/ 30593111 [2] Penrose is Wrong (http:/ / psyche. cs. monash. edu. au/ v2/ psyche-2-17-mcdermott. html) Drew McDermott, PSYCHE, 2(17), October, 1995 [3] Minds, Machines, And Mathematics - A Review of Shadows of the Mind by Roger Penrose (http:/ / psyche. cs. monash. edu. au/ v2/ psyche-2-09-chalmers. html) David J. Chalmers, PSYCHE 2(9) June 1995 [4] Penrose's Gödelian argument (http:/ / psyche. cs. monash. edu. au/ v2/ psyche-2-07-feferman. html) ( PDF (http:/ / math. stanford. edu/ ~feferman/ papers/ penrose. pdf)) Feferman, PSYCHE 2(7) May 1995 [5] Beyond the Doubting of a Shadow - A Reply to Commentaries on Shadows of the Mind (http:/ / psyche. cs. monash. edu. au/ v2/ psyche-2-23-penrose. html) Roger Penrose, PSYCHE, 2(23), January 1996 [6] Searle, John R. The Mystery of Consciousness. 1997. ISBN 0940322064. pp 85-86. [7] Tegmark, M. (2000), " Importance of quantum decoherence in brain processes (http:/ / arxiv. org/ abs/ quant-ph/ 9907009)", Phys. Rev. E 61: 4194–4206, doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.61.4194 (http:/ / dx. doi. org/ 10. 1103/ PhysRevE. 61. 4194),

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Henry Stapp


Henry Stapp
Henry Stapp is an American physicist, well-known for his work in quantum mechanics.

After receiving his PhD in particle physics at the University of California, Berkeley, under the supervision of Nobel Laureates Emilio Segrè and Owen Chamberlain, Stapp moved to ETH Zurich to do post-doctoral work under Wolfgang Pauli. During this period he composed an article called 'Mind, Matter and Quantum Mechanics', which he never sent for publication, but would become the title of his 1993 book. When Pauli died in 1958, Stapp transferred to Munich, now in the company of Werner Heisenberg. While making important contributions to, inter alia, the analysis of proton-proton scattering and the development of analytic S-matrix theory, Stapp is perhaps most well known for his ongoing work in the foundations of quantum mechanics, with particular focus on explicating the role and nature of consciousness. He is also an expert on Bell's Theorem, having solved problems related to non-locality presented by John Bell and Albert Einstein. He currently performs his research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Some of Stapp's work concerns the implications of quantum mechanics for consciousness. Stapp sees a global collapse of superposed brain states as in the process of choosing between alternatives. Stapp points out that orthodox quantum theory reconciles two diverse aspects of scientific practice: the mathematical aspect represented by the deterministic evolution of mathematical properties in accordance with a deterministic equation Schrödinger's equation; and the empirical aspect associated with our human actions upon the world about us, and the feedbacks that we experience. Another way that he puts it is that the mathematically determined evolution via Schrödinger's equation is the 'rock like' aspect of matter, while the quantum collapse of the wave function is mind-like. His theory of how mind may interact with matter via quantum processes in the brain differs from that of Penrose and Hameroff. While the latter postulates quantum computing in the microtubules in brain neurons, Stapp postulates more global collapse via his 'mind like' wave-function collapse that exploits certain aspects of the quantum Zeno effect within the synapses to explain attention.

The known laws of quantum theory, taken as including wave function collapse, are indeterministic; they do not completely specify either the actions we take or the outcomes we experience in terms of the prior mathematical state of the universe, and the choice of action is not fixed even statistically. Thus, according to at least one orthodox contemporary theory, the universe of which we are parts evolves, insofar as contemporary science can say, in a way that need not be determined exclusively by the matter-like aspects of nature (although the existence of immaterial determining factors remains speculative). A corollary of this view of reality is that the history of the universe need not be a fixed 4 dimensional structure, as nineteenth century physics proclaimed, but is constantly forging ahead into the future, in keeping with common sense. According to Stapp, each increase in human knowledge is associated with a wave function collapse, which is an 'act of creation' that is a step along the arrow of time. Thus, free will could be seen as directly instrumental in the evolution of the universe. The emergence of Quantum Darwinism supports Stapp's theories of consciousness. Quantum Darwinism is a theory explaining the emergence of the classical world from the quantum world as due to a process of Darwinian selection. It is proposed by Wojciech Zurek and a group of collaborators including Ollivier, Poulin, Paz and Blume-Kohout. The development of the theory is due to the integration of a number of Zurek’s research topics pursued over the course of twenty five years including: pointer states, einselection and decoherence.

Henry Stapp


See also
• Quantum mind • Consciousness causes collapse • Quantum Zeno effect

External links
• List of papers on LBNL server [65]

Evan Harris Walker
Evan Harris Walker (died August 17, 2006), was an American physicist. Born in Franklin, Indiana, Harris received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland in 1964. He holds over a dozen patents and has published more than a hundred papers in scientific journals. Walker founded the Walker Cancer Research Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Aberdeen, Maryland, which funds public awareness of the risk of cancer and research for a cure. However, the organization has consistently received poor ratings by charity watchdog organizations. (See External Links.) Walker promoted the charge that Albert Einstein "stole" special relativity from his first wife, Mileva Marić. (This claim has not been accepted by mainstream historians of science.)[Pais (1994), pp. 1-29; Holton (1996), pp. 177-193; Stachel (2002), p. 26-38; 39-55; Martinez, (2005), pp. 49-56.] Evan Harris Walker died, aged 70, on August 17, 2006, at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Scientific career
In 2000 Walker published The Physics of Consciousness. This book attempts to describe how quantum mechanical processes may be responsible for the creation of human consciousness. Walker developed concepts and designs that have resulted in several inventions including one invention in the field of solar energy and a recent development in the field of environmental protection. His inventions were introduced into the design of the M-1 Abrams tank used in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, contributing to the saving of 48 lives (by actual count) during that conflict. He made significant contributions on behalf of the U.S. Government's interests to delay and mitigate the Yom Kippur War that occurred in 1973. Walker also contributed significantly to non-nuclear designs for ballistic missile defense. Walker made contributions to the US Satellite Program in the development of formulas to determine satellite electric field effects on plasma probes and instrumentation. Walker was an authority on lunar surface phenomena, particularly in the areas of photoelectric effects on surface features, meteoric impact effects, cratering statistics, surface and subsurface structure, and erosion transport mechanisms on the moon.[1]

Evan Harris Walker


• "The Physics of Consciousness: The Quantum Mind and the Meaning of Life" by Evan Harris Walker, Ph.D., published in 2000 by Perseus Publishing, ISBN 0-7382-0436-6 • Holton (1996). Einstein, History, and Other Passions. Harvard University Press, pp. 177-193. • Martinez, A. (2005). "Handling evidence in history: the case of Einstein's Wife". School Science Review, Vol. 86, No. 316 (March 2005), pp. 49-56. • Pais (1994). Einstein Lived Here. Oxford University Press, pp. 1-29. • Stachel (2002). Einstein from 'B' to 'Z'. Boston: Bïrkhauser, pp. 26-38; 49-56.

See also
• Consciousness causes collapse • Quantum mind

External links
• "Walker Cancer Research Institute [2]". Organizational home. Retrieved February 4, 2006. • Walker's Bio [3] • The Charity Navigator rating [4] for the Walker Cancer Research Institute. • Better Business Bureau notes failure to disclose [5] by the Walker Cancer Research Institute. • "Evan Harris Walker [1]". Parapsychology Association. Retrieved February 4, 2006. • "Student Tribute: Legendary Thinker, Physicist Evan H. Walker, Remembered this Week [6]". Science of Self Club. Retrieved August 30, 2006.

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Theory of mind


Theory of mind
Theory of mind is the ability to attribute mental states—beliefs, intents, desires, pretending, knowledge, etc.—to oneself and others and to understand that others have beliefs, desires and intentions that are different from one's own.[1] Though there are philosophical approaches to issues raised in such discussions, theory of mind as such is distinct from the philosophy of mind.

Defining Theory of Mind
Theory of Mind is a theory insofar as the mind is not directly observable.[2] The presumption that others have a mind is termed a theory of mind because each human can only prove the existence of his or her own mind through introspection, and no one has direct access to the mind of another. It is typically assumed that others have minds by analogy with one's own, and based on the reciprocal nature of social interaction, as observed in joint attention, [3] the functional use of language,[4] and understanding of others' emotions and actions.[5] Having a theory of mind allows one to attribute thoughts, desires, and intentions to others, to predict or explain their actions, and to posit their intentions. As originally defined, it enables one to understand that mental states can be the cause of—and thus be used to explain and predict—others’ behavior.[6] Being able to attribute mental states to others and understanding them as causes of behavior implies, in part, that one must be able to conceive of the mind as a “generator of representations”.[7] [8] If a person does not have a complete theory of mind it may be a sign of cognitive or developmental impairment. Theory of mind appears to be an innate potential ability in humans, but one requiring social and other experience over many years to bring to fruition. Different people may develop more, or less, effective theories of mind. Empathy is a related concept, meaning experientially recognizing and understanding the states of mind, including beliefs, desires and particularly emotions of others, often characterized as the ability to "put oneself into another's shoes." Theorizing in the neo-Piagetian theories of cognitive development maintains that theory of mind is a byproduct of a broader hypercognitive ability of the human mind to register, monitor, and represent its own functioning. [9] Research on theory of mind in a number of different populations (human and animal, adults and children, normallyand atypically-developing) has grown rapidly in the almost 30 years since Premack and Woodruff's paper, "Does the chimpanzee have a theory of mind?",[10] as have the theories of theory of mind. The emerging field of social neuroscience has also begun to address this debate, by imaging humans while performing tasks demanding the understanding of an intention, belief or other mental state. An alternative account of ToM is given within operant psychology and provides significant empirical evidence for a functional account of both perspective taking and empathy. The most developed operant approach is founded on research on derived relational responding and is subsumed within what is called, "Relational Frame Theory." According to this view empathy and perspective taking comprise a complex set of derived relational abilities based on learning to discriminate and verbally respond to ever more complex relations between self, others, place, and time, and the transformation of function through established relations. [11] [12]

Philosophical roots
Contemporary discussions of ToM have their roots in philosophical debate—most broadly, from the time of Descartes’ "Second Meditation," which set the groundwork for considering the science of the mind. Most prominent recently are two contrasting approaches, in the philosophical literature, to theory of mind: theory-theory and simulation theory. The theory-theorist imagines a veritable theory—"folk psychology"—used to reason about others' minds. The theory is developed automatically and innately, though instantiated through social interactions.[13]

Theory of mind On the other hand, simulation theory suggests ToM is not, at its core, theoretical. Two kinds of simulationism have been proposed.[14] One version (Alvin Goldman's) emphasizes that one must recognize one's own mental states before ascribing mental states to others by simulation. The second version of simulation theory proposes that each person comes to know his or her own and others' minds through what Robert Gordon[15] names a logical "ascent routine" which answers questions about mental states by re-phrasing the question as a metaphysical one. For example, if Zoe asks Pam, "Do you think that dog wants to play with you?", Pam would ask herself, "Does that dog want to play with me?" to determine her own response. She could equally well ask that to answer the question of what Zoe might think. Both hold that people generally understand one another by simulating being in the other's shoes. One of the differences between the two theories that have influenced psychological consideration of ToM is that theory-theory describes ToM as a detached theoretical process that is an innate feature, whereas simulation theory portrays ToM as a kind of knowledge that allows one to form predictions of someone's mental states by putting oneself in the other person's shoes and simulating them. These theories continue to inform the definitions of theory of mind at the heart of scientific ToM investigation. The philosophical roots of the Relational Frame Theory account of ToM arises from contextual psychology and refers to the study of organisms (both human and non-human) interacting in and with a historical and current situational context. It is an approach based on contextualism, a philosophy in which any event is interpreted as an ongoing act inseparable from its current and historical context and in which a radically functional approach to truth and meaning is adopted. As a variant of contextualism, RFT focuses on the construction of practical, scientific knowledge. This scientific form of contextual psychology is virtually synonymous with the philosophy of operant psychology[16] .


Theory of mind development
The study of which animals are capable of attributing knowledge and mental states to others, as well as when in human ontogeny and phylogeny this ability developed, has identified a number of precursory behaviors to a theory of mind. Understanding attention, understanding of others' intentions, and imitative experience with other people are hallmarks of a theory of mind which may be observed early in the development of what will later become a full-fledged theory. In studies with non-human animals and pre-verbal humans, in particular, researchers look to these behaviors preferentially in making inferences about mind. Baron-Cohen identified the infant's understanding of attention in others, a social skill found by 7 to 9 months of age, as a "critical precursor" to the development of theory of mind[17] . Understanding attention involves understanding that seeing can be directed selectively as attention, that the looker assesses the seen object as "of interest," and that seeing can induce beliefs. Attention can be directed and shared by the act of pointing, a joint attention behavior which requires taking into account another person's mental state, particularly whether the person notices an object or finds it of interest. Baron-Cohen speculates that the inclination to spontaneously reference an object in the world as of interest ("proto-declarative pointing") and to likewise appreciate the directed attention and interests of another may be the underlying motive behind all human communication[18] . Understanding of others' intentions is another critical precursor to understanding other minds because intentionality, or "aboutness", is a fundamental feature of mental states and events. The "intentional stance" has been defined by Dennett[19] as an understanding that others' actions are goal-directed and arise from particular beliefs or desires. Both 2- and 3-year-old children could discriminate when an experimenter intentionally vs. accidentally marked a box as baited with stickers[20] . Even earlier in ontogeny, Meltzoff found that 18 month-old infants could perform target manipulations that adult experimenters attempted and failed, suggesting the infants could represent the object-manipulating behavior of adults as involving goals and intentions [21] . While attribution of intention (the box-marking) and knowledge (false-belief tasks) is investigated in young humans and nonhuman animals to detect precursors to a theory of mind, Gagliardi et al. have pointed out that even adult humans do not always act in a way

Theory of mind consistent with an attributional perspective[22] . In the experiment, adult human subjects came to make choices about baited containers when guided by confederates who could not see (and therefore, not know) which container had been baited. Recent research in developmental psychology suggests that the infant's ability to imitate others lies at the origins of both a theory of mind and other social-cognitive achievements like perspective-taking and empathy[23] . According to Meltzoff, the infant's innate understanding that others are "like me" allows it to recognize the equivalence between the physical and mental states apparent in others and those felt by the self. For example, the infant uses his own experiences orienting his head/eyes toward an object of interest to understand the movements of others who turn toward an object, that is, that they will generally attend to objects of interest or significance. Some researchers in comparative disciplines have hesitated to put a too-ponderous weight on imitation as a critical precursor to advanced human social-cognitive skills like mentalizing and empathizing, especially if true imitation is no longer employed by adults. A test of imitation by Horowitz[24] found that adult subjects imitated an experimenter demonstrating a novel task far less closely than children subjects did. Horowitz points out that the precise psychological state underlying imitation is unclear and cannot, by itself, be used to draw conclusions about the mental states of humans.


Empirical investigation
Whether children younger than 3 or 4 years old may have a theory of mind is a topic of debate among researchers. It is a challenging question, due to the difficulty of assessing what pre-linguistic children understand about others and the world. Tasks used in research into the development of ToM must take into account the umwelt—(the German word Umwelt means "environment" or "surrounding world")—of the pre-verbal child.

False-belief task
One of the most important milestones in theory of mind development is gaining the ability to attribute false belief: that is, to recognize that others can have beliefs about the world that are wrong. To do this, it is suggested, one must understand how knowledge is formed, that people’s beliefs are based on their knowledge, that mental states can differ from reality, and that people’s behavior can be predicted by their mental states. Numerous versions of the false-belief task have been developed, based on the initial task done by Wimmer and Perner (1983).[25] In the most common version of the false-belief task (often called the ‘Sally-Anne’ task), children are told or shown a story involving two characters. For example, the child is shown two dolls, Sally and Anne, who have a basket and a box, respectively. Sally also has a marble, which she places in her basket, and then leaves to take a walk. While she is out of the room, Anne takes the marble from the basket, eventually putting it in the box. Sally returns, and the child is then asked where Sally will look for the marble. The child passes the task if she answers that Sally will look in the basket, where she put the marble; the child fails the task if she answers that Sally will look in the box, where the child knows the marble is hidden, even though Sally cannot know, since she did not see it hidden there. In order to pass the task, the child must be able to understand that another’s mental representation of the situation is different from their own, and the child must be able to predict behavior based on that understanding. The results of research using false-belief tasks have been fairly consistent: most normally-developing children are unable to pass the tasks until around age four. (Notably, while most children, including those with Down's syndrome, are able to pass this "test", in one study, 80% of children diagnosed with autism were unable to do so.)

Appearance-reality task
Other tasks have been developed to try to solve the problems inherent in the false-belief task. In the "appearance-reality", or "Smarties" task, experimenters ask children what they believe to be the contents of a box that looks as though it holds a candy called "Smarties." After the child guesses (usually) "Smarties," each is shown that the box in fact contained pencils. The experimenter then re-closes the box and asks the child what she thinks another person, who has not been shown the true contents of the box, will think is inside. The child passes the task if

Theory of mind she responds that another person will think that there are "Smarties" in the box, but fails the task if she responds that another person will think that the box contains pencils. Gopnik & Astington (1988) found that children pass this test at age four or five years.


Other tasks
The "false-photograph" task[26] [27] is another task that serves as a measure of theory of mind development. In this task, children must reason about what is represented in a photograph that differs from the current state of affairs. Within the false-photograph task, there is either a location or identity change.[28] In the location-change task, the child is told a story about a character that puts an object in one location (e.g., chocolate in a green cupboard) and takes a Polaroid photograph of the scene. While the photograph is developing, the object is moved to a different location (e.g., to a blue cupboard). The child is then asked two control questions, “When we first took the picture, where was the object? Where is the object now?” The subject is also asked a false-photograph question, “Where is the object in the picture?” The child passes the task if she correctly identifies the location of the object in the picture and the actual location of the object at the time of the question. In order to make tasks more accessible for young children, non-human animals, and autistic individuals, theory of mind research has begun employing non-verbal paradigms. One category of tasks uses a preferential looking paradigm, with looking time as the dependent variable. For instance, Woodward found that 9-month-old infants preferred looking at behaviors performed by a human hand over those made by an inanimate hand-like object. Other paradigms look at rates of imitative behavior, the ability to replicate and complete unfinished goal-directed acts[29] , and observations of rates of pretend play[30]

The theory of mind (ToM) impairment describes a difficulty someone would have with perspective taking. This is also sometimes referred to as mind-blindness. This means that individuals with a ToM impairment would have a hard time seeing things from any other perspective than their own.[31] Individuals who experience a theory of mind deficit have difficulty determining the intentions of others, lack understanding of how their behavior affects others, and have a difficult time with social reciprocity.[32] In 1985 Simon Baron-Cohen, Alan M. Leslie and Uta Frith published research which suggested that children with autism do not employ a theory of mind,[33] and suggested that children with autism have particular difficulties with tasks requiring the child to understand another person's beliefs. These difficulties persist when children are matched for verbal skills (Happe, 1995, Child Development) and have been taken as a key feature of autism. Many individuals classified as having autism have severe difficulty assigning mental states to others, and they seem to lack theory of mind capabilities.[34] Researchers who study the relationship between autism and theory of mind attempt to explain the connection in a variety of ways. One account assumes that theory of mind plays a role in the attribution of mental states to others and in childhood pretend play.[35] According to Leslie,[35] theory of mind is the capacity to mentally represent thoughts, beliefs, and desires, regardless of whether or not the circumstances involved are real. This might explain why individuals with autism show extreme deficits in both theory of mind and pretend play. However, Hobson proposes a social-affective justification,[36] which suggests that a person with autism deficits in theory of mind result from a distortion in understanding and responding to emotions. He suggests that typically developing human beings, unlike individuals with autism, are born with a set of skills (such as social referencing ability) which will later enable them to comprehend and react to other people’s feelings. Other scholars emphasize that autism involves a specific developmental delay, so that children with the impairment vary in their deficiencies, because they experience difficulty in different stages of growth. Very early setbacks can alter proper advancement of joint-attention behaviors, which may lead to a failure to form a full theory of mind.[37] It has been speculated[38] that ToM exists on a continuum as opposed to the traditional view of a concrete presence or absence. While some research has suggested that some autistic populations are unable to attribute mental states to

Theory of mind others[39] , recent evidence points to the possibility of coping mechanisms that facilitate a spectrum of mindful behavior[40] . In addition to autism, ToM deficits have also been observed in schizophrenics.


Brain mechanisms
In normally developing humans
Research on theory of mind in autism led to the view that mentalizing abilities are subserved by dedicated mechanisms that can (in some cases) be impaired while general cognitive function remains largely intact. Neuroimaging research has supported this view, demonstrating specific brain regions consistently engaged during theory of mind tasks. Early PET research on theory of mind, using verbal and pictorial story comprehension tasks, identified a set of regions including the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), and area around posterior superior temporal sulcus (pSTS), and sometimes precuneus and amygdala/temporopolar cortex (reviewed in [41] ). Subsequently, research on the neural basis of theory of mind has diversified, with separate lines of research focused on the understanding of beliefs, intentions, and more complex properties of minds such as psychological traits. Studies from Rebecca Saxe's lab at MIT, using a false belief versus false photograph task contrast aimed to isolate the mentalizing component of the false belief task, have very consistently found activation in mPFC, precuneus, and temporo-parietal junction (TPJ), right-lateralized.[42] [43] In particular, it has been proposed that the right TPJ (rTPJ) is selectively involved in representing the beliefs of others.[44] However, this hypothesis remains controversial, because the same rTPJ region has been consistently activated during spatial reorienting of visual attention[45] [46] ; Jean Decety from the University of Chicago and Jason Mitchell from Harvard have thus proposed that the rTPJ subserves a more general function involved in both false belief understanding and attentional reorienting, rather than a mechanism specialized for social cognition. Functional imaging has also been used to study the detection of mental state information in Heider-Simmel-esque animations of moving geometric shapes, which typical humans automatically perceive as social interactions laden with intention and emotion. Three studies found remarkably similar patterns of activation during the perception of such animations versus a random or deterministic motion control: mPFC, pSTS, fusiform face area (FFA), and amygdala were selectively engaged during the ToM condition.[47] [48] [49] Another study presented subjects with an animation of two dots moving with a parameterized degree of intentionality (quantifying the extent to which the dots chased each other), and found that pSTS activation correlated with this parameter.[50] A separate body of research has implicated the posterior superior temporal sulcus in the perception of intentionality in human action; this area is also involved in perceiving biological motion, including body, eye, mouth, and point-light display motion (reviewed in [51] ). One study found increased pSTS activation while watching a human lift his hand versus having his hand pushed up by a piston (intentional versus unintentional action).[52] Several studies have found increased pSTS activation when subjects perceive a human action that is incongruent with the action expected from the actor’s context and inferred intention: for instance, a human performing a reach-to-grasp motion on empty space next to an object, versus grasping the object[53] ; a human shifting eye gaze toward empty space next to a checkerboard target versus shifting gaze toward the target[54] ; a human turning on a light with his knee, versus turning on a light with his knee while carrying a pile of books[55] ; and a walking human pausing as he passes behind a bookshelf, versus walking at a constant speed.[56] In these studies, actions in the "congruent" case have a straightforward goal, and are easy to explain in terms of the actor’s intention; the incongruent actions, on the other hand, require further explanation (why would someone twist empty space next to a gear?), and apparently demand more processing in the STS. Note that this region is distinct from the temporo-parietal area activated during false belief tasks.[56] Also note that pSTS activation in most of the above studies was largely right-lateralized, following the general trend in neuroimaging studies of social cognition and perception: also right-lateralized are the TPJ activation during false belief tasks, the STS response to biological motion, and the FFA response to faces.

Theory of mind Neuropsychological evidence has provided support for neuroimaging results on the neural basis of theory of mind. A study with patients suffering from a lesion of the temporoparietal junction of the brain (between the temporal lobe and parietal lobe) reported that they have difficulty with some theory of mind tasks.[57] This shows that theory of mind abilities are associated with specific parts of the human brain. However, the fact that the medial prefrontal cortex and temporoparietal junction are necessary for theory of mind tasks does not imply that these regions are specific to that function.[45] [58] TPJ and mPFC may subserve more general functions necessary for ToM. Research by Vittorio Gallese, Luciano Fadiga and Giacomo Rizzolatti (reviewed in [59] ) has shown that some sensorimotor neurons, which are referred to as mirror neurons, first discovered in the premotor cortex of rhesus monkeys, may be involved in action understanding. Single-electrode recording revealed that these neurons fired when a monkey performed an action and when the monkey viewed another agent carrying out the same task. Similarly, fMRI studies with human participants have shown brain regions (assumed to contain mirror neurons) are active when one person sees another person's goal-directed action.[60] These data have led some authors to suggest that mirror neurons may provide the basis for theory of mind in the brain, and to support simulation theory of mind reading (see above).[61] However, there is also evidence against the link between mirror neurons and theory of mind. First, macaque monkeys have mirror neurons but do not seem to have a 'human-like' capacity to understand theory of mind and belief. Second, fMRI studies of theory of mind typically report activation in the mPFC, temporal poles and TPJ or STS,[62] but these brain areas are not part of the mirror neuron system. Some investigators, like developmental psychologist Andrew Meltzoff and neuroscientist Jean Decety, believe that mirror neurons merely facilitate learning through imitation and may provide a precursor to the development of ToM.[63] [64]


In autism
Several neuroimaging studies have looked at the neural basis theory of mind impairment in subjects with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism (HFA). The first PET study of theory of mind in autism (also the first neuroimaging study using a task-induced activation paradigm in autism) employed a story comprehension task,[65] , replicating a prior study in normal individuals.[66] This study found displaced and diminished mPFC activation in subjects with autism. However, because the study used only six subjects with autism, and because the spatial resolution of PET imaging is relatively poor, these results should be considered preliminary. A subsequent fMRI study scanned normally developing adults and adults with HFA while performing a "reading the mind in the eyes" task—viewing a photo of a human’s eyes and choosing which of two adjectives better describes the person’s mental state, versus a gender discrimination control.[67] The authors found activity in orbitofrontal cortex, STS, and amygdala in normal subjects, and found no amygdala activation and abnormal STS activation in subjects with autism. A more recent PET study looked brain activity in individuals with HFA and Asperger syndrome while viewing Heider-Simmel animations (see above) versus a random motion control.[68] In contrast to normally developing subjects, those with autism showed no STS or FFA activation, and significantly less mPFC and amygdala activation. Activity in extrastriate regions V3 and LO was identical across the two groups, suggesting intact lower-level visual processing in the subjects with autism. The study also reported reduced significantly less functional connectivity between STS and V3 in the autism group. Note, however, that decreased temporal correlation between activity in STS and V3 would be expected simply from the lack of an evoked response in STS to intent-laden animations in subjects with autism; a more informative analysis would be to compute functional connectivity after regressing out evoked responses from all time series. A subsequent study, using the incongruent/congruent gaze shift paradigm described above, found that in high-functioning adults with autism, STS activation was undifferentiated while watching a human shift gaze toward a target and toward adjacent empty space.[69] The lack of additional STS processing in the incongruent state may suggest that these subjects fail to form an expectation of what the actor should do given contextual information, or

Theory of mind that information about the violation of this expectation doesn’t reach STS; both explanations involve an impairment in the ability to link eye gaze shifts with intentional explanations. This study also found a significant anticorrelation between STS activation in the incongruent-congruent contrast and social subscale score on the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised, but not scores on the other subscales.


Non-human theory of mind
As the title of Premack and Woodruff's 1978 article "Does the chimpanzee have a theory of mind?" indicates, it is also important to ask if other animals besides humans have a genetic endowment and social environment that allows them to acquire a theory of mind in the same way that human children do. This is a contentious issue because of the problem of inferring from animal behavior the existence of thinking, of the existence of a concept of self or self-awareness, or of particular thoughts. One difficulty with non-human studies of ToM is the lack of sufficient numbers of naturalistic observation, giving insight into what the evolutionary pressures might be on a species' development of theory of mind. Non-human research still has a major place in this field, however, and is especially useful in illuminating which nonverbal behaviors signify components of theory of mind, and in pointing to possible stepping points in the evolution of what many claim to be a uniquely human aspect of social cognition. While it is difficult to study human-like theory of mind and mental states in species which we do not yet describe as "minded" at all, and about whose potential mental states we have an incomplete understanding, researchers can focus on simpler components of more complex capabilities. For example, many researchers focus on animals' understanding of intention, gaze, perspective, or knowledge (or rather, what another being has seen). Call and Tomasello's study[70] that looked at understanding of intention in orangutans, chimpanzees and children showed that all three species understood the difference between accidental and intentional acts. Part of the difficulty in this line of research is that observed phenomena can often be explained as simple stimulus-response learning, as it is in the nature of any theorizers of mind to have to extrapolate internal mental states from observable behavior. Recently, most non-human theory of mind research has focused on monkeys and great apes, who are of most interest in the study of the evolution of human social cognition. Other studies relevant to attributions theory of mind have been conducted using plovers [71] and dogs [72] , and have shown preliminary evidence of understanding attention—one precursor of theory of mind—in others. There has been some controversy over the interpretation of evidence purporting to show theory of mind ability—or inability—in animals. Two examples serve as demonstration: first, Povinelli et al. (1990)[73] presented chimpanzees with the choice of two experimenters from which to request food: one who had seen where food was hidden, and one who, by virtue of one of a variety of mechanisms (having a bucket or bag over his head; a blindfold over his eyes; or being turned away from the baiting) does not know, and can only guess. They found that the animals failed in most cases to differentially request food from the "knower." By contrast, Hare, Call, and Tomasello (2001)[74] found that subordinate chimpanzees were able to use the knowledge state of dominant rival chimpanzees to determine which container of hidden food they approached.

See also
• • • • Autism Cephalopod intelligence Cetacean intelligence Consciousness • • • • Empathy • Identity theory of mind Mental body • Mind • • The Mind of an • Ape • Mind-body problem Mirror neurons Philosophy of mind Quantum mind Social neuroscience

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• Excerpts taken from: Davis, E. (2007) Mental Verbs in Nicaraguan Sign Language and the Role of Language in Theory of Mind. Undergraduate senior thesis, Barnard College, Columbia University.

External links
• • • • • • The Computational Theory of Mind [75] The Identity Theory of Mind [76] Sally-Anne and Smarties tests [77] Scientists Say Everyone Can Read Minds [78] Mind Videos [79] Functional Contextualism [80] • Relational Frame Theory [81]

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Hard problem of consciousness


Hard problem of consciousness
The term hard problem of consciousness, coined by David Chalmers[1] , refers to the difficult problem of explaining why we have qualitative phenomenal experiences. Chalmers contrasts this with the "easy problems" of explaining the ability to discriminate, integrate information, report mental states, focus attention, etc. Easy problems are easy because all that is required for their solution is to specify a mechanism that can perform the function. That is, their proposed solutions, regardless of how complex or poorly understood they may be, can be entirely consistent with the modern materialistic conception of natural phenomena. Chalmers claims that the problem of experience is distinct from this set, and he assumes that the problem of experience will "persist even when the performance of all the relevant functions is explained".[2]

Formulation of the problem
Various formulations of the "hard problem": • "Why should physical processing give rise to a rich inner life at all?" • "How is it that some organisms are subjects of experience?" • "Why does awareness of sensory information exist at all?" • "Why do qualia exist?" • "Why is there a subjective component to experience?" • "Why aren't we philosophical zombies?"

It has been argued that the hard problem has scholarly antecedents considerably earlier than Chalmers. Gottfried Leibniz wrote: Moreover, it must be confessed that perception and that which depends upon it are inexplicable on mechanical grounds, that is to say, by means of figures and motions. And supposing there were a machine, so constructed as to think, feel, and have perception, it might be conceived as increased in size, while keeping the same proportions, so that one might go into it as into a mill. That being so, we should, on examining its interior, find only parts which work one upon another, and never anything by which to explain a perception.[3] Isaac Newton wrote in a letter to Henry Oldenburg: to determine by what modes or actions light produceth in our minds the phantasm of colour is not so easie.[4] T.H. Huxley remarked: how it is that any thing so remarkable as a state of consciousness comes about as the result of irritating nervous tissue, is just as unaccountable as the appearance of the Djin when Aladdin rubbed his lamp".[5]

Scientific attempts
There have been scientific attempts to explain subjective aspects of consciousness, which is related to the binding problem in neuroscience. Many eminent theorists, including Francis Crick and Roger Penrose, have worked in this field. Nevertheless, even as sophisticated accounts are given, it is unclear if such theories address the hard problem. Patricia Smith Churchland has famously remarked about Penrose's theories that "Pixie dust in the synapses is about

Hard problem of consciousness as explanatorily powerful as quantum coherence in the microtubules."[6]


Consciousness is fundamental or elusive
Some philosophers, including Chalmers himself, argue that consciousness is a fundamental constituent of the universe, a form of panpsychism sometimes referred to as Hylopathism. Thomas Nagel has posited that we can, in principle, never have an objective account of consciousness. New mysterianism, such as that of Colin McGinn, proposes that the human mind, in its current form, will not be able to explain consciousness.

Deflationary accounts
Some philosophers, such as Daniel Dennett,[7] oppose the idea that there is a hard problem. These theorists argue that once we really come to understand what consciousness is, we will realize that the hard problem is an illusion. Notable deflationary accounts include so called Higher-Order Thought (HOT) theories of consciousness.[8]

See also
• Consciousness causes collapse • • • • • Explanatory gap Mind-body dichotomy Philosophy of mind Qualia Two dimensionalism

External links
• • • • • • • Journal of Consciousness Studies Symposium on the Hard Problem [9] Online papers on the hard and easy problem of consciousness [10] Online papers on Higher-Order Thought approaches to the hard problem of consciousness [11] The Objective Consciousness Revisited - Understanding the Nature of Consciousness [12] by Robert G. Heyward The Hard Problem Is Dead [13] by Teed Rockwell You can't argue with a Zombie [14] by Jaron Lanier Pharoah, M.C. (online). Looking to systems theory for a reductive explanation of phenomenal experience and evolutionary foundations for higher order thought [15] Retrieved Jan.03 2008.

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Evolutionary neuroscience
Evolutionary neuroscience is an interdisciplinary scientific research field that attempts to understand the evolution and natural history of nervous system structure and function. The field draws on concepts and findings from both neuroscience and evolutionary biology. Historically, most empirical work has been in the area of comparative neuroanatomy, and modern studies often make use of phylogenetic comparative methods. Selection experiments and experimental evolution approaches are also being used more frequently. Conceptually and theoretically, the field is related to fields as diverse as comparative psychology, neuroethology, developmental neurobiology, evo-devo, behavioral ecology, anthropology and evolutionary psychology.

See also
• Evolutionary biology • • • • • • • • • • Evolutionary physiology Neuroscience Comparative psychology Evolutionary psychology Neuroethology Animal behavior Ethology Glenn Northcutt Terrence Deacon Georg F. Striedter

External links
• [1] - Brain Behavior and Evolution (Journal) • [2] - "Comparative Vertebrate Neuroanatomy: Evolution and Adaptation" Ann B. Butler, William Hodos • Sinauer.com [3] - Principles of Brain Evolution Georg F. Striedter, University of California, Irvine' (book review, 2004)

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Electromagnetic theories of consciousness


Electromagnetic theories of consciousness
The electromagnetic field theory of consciousness is a theory that says the electromagnetic field generated by the brain (measurable by electrocorticography) is the actual carrier of conscious experience. This theory was initially proposed by Susan Pockett, Johnjoe McFadden[1] [2] [3] and E. Roy John. Related is Andrew and Alexander Fingelkurts theory "Operational Architectonics framework of brain-mind functioning".[4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

The starting point for the theory is the fact that every time a neuron fires to generate an action potential and a postsynaptic potential in the next neuron down the line, it also generates a disturbance to the surrounding electromagnetic (EM) field. Information coded in neuron firing patterns is therefore reflected into the brain's EM field. Locating consciousness in the brain's EM field, rather than the neurons, has the advantage of neatly accounting for how information located in millions of neurons scattered throughout the brain can be unified into a single conscious experience (sometimes called the binding problem): the information is unified in the EM field. In this way EM field consciousness can be considered to be 'joined-up information'.

This theory accounts for several otherwise puzzling facts, such as the finding that attention and awareness tend to be correlated with the synchronous firing of multiple neurons rather than the firing of individual neurons. When neurons fire together their EM fields generate stronger EM field disturbances; so synchronous neuron firing will tend to have a larger impact on the brain's EM field (and thereby consciousness) than the firing of individual neurons. However their generation by synchronous firing is not the only important characteristic of conscious electromagnetic fields — in Pockett's original theory, spatial pattern is the defining feature of a conscious (as opposed to a non-conscious) field.

Influence on brain function
The different EM field theories disagree as to the role of the proposed conscious EM field on brain function. In McFadden's CEMI field theory, the brain's global EM field modifies the electric charges across neural membranes and thereby influences the probability that particular neurons will fire, providing a feed-back loop that drives free will. However in the theories of Susan Pockett and E. Roy John, there is no necessary causal link between the conscious EM field and our consciously willed actions.

If true, the theory has major implications for efforts to design consciousness into Artificial intelligence machines[9] ; current microprocessor technology is designed to transmit information linearly along electrical channels, and more general electromagnetic effects are seen as a nuisance and damped out; if this theory is right, however, this is directly counterproductive to the process of creating an artificially-intelligent computer, which on some versions of the theory would instead have electromagnetic fields that synchronized its outputs—or in the original version of the theory would have spatially patterned electromagnetic fields.

Electromagnetic theories of consciousness


See also
• Telepathy • Quantum mind • Simulated reality

Further reading
• Global workspace model of consciousness and its electromagnetic correlates [10] • Consciousness Based on Wireless? [11]

[1] Johnjoe McFadden (2002). " The Conscious Electromagnetic Information (Cemi) Field Theory: The Hard Problem Made Easy? (http:/ / www. surrey. ac. uk/ qe/ pdfs/ mcfadden_JCS2002b. pdf)". Journal of Consciousness Studies 9 (8): 45–60. . [2] Johnjoe McFadden (2002). " Synchronous Firing and Its Influence on the Brain’s Electromagnetic Field: Evidence for an Electromagnetic Field Theory of Consciousness (http:/ / www. surrey. ac. uk/ qe/ pdfs/ cemi_theory_paper. pdf)". Journal of Consciousness Studies 9 (4): 23–50. . [3] Jack A. Tuszynski (2006). " 12. The CEMI Field Theory: Seven Clues to the Nature of Consciousness (http:/ / www. surrey. ac. uk/ qe/ pdfs/ Seven Clues to the Origin of Consciousness. pdf)". in Springer. The Emerging Physics of Consciousness. Berlin Heidelberg. pp. 385–404. . (the chapter author is Johnjoe McFadden) [4] Andrew A. Fingelkurts and Alexander A. Fingelkurts, Mapping of the Brain Operational Architectonics (http:/ / www. bm-science. com/ team/ chapt3. pdf), published in: Chen, F. J. (ed.) Focus on Brain Mapping Research, Nova Science Publishers, 2005 pp. 59-98 [5] Fingelkurts An.A, Fingelkurst Al.A, operational architectonics of the human eeg (http:/ / www. bm-science. com/ team/ art18. pdf) Operational architectonics of the human brain biopotential field: Towards solving the mind-brain problem. Brain and Mind. 2001. V. 2. No 3. P. 261-296. [6] Andrew A. Fingelkurts, Alexander A. Fingelkurts, Making complexity simpler: Multivariability and metastability in the brain. International Journal of Neuroscience. 2004, V. 114. No 7. P. 843-862. (http:/ / www. bm-science. com/ team/ art30. pdf) [7] Andrew A. Fingelkurts, Alexander A. Fingelkurts, Timing in cognition and EEG brain dynamics: discreteness versus continuity. Cognitive Processing. 2006, V. 7. No 3. P. 135-162. (http:/ / www. bm-science. com/ team/ art39. pdf) [8] Andrew A. Fingelkurts, Alexander A. Fingelkurts, Carlos F.H. Neves, Phenomenological architecture of a mind and Operational Architectonics of the brain: the unified metastable continuum. Journal of New Mathematics and Natural Computing, 2009, V. 5. No 1. P. 221-244 (http:/ / www. bm-science. com/ team/ art53. pdf) [9] Andrew A. Fingelkurts, Alexander A. Fingelkurts, Brain and mind Operational Architectonics and man-made "machine" consciousness. Cognitive Processing (2009) 10(2):105-111. (http:/ / www. bm-science. com/ team/ art54_in-press. pdf) [10] http:/ / www. annalsofian. org/ text. asp?2008/ 11/ 3/ 146/ 42933/ [11] http:/ / www. wired. com/ news/ technology/ 1,52674-0. html

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Consciousness causes collapse
The quantum mind/body problem refers to the philosophical discussions of the mind/body problem in the context of quantum mechanics. Since quantum mechanics involves quantum superpositions, which are not perceived by observers, quantum mechanics apparently places observers in a special position. The founders of quantum mechanics debated the role of the observer, and of them, Wolfgang Pauli and Werner Heisenberg believed that it was the observer that produced collapse. This point of view, which was never fully endorsed by Niels Bohr, was denounced as mystical and anti-scientific by Albert Einstein. Pauli accepted the term, and described quantum mechanics as lucid mysticism.[1] Unlike Heisenberg and Bohr, who always described quantum mechanics in logical positivist terms, Hugh Everett took the wavefunction of quantum mechanics as a real description of the world. In the many-worlds interpretation, the memories of the observer splits at every measurement, leading to the subjective appearance of collapse. This observation was separated from many-worlds interpretation by Eugene Wigner, who proposed that the consciousness of the observer is what causes collapse of the wavefunction, independent of any realist philosophy or splitting observers. Colloquially known as "consciousness causes collapse", this interpretation of quantum mechanics states that observation by a conscious observer is what makes the wave function collapse. The interpretation identifies the non-linear probabilistic projection transformation which occurs during measurement with the selection of a definite state by a mind from the different possibilities which it could have in a quantum mechanical superposition.

In many philosophies, the conscious mind is seen as a separate entity, existing in a realm not described by physical law. Some people claim that this idea gains support from the description of the physical world provided by quantum mechanics. Parallels between quantum mechanics and mind/body dualism were first drawn by the founders of quantum mechanics including Erwin Schrödinger,[2] Werner Heisenberg,[3] Wolfgang Pauli,[4] Niels Bohr,[5] and Eugene Wigner[6] The reason is that quantum mechanics requires interpretation before it describes the experience of an observer. While particles and fields are described by a wavefunction, the results of observations are described by classical information which tells you the result. The information about observations is not in the wavefunction, but is additional random data. The wavefunction only gives the probability of getting different outcomes, and it only turns into a probability during the act of measurement.[7] The nature of observation has often been a point of contention in quantum mechanics,[8] because quantum mechanics describes the experiences of observers with different numbers than it uses to describe material objects. With the notable exceptions of Louis DeBroglie, Max von Laue, Erwin Schrödinger and Albert Einstein [9] , who believed that quantum mechanics was a statistical approximation to a deeper reality which is deterministic, most of the founders of quantum mechanics believed that this problem is purely philosophical. Eugene Wigner went further, and explicitly identified it as a quantum version of the mind-body problem.[10]

Classical mind/body problem
In classical mechanics the world is measurable, the measurements are revealing the true state of the world, and the behavior is deterministic. Given the initial positions and velocities of a collection of the basic particles, the future of those particles can be predicted. When these assumptions are applied to an observer the conclusion is that with enough information about the present, the entire future behavior of the observer will be determined. This led many scientists to reject pre-scientific notions of dualism, and to identify the mind of the observer with the classical state of the observer's atoms [11] [12]

Consciousness causes collapse Yet even from a classical perspective many philosophers doubt the material description of a hypothetical Newtonian observer is the only thing you need in order to understand internal experience.[13] [14] [15] Even though the atoms of the brain are constantly replaced, the information gets copied into new atoms, and perception continues into the new brain. In certain contrived thought experiments, this type of copying leads to strange outcomes. For example, Daniel Dennett talks about the situation where a conscious Newtonian observer is duplicated, by having a second system store all the information in the brain. Once the second system is built, the two systems make two separate observers which contain the same information. The two observers start out exactly the same and receive the same sensory input, but eventually diverge. The divergence could be due to randomness, or glitches, or because the sensory input is slightly different, the reason is not important. The important thing is that one observer has been copied into two systems, and in such a situation it is not clear to this observer into which of the copies their experiences will continue. Dennett notes this by assuming that he himself is copied. Before the copies diverge, there is no way for him to know which of the two copies he is. This bit of information only becomes apparent to Dennett after the two copies become different. He cannot know this information before the divergence, even if he is given full information about the material state of both copies.[16]


Transition to quantum mechanics
The introduction of quantum mechanics substantially changed the status of the observer and measurements. The measurement problem studies how a classical observer can exist in a quantum world. The quantum world describes superpositions of very different states, but our perception is that of “classical” states in the macroscopic world, that is, a comparatively small subset of the states allowed by the quantum-mechanical superposition principle, having only a few, but determinate and robust, properties, such as position, momentum, etc. The question of why and how our experience of a “classical” world emerges from quantum mechanics thus lies at the heart of the foundational problems of quantum theory."[11] The determinism and materialism of classical mechanics, divorced or at least distanced science from many pre-scientific philosophies that held various dualist perspectives towards the mind. Quantum mechanics made some dualist ideas about the mind/body problem acceptable again within mainstream science.

Observation in quantum mechanics
In the Copenhagen interpretation, quantum mechanics can only be used to predict the probabilities for different outcomes of pre-specified observations. What constitutes an "observer" or an "observation" is not directly specified by the theory, and the behavior of a system after observation is completely different than the usual behavior. During observation, the wavefunction describing the system collapses to one of several options. If there is no observation, this collapse does not occur, and none of the options ever become less likely. Unlike classical mechanics, in quantum mechanics, there is no naive way of identifying the true state of the world. The wavefunction that describes a system spreads out into an ever larger superposition of different possible situations. Schrodinger's cat is an illustration of this: after interacting with a quantum system, the wavefunction of the cat describes it as a superposition of dead and alive. It can be predicted using quantum mechanics that an observer observing a quantum superposition will turn into a superposition of different observers seeing different things. Just like Schrodinger's cat, the observer will have a wavefunction which describes all the possible outcomes. Still, in actual experience, an observer never feels a superposition, but always feels that one of the outcomes has occurred with certainty. This apparent conflict between a wavefunction description and classical experience is called the problem of observation. The founders of quantum mechanics were aware of this problem, and each had a different opinion about its resolution: Albert Einstein, and with him Louis DeBroglie and later David Bohm, believed that quantum mechanics was incomplete, that the wavefunction was only a statistical description of a deeper structure which was deterministic.

Consciousness causes collapse Einstein saw quantum mechanics as analogous to statistical mechanics, and the wavefunction as just a peculiar statistical device for observers who are ignorant of the values of the hidden variables underneath. This point of view makes the extra information not at all mysterious – the results of observations are simply revealing the values of the hidden variables. In 1964, John Bell realized that local hidden variables set a limit on the degree to which the results of distant experiments can be correlated, a limit which is violated in quantum mechanics. The experimental observation of violations of Bell's inequality showed that the original local hidden variables of Einstein Podolski and Rosen could not be correct.[17] Non-local hidden variables are still a possibility, and David Bohm was able to explicitly formulate a nonlocal theory which reproduces the predictions of quantum mechanics. But nonlocal theories are very arbitrary, and the new variables in Bohm's theory are inaccessible to experiments. So most physicists do not accept hidden variable interpretations as compelling.[18] Niels Bohr believed that quantum mechanics was a complete description of nature, but that it was simply a language ill suited to describing the world of everyday experience, and that in the human realm experiences were described by classical mechanics and by probability. This point of view, the Copenhagen interpretation, was shared by Max Born and Werner Heisenberg and became the standard view. It requires a demarcation line, a boundary, above which an object would cease to be quantum and would start to be classical. Bohr never specified this line precisely, since he believed that it was not a question of physics, but of pure philosophy. Von Neumann, in his analysis of measurements, interpreted the demarcation line as the point where wave-function collapse occurs, and he showed that within quantum mechanics, the point of collapse is largely arbitrary, past the first incoherent interaction with a complex enough object[19] In 1961, Eugene Wigner reformulated Schrödinger's cat using a conscious observer, Wigner's friend. He concluded that the demarcation line which Bohr refused to specify was at the point of conscious experience. Wigner's position was that the wavefunction collapses because consciousness observes it, placing a non-scientific layer at the foundation of quantum mechanics, a non-scientific layer which could be interpreted as mystical, since it treats conscious observation as a separate ingredient.


Decoherence and modern interpretations
Hugh Everett III proposed an entirely mechanistic interpretation of quantum mechanics that has come to be known as the many-worlds interpretation. In Everett's description, the whole universe is an enormous wavefunction, describing a dizzying multiplying possibility of worlds. In this formalism, observers were to be treated as computers or as any other measuring device, their memories written out on magnetic tape [20] . To understand their experiences, you would focus on the answer which these observers would give to questions asked by an external observer. Everett believed that this line of reasoning showed that any interpretational problems in quantum mechanics were entirely philosophical, because he could show that there was no conflict between deterministic evolution of the wavefunction with the subjective randomness experienced by the observers, when analyzed using the theory itself [21] . Since the physical description in Everett's picture is the deterministic wavefunction, the issue of interpretation is only relevant when analyzing the experience of an observer. The answer to the question "what does this observer see?" is only ambiguous to the extent that the specification of the observer is imprecise. An observer's state is a particular high dimensional projection of the wavefunction, but not all parts of the wavefunction describe a single observer – only those parts which describe a consistent past of memories. In Everett's picture, the interpretation is a clarification, it tells you which observer you are examining. But the description of the observer is now a major chunk of the description of the world--- it includes a lot of extra information not present in the original wavefunction.[22] This extra information includes most observable parameters in our universe. For example, if the universe started out perfectly homogeneous and isotropic, the universal wavefunction would still be homogeneous and isotropic. But for any observer, the description would be irregular describing a different pattern of galaxies, stars and planets. The information which specifies the observer specifies the positions of all those stars, the distance to Jupiter, the location of the moon in its orbit, the contents of today's newspaper, etc. None of this is in the universal wavefunction, that

Consciousness causes collapse object is only a quantum superposition of all possible worlds. Most of the nontrivial information is in the history of past random events. Everett's approach has been elaborated into a field of study called decoherence, which attempts to identify the way in which classical behaviour emerges from quantum mechanics when the systems become large.[23]


Dualist interpretations
The description of the observer in decoherence approaches, as in the Copenhagen approach, always involves extra information, the information which specifies the outcome of all the random events in the past. This information answers the question "which observer?" in many-worlds, and correspondingly answers the question "what outcomes of past measurements?" in the Copenhagen approach. The presence of large amounts of additional information has been interpreted as a component associated with the consciousness of the observer, because it is data which is associated with the observer, not with the matter from which the observer is built. Since this includes most information about the universe, considering the quantum mechanical description to be complete leads to a reevaluation of the nature of the observer.[24]

"Consciousness causes collapse"
The involvement of consciousness in the collapse of the wave function has been summarized thus: The rules of quantum mechanics are correct but there is only one system which may be treated with quantum mechanics, namely the entire material world. There exist external observers which cannot be treated within quantum mechanics, namely human (and perhaps animal) minds, which perform measurements on the brain causing wave function collapse.[25] This interpretation attributes the process of wave function collapse (directly, indirectly, or even partially) to consciousness itself. The consciousness causes collapse interpretation was Wigner's motivation for introducing Wigner's friend by asserting that collapse occurs at the first "conscious" observer. Supporters assert this is not a revival of substance dualism, since (in a ramification of this view) consciousness and objects are "entangled" and cannot be considered separate.

Some critics say that this theory does not explain which things have sufficient consciousness to collapse the wave function ("Was the wave function waiting to jump for thousands of millions of years until a single-celled living creature appeared? Or did it have to wait a little longer for some highly qualified measurer - with a PhD?"[26] ). It is also not clear whether measuring devices might also be considered conscious. Opponents assert that it is unfalsifiable, and also does not simplify our physical understanding of the universe, and is therefore scientifically uninteresting . Wigner believed that consciousness is necessary for the quantum mechanical process. See Consciousess and measurement. There are other possible solutions to the Wigner's friend thought experiment which do not require consciousness to be different from other physical processes. See, Consciousness and Superposition.

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Alternative interpretations
The Many worlds interpretation avoids the need to postulate that consciousness causes collapse — indeed, that collapse occurs at all. Instead, observation of a superposed system sends the observer into a superposition, each element of which sees a (different) single outcome to the experiment. See Wigner's friend in Many Worlds. According to objective collapse theories, wave function collapse occurs when a superposed systems reaches a certain objective threshold of size, complexity etc. Thus, the fact that observers see an un-superposed classical world is a side-effect of the fact that they are macroscopic, and collapse can occur in the absence of observers.

Quantum mysticism, New Age and New Thought belief
Wolfgang Pauli interpreted the laws of quantum mechanics as leading to a lucid Platonic mysticism, a position intermediate between the skepticism of Western science centered on objective observer independent facts, and the philosophies of ancient Eastern mysticism which put primary emphasis on conscious experience. Werner Heisenberg reported on Pauli's position, and his own, as follows: ...Pauli once spoke of two limiting conceptions, both of which have been extraordinarily fruitful in the history of human thought, although no genuine reality corresponds to them. At one extreme is the idea of an objective world, pursuing its regular course in space and time, independently of any kind of observing subject; this has been the guiding image of modern science. At the other extreme is the idea of a subject, mystically experiencing the unity of the world and no longer confronted by an object or by any objective world; this has been the guiding image of Asian mysticism. Our thinking moves somewhere in the middle, between these two limiting conceptions; we should maintain the tension resulting from these two opposites.[27] Fritjof Capra popularizes the subject with The Tao of Physics.[28] In this book, he notes that many of the founders of quantum mechanics believed that the theory meshes well with ancient Eastern mysticism and philosophy, including that of Hinduism, Taoism, and Buddhism which includes a belief in the transitory, interconnected nature of all things and the illusion of separation of thought and existence. The view is also presented in various aspect of the New Thought Movement such as the popular and controversial documentaries What the Bleep Do We Know!? and The Secret, alongside some unrelated biological discussions, and is a major plot point in Greg Egan's novel Quarantine, as well as playing a significant role in Charlie Stross's novel The Atrocity Archives.

See also
• • • • • • • • Measurement in quantum mechanics Interpretation of quantum mechanics Many-worlds interpretation Quantum indeterminacy Quantum mysticism Quantum mind Quantum Zeno effect Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness

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Further links and references
pro • • • • • • Quantum Enigma from Oxford University Press [29] PHYSICS TODAY: "Is the moon there when nobody looks? Reality and the quantum theory" [30] (pdf) "Quantum Cosmology and the Hard Problem of the Conscious Brain" [31] (pdf) Mindful Sensationalism: A Quantum Framework for Consciousness. [32] Donald Hoffman on Consciousness created reality [33] Brian Josephson on QM and consciousness [34]

con • "Quantum mechanics and free will: counter-arguments", Martín López Corredoira [35] • "The Myth of Quantum Consciousness" by Victor Stenger [36] • "Critique of Quantum Enigma Physics encounters Consciousness", Martín López Corredoira [37] neither • David Chalmers' links to consciousness papers [38] • [4] quantum-mind

[1] Juan Miguel Marin (2009). "‘Mysticism’ in quantum mechanics: the forgotten controversy". European Journal of Physics 30: 807–822. doi: 10.1088/0143-0807/30/4/014 (http:/ / dx. doi. org/ 10. 1088/ 0143-0807/ 30/ 4/ 014). link (http:/ / www. iop. org/ EJ/ article/ 0143-0807/ 30/ 4/ 014/ ejp9_4_014. pdf?request-id=9350419a-e5ea-42e2-b5f3-7878a09dfe42), summarized here (http:/ / www. physorg. com/ news163670588. html|are/ ) [2] By Michel Bitbol, Olivier Darrigol, Erwin Schrödinger,Institut autrichien de Paris [3] from (http:/ / www. centerforsacredsciences. org/ teachings/ science. html) "Quantum theory has led the physicists far away from the simple materialistic views that prevailed in the natural science of the nineteenth century" Werner Heisenberg, Physics and Philosophy, (New York: Harper & Row Publishers, (1962), 128 [4] "I confess, that very different from you, I do find sometimes scientific inspiration in mysticism … but this is counterbalanced by an immediate sense for mathematics." -- W. Pauli, from (http:/ / www. todayinsci. com/ P/ Pauli_Wolfgang/ PauliWolfgang-Quotations. htm) [5] John Honner (2005). "Niels Bohr and the Mysticism of Nature". Zygon Journal of Science and Religion 17-3: 243–253. [6] Wigner -, Eugene -; Henry Margenau - (1967-12 -). " - Remarks on the Mind Body Question, in Symmetries and Reflections, Scientific Essays - (http:/ / link. aip. org/ link/ ?AJP/ 35/ 1169/ 1)". American Journal of Physics - '35 - (12 -): 1169–1170 -. doi:10.1119/1.1973829+++ (inactive 2009-10-19) . -. Retrieved 2009-07-30 -. [7] This is an abbreviated paraphrase of the section entitled "The Language of Quantum Mechanics" in Wigner "Remarks on the Mind-Body Question" [8] Roger Balian, in :Cini Levy-Leblond eds. "Quantum Theory without reduction" states (p.89): "Ever since the beginning of quantum mechanics, the measurement problem has been a subject of sometimes discontinued but nevertheless recurrent concern" [9] pay link to Einstein letter (http:/ / www. jstor. org/ pss/ 687649) Laue, Schrodinger and Einstein dissent [10] Wigner, E. "Remarks on the Mind-Body Question", Symmetries and Reflections [11] For example, Wigner states in "Remarks on the mind body question":"Until not many years ago, the existence of a mind or soul would have been passionately denied by most physical scientists. The brilliant successes of mechanistic and, more generally, macroscopic physics and of chemistry overshadowed the obvious fact that thoughts, desires, and emotions are not made of matter, and it was nearly universally accepted among physical scientists that there is nothing beside matter. The epistome of this belief was the conviction that, if we knew the positions and velocities of all atoms at one instant of time, we could compute the fate of the universe for all future" [12] Haeckel, Ernst Heinrich Philip (1992). The Riddle of the Universe. Prometheus Books. ISBN 0879757469, 9780879757465. [13] Kirk, Robert. 1974. "Sentience and Behaviour", Mind, vol. 83, pp. 43–60. [14] Nagel, Thomas. 1970. "Armstrong on the Mind", Philosophical Review, vol. 79, pp. 394–403. [15] Nagel, Thomas. 1974. "What is it Like to Be a Bat?" Philosophical Review, vol. 83, pp. 435–450. [16] Dennett, Hofstadter, "The Mind's I" Basic Books [17] Amir D. Aczel, "entanglement" [18] Although recently, the holographic principle of quantum gravity requires nonlocality for completely different reasons, which leads Gerard 't Hooft to propose that hidden variables should be revived. These hidden variables are different than Bohm's, since there would be too few of them to allow for quantum computation [19] Von Neumann, J., "Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics"

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[20] More precisely: "It will suffice for his purposes that observers possess memories, i.e. parts of a relatively permanent nature whose states are in correspondence with the past experience of the observer", quoting Bohm/Hiley: What this means is that, as in a computer whose memories are contained in the state of a disc, some aspects of the physical state of the observer, presumably within his brain, serves as the basis of his [or her] memories" Bohm & Hiley p.297 [21] De Witt, B. and Graham, M. "The Many Worlds interpretation of Quantum Mechanics", Princeton University Press [22] Quoting Bohm/Hiley: It is evident that in a series of measurements, the number of partial awarenesses must multiply indefinitely. There are correspondingly many possible branches consisting of such sequences of partial awarenesses" p.299 [23] Gell-Mann, M., "The Quark and the Jaguar", pp. 135-176 [24] E.J. Squires "An Attempt to Understand the Many-worlds Interpretation of Quantum Theory", collected in M. Cini, J.M- Levy-Leblond eds. , Quantum Theory without Reduction", ,1990, pp. 151-161 [25] Schreiber, Z. The Nine Lives of Schrödingers's Cat (http:/ / arxiv. org/ PS_cache/ quant-ph/ pdf/ 9501/ 9501014v5. pdf) [26] Bell, J.S., 1981, Quantum Mechanics for Cosmologists. In C.J. Isham, R. Penrose and D.W. Sciama (eds.), Quantum Gravity 2: A second Oxford Symposium. Oxford: Clarendon Press, p.611. [27] Heisenberg, W, 1990, "Across the Frontiers", (New York: Harpers and Row) requoted from Marin p. 811 [28] Jeremy Bernstein (1982) Science Observed, New York: Basic Books, ISBN 0-465-07340-9, p.333-340 [29] http:/ / www. newswise. com/ articles/ view/ 522088/ ?sc=swhr [30] http:/ / www. iafe. uba. ar/ e2e/ phys230/ history/ moon. pdf [31] http:/ / www. math. auckland. ac. nz/ ~king/ Preprints/ pdf/ tuz6. pdf [32] http:/ / xxx. lanl. gov/ PS_cache/ quant-ph/ pdf/ 0108/ 0108039v1. pdf [33] http:/ / www. edge. org/ q2005/ q05_4. html#hoffman [34] http:/ / www. tcm. phy. cam. ac. uk/ ~bdj10/ [35] http:/ / www. emergentmind. org/ CorredoiraI3. htm [36] http:/ / www. colorado. edu/ philosophy/ vstenger/ Quantum/ QuantumConsciousness. pdf [37] http:/ / arxiv. org/ PS_cache/ arxiv/ pdf/ 0705/ 0705. 1996v2. pdf [38] http:/ / consc. net/ master. html


Bohm interpretation
The de Broglie–Bohm theory, also called the pilot-wave theory, Bohmian mechanics, and the causal interpretation, is a quantum theory describing point particles whose motion is determined by a wavefunction. Differently from ordinary quantum theory, these particles always have locations and the evolution of their location over time is deterministic. The evolution over time of the position of each particle (that is, each particle's velocity) arises from the gradient of the wavefunction (specifically from the [[#Guiding equation|guiding equation]]). The evolution of the wavefunction over time is given by Schrödinger's equation. The de Broglie–Bohm theory is explicitly non-local. The velocity of any one particle depends on the value of the gradient of the wavefunction which is defined over configuration space and, thus, may depend on the simultaneous positions of any or all of the other particles in the universe. This theory is deterministic and non-relativistic (relativistic extensions of this theory exist, though they tend to sacrifice determinism). It handles spin and curved spaces without difficulty. It can be modified to handle quantum field theory. Bell's theorem was inspired by Bell's discovery of the work of David Bohm and his subsequent wondering if the obvious non-locality of the theory could be removed. This theory gives rise to a measurement formalism, analogous to thermodynamics for classical mechanics, which yields the standard quantum formalism generally associated with the Copenhagen interpretation. The measurement problem is resolved by this theory since the outcome of an experiment is registered by the configuration of the particles of the experimental apparatus after the experiment is completed. The familiar wavefunction collapse of standard quantum mechanics emerges from an analysis of subsystems and the quantum equilibrium hypothesis. The theory has a number of equivalent [[#Derivations|mathematical formulations]] and has been presented under a number of different [[#History|names]].

Bohm interpretation


De Broglie–Bohm theory is based on the following: There are particles with positions that evolve according to the guiding equation

There is a complex-valued wavefunction

evolving according to Schrödinger's equation

That completes the specification of the theory for difficult.

spinless particles. [[#Extensions|Incorporating spin]] is not

This theory will agree with the results of standard quantum mechanics if the initial positions of the particles are distributed according to which will typically be the case in any universe governed by this theory.

Two-slit experiment
The double-slit experiment is an illustration of wave-particle duality. In it, a beam of particles (such as photons) travels through a barrier with two slits removed. If one puts a detector screen on the other side, the pattern of detected particles shows interference fringes characteristic of waves; however, the detector screen responds to particles. The system exhibits behaviour of both waves (interference patterns) and particles (dots on the screen). If we modify this experiment so that one slit is closed, no interference pattern is observed. Thus, the state of both slits affects the final results. We can also arrange to have a minimally invasive detector at one of the slits to see which slit the particle went through. When we do that, the interference pattern disappears.

The Copenhagen interpretation states that the particles are not localised in space until they are detected, so that, if there is no detector on the slits, there is no matter of fact about what slit has the particle passed through. If one slit has a detector on it, then the wavefunction collapses due to that detection. In de Broglie–Bohm theory, the wavefunction travels through both slits, but each particle has a well-defined trajectory and passes through exactly one of the slits. The final position of the particle on the detector screen and the slit through which the particle passes by is determined by the initial position of the particle. Such initial position is not controllable by the experimenter, so there is an appearance of randomness in the pattern of detection. The wave function interferes with itself and guides the particles in such a way that the particles avoid the regions in which the interference is destructive and are attracted to the regions in which the interference is constructive, giving rise to the interference pattern on the detector screen. To explain the behavior when the particle is detected to go through one slit, one needs to appreciate the role of the conditional wavefunction and how it gives rise to the collapse of the wavefunction; this is explained below. The basic idea is that the environment registering the detection effectively separates the two wave packets in configuration space.

The Bohmian trajectories for an electron going through the two-slit experiment.

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The Theory
The ontology
This theory is a theory of particles moving in space-time. Each particle has a definite position at every time . This is the starting point of the theory. The correspondence to our experiences is made by the identification of where the particles are and where we witness them to be, as in classical mechanics. The difference between de Broglie–Bohm theory and classical mechanics is not in the ontology, but in the dynamics. In classical mechanics, the acceleration of the particles are given by forces. In de Broglie–Bohm theory, the velocities of the particles are given by the wavefunction. In what follows below, we will give the setup for one particle moving in followed by the setup for particles moving in 3 dimensions. In the first instance, configuration space and real space are the same while in the second, real space is still , but configuration space becomes . While the particle positions themselves are in real space, the velocity field and wavefunction are on configuration space which is how particles are entangled with each other in this theory. [[#Extensions|Extensions]] to this theory include spin and more complicated configuration spaces. We use variations of configuration space. for particle positions while represents the complex-valued wavefunction on

Guiding equation
For a single particle moving in , the particle's velocity is given . For many particles, we label them as for the th particle and their velocities are given by . The key fact to notice is that this velocity field depends on the actual positions of all of the particles in the

universe. As explained below, in most experimental situations, the influence of all of those particles can be encapsulated into an effective wavefunction for a subsystem of the universe.

Schrödinger's equation
The one particle Schrödinger equation governs the time evolution of a complex-valued wavefunction on . The equation represents a quantized version of the total energy of a classical system evolving under a real-valued potential function on :

For many particles, the equation is the same except that


are now on configuration space,


This is the same wavefunction of conventional quantum mechanics.

Bohm interpretation


The Born Rule
In Bohm's original papers [Bohm 1952] , he discusses how de Broglie–Bohm theory gives rise to the usual measurement results of quantum mechanics. The key idea is that this is true if the positions of the particles satisfy the statistical distribution given by . And that distribution is guaranteed to be true for all time under the guiding equation if the initial distribution of the particles satisfies . For a given experiment, we can postulate this as being true and verify experimentally that it does indeed hold true, as it does. But, as argued in Dürr et al,[1] one needs to argue that this distribution for subsystems is typical. They argue that by virtue of its equivariance under the dynamical evolution of the system, is the appropriate measure of typicality for initial conditions of the positions of the particles. They then prove that the vast majority of possible initial configurations will give rise to Born rule (i.e., ) statistics for measurement outcomes. In short, in a universe governed by the de Broglie–Bohm dynamics, Born rule behavior is typical. The situation is thus analogous to the situation in classical statistical physics. A low entropy initial condition will, with overwhelmingly high probability, evolve into a higher entropy state: behavior consistent with the second law of thermodynamics is typical. There are, of course, anomalous initial conditions which would give rise to violations of the second law. However, absent some very detailed evidence supporting the actual realization of one of those special initial conditions, it would be quite unreasonable to expect anything but the actually observed uniform increase of entropy. Similarly, in the de Broglie–Bohm theory, there are anomalous initial conditions which would produce measurement statistics in violation of the Born rule (i.e., in conflict with the predictions of standard quantum theory). But the typicality theorem shows that, absent some particular reason to believe one of those special initial conditions was in fact realized, Born rule behavior is what one should expect. It is in that qualified sense that Born rule is, for the de Broglie–Bohm theory, a theorem rather than (as in ordinary quantum theory) an additional postulate.

The conditional wave function of a subsystem
In the formulation of the De Broglie–Bohm theory, there is only a wave function for the entire universe (which always evolves by the Schrödinger equation). However, once the theory is formulated, it is convenient to introduce a notion of wave function also for subsystems of the universe. Let us write the wave function of the universe as , where denotes the configuration variables associated to some subsystem (I) of the universe and denotes the remaining configuration variables. Denote, respectively, by conditional wave function of subsystem (I) is defined by: It follows immediately from the fact that configuration satisfies the guiding equation that also the and by the actual configuration

of subsystem (I) and of the rest of the universe. For simplicity, we consider here only the spinless case. The

satisfies a guiding equation identical to the one presented in the formulation of the theory, with replaced with the conditional wave function . Also, the fact that is random

the universal wave function

with probability density given by the square modulus of given

implies that the conditional probability density of (in the

is given by the square modulus of the (normalized) conditional wave function

terminology of Dürr et. al function, is called the fundamental conditionalsubsystem does not always evolves by the Unlike the universal wave this fact the conditional wave function of a probability formula). Schrödinger equation, but in many situations it does. For instance, if the universal wave function factors as:

then the conditional wave function of subsystem (I) is (up to an irrelevant scalar factor) equal to not contain an interaction term between subsystems (I) and (II) then generally, assume that the universal wave function

(this is what

Standard Quantum Theory would regard as the wave function of subsystem (I)). If, in addition, the Hamiltonian does does satisfy a Schrödinger equation. More can be written in the form:

Bohm interpretation



solves Schrödinger equation and

for all


. Then, again, the conditional and if the Hamiltonian does not

wave function of subsystem (I) is (up to an irrelevant scalar factor) equal to

contain an interaction term between subsystems (I) and (II), satisfies a Schrödinger equation. The fact that the conditional wave function of a subsystem does not always evolve by the Schrödinger equation is related to the fact that the usual collapse rule of Standard Quantum Theory emerges from the Bohmian formalism when one considers conditional wave functions of subsystems.

To incorporate spin, the wavefunction becomes complex-vector valued. The value space is called spin space; for a spin-1/2 particle, spin space can be taken to be . The guiding equation is modified by taking inner products in spin space to reduce the complex vectors to complex numbers. The Schrödinger equation is modified by adding a Pauli spin term.


is the magnetic moment of the

th particle, , and

is the appropriate spin operator acting on the


particle's spin space, potential in

are, respectively, the magnetic field and the vector is the charge of the th particle, and

(all other functions are fully on configuration space), ,

is the inner product in spin space

For an example of a spin space, a system consisting of two spin 1/2 particle and one spin 1 particle has a wavefunctions of the form . That is, its spin space is a 12 dimensional space.

Curved space
To extend de Broglie–Bohm theory to curved space (Riemannian manifolds in mathematical parlance), one simply notes that all of the elements of these equations make sense, such as gradients and Laplacians. Thus, we use equations that have the same form as above. Topological and boundary conditions may apply in supplementing the evolution of Schrödinger's equation. For a de Broglie–Bohm theory on curved space with spin, the spin space becomes a vector bundle over configuration space and the potential in Schrödinger's equation becomes a local self-adjoint operator acting on that space.[3]

Quantum field theory
In Dürr et al,[4] [5] the authors describe an extension of de Broglie–Bohm theory for handling creation and annihilation operators. The basic idea is that configuration space becomes the (disjoint) space of all possible configurations of any number of particles. For part of the time, the system evolves deterministically under the guiding equation with a fixed number of particles. But under a stochastic process, particles may be created and annihilated. The distribution of creation events is dictated by the wavefunction. The wavefunction itself is evolving at all times over the full multi-particle configuration space.

Bohm interpretation


Exploiting nonlocality
Valentini[6] has extended the de Broglie–Bohm theory to include signal nonlocality that would allow entanglement to be used as a stand-alone communication channel without a secondary classical "key" signal to "unlock" the message encoded in the entanglement. This violates orthodox quantum theory but it has the virtue that it makes the parallel universes of the chaotic inflation theory observable in principle. Unlike de Broglie–Bohm theory, Valentini's theory has the wavefunction evolution also depend on the onotological variables. This introduces an instability, a feedback loop that pushes the hidden variables out of "sub-quantal heat death". The resulting theory becomes nonlinear and non-unitary.

While Bell's theorem does suggest a certain amount of tension between quantum theory and relativity, it is possible to formulate models demonstrating the potential for relativistic theories. There has been work in developing nonlocal versions of de Broglie–Bohm theory. See Bohm and Hiley: The Undivided Universe, and [7], [8], and references therein. A quantum field theory treatment is given in [9] and [10]. Another approach is given in the work of Dürr et al[11] in which they use Bohm-Dirac models and a Lorentz-invariant foliation of space-time.

Below are some highlights of the results that arise out of an analysis of de Broglie–Bohm theory. Experimental results agree with all of the standard predictions of quantum mechanics in so far as the latter has predictions. However, while standard quantum mechanics is limited to discussing experiments with human observers, de Broglie–Bohm theory is a theory which governs the dynamics of a system without the intervention of outside observers (p. 117 in Bell[12] ). The basis for agreement with standard quantum mechanics is that the particles are distributed according to This is a statement of observer ignorance, but it can be proven


that for a universe governed by this theory, this will

typically be the case. There is apparent collapse of the wave function governing subsystems of the universe, but there is no collapse of the universal wavefunction.

Measuring spin and polarization
According to ordinary quantum theory, it is not possible to measure the spin or polarization of a particle directly; instead, the component in one direction is measured; the outcome from a single particle may be 1, meaning that the particle is aligned with the measuring apparatus, or -1, meaning that it is aligned the opposite way. For an ensemble of particles, if we expect the particles to be aligned, the results are all 1. If we expect them to be aligned oppositely, the results are all -1. For other alignments, we expect some results to be 1 and some to be -1 with a probability that depends on the expected alignment. For a full explanation of this, see the Stern-Gerlach Experiment. In de Broglie–Bohm theory, the results of a spin experiment cannot be analyzed without some knowledge of the experimental setup. It is possible[13] to modify the setup so that the trajectory of the particle is unaffected, but that the particle with one setup registers as spin up while in the other setup it registers as spin down. Thus, for the de Broglie–Bohm theory, the particle's spin is not an intrinsic property of the particle -- instead spin is, so to speak, in the wave function of the particle in relation to the particular device being used to measure the spin. This is an illustration of what is sometimes referred to as contextuality, and is related to naive realism about operators.[14]

Bohm interpretation


Measurements, the quantum formalism, and observer independence
De Broglie–Bohm theory gives the same results as quantum mechanics. It treats the wavefunction as a fundamental object in the theory as the wavefunction describes how the particles move. This means that no experiment can distinguish between the two theories. This section outlines the ideas as to how the standard quantum formalism arises out of quantum mechanics. References include Bohm's original 1952 paper and Dürr et al.[1] Collapse of the wavefunction De Broglie–Bohm theory is a theory that applies primarily to the whole universe. That is, there is a single wavefunction governing the motion of all of the particles in the universe according to the guiding equation. Theoretically, the motion of one particle depends on the positions of all of the other particles in the universe. In some situations, such as in experimental systems, we can represent the system itself in terms of a de Broglie–Bohm theory in which the wavefunction of the system is obtained by conditioning on the environment of the system. Thus, the system can be analyzed with Schrödinger's equation and the guiding equation, with an initial distribution for the particles in the system (see the section on [[#The conditional wave function of a subsystem|the conditional wave function of a subsystem]] for details). It requires a special setup for the conditional wavefunction of a system to obey a quantum evolution. When a system interacts with its environment, such as through a measurement, then the conditional wavefunction of the system evolves in a different way. The evolution of the universal wavefunction can become such that the wavefunction of the system appears to be in a superposition of distinct states. But if the environment has recorded the results of the experiment, then using the actual Bohmian configuration of the environment to condition on, the conditional wavefunction collapses to just one alternative, the one corresponding with the measurement results. Collapse of the universal wavefunction never occurs in de Broglie–Bohm theory. Its entire evolution is governed by Schrödinger's equation and the particles' evolutions are governed by the guiding equation. Collapse only occurs in a phenomenological way for systems that seem to follow their own Schrödinger's equation. As this is an effective description of the system, it is a matter of choice as to what to define the experimental system to include and this will affect when "collapse" occurs. Operators as observables In the standard quantum formalism, measuring observables is generally thought of as measuring operators on the Hilbert space. For example, measuring position is considered to be a measurement of the position operator. This relationship between physical measurements and Hilbert space operators is, for standard quantum mechanics, an additional axiom of the theory. The de Broglie–Bohm theory, by contrast, requires no such measurement axioms (and measurement as such is not a dynamically distinct or special sub-category of physical processes in the theory). In particular, the usual operators-as-observables formalism is, for de Broglie–Bohm theory, a theorem. [15] A major point of the analysis is that many of the measurements of the observables do not correspond to properties of the particles; they are (as in the case of spin discussed above) measurements of the wavefunction. In the history of de Broglie–Bohm theory, the proponents have often had to deal with claims that this theory is impossible. Such arguments are generally based on inappropriate analysis of operators as observables. If one believes that spin measurements are indeed measuring the spin of a particle that existed prior to the measurement, then one does reach contradictions. De Broglie–Bohm theory deals with this by noting that spin is not a feature of the particle, but rather that of the wavefunction. As such, it only has a definite outcome once the experimental apparatus is chosen. Once that is taken into account, the impossibility theorems become irrelevant. There have also been claims that experiments reject the Bohm trajectories [16] in favor of the standard QM lines. But as shown in [17] and [18], such experiments cited above only disprove a misinterpretation of the de Broglie–Bohm theory, not the theory itself.

Bohm interpretation There are also objections to this theory based on what it says about particular situations usually involving eigenstates of an operator. For example, the ground state of hydrogen is a real wavefunction. According to the guiding equation, this means that the electron is at rest when in this state. Nevertheless, it is distributed according to and no contradiction to experimental results is possible to detect. Operators as observables leads many to believe that many operators are equivalent. De Broglie–Bohm theory, from this perspective, chooses the position observable as a favored observable rather than, say, the momentum observable. Again, the link to the position observable is a consequence of the dynamics. The motivation for de Broglie–Bohm theory is to describe a system of particles. This implies that the goal of the theory is to describe the positions of those particles at all times. Other observables do not have this compelling ontological status. Having definite positions explains having definite results such as flashes on a detector screen. Other observables would not lead to that conclusion, but there need not be any problem in defining a mathematical theory for other observables; see Hyman et al[19] for an exploration of the fact that a probability density and probability current can be defined for any set of commuting operators. Hidden variables De Broglie–Bohm theory is often referred to as a "hidden variable" theory. The alleged applicability of the term "hidden variable" comes from the fact that the particles postulated by Bohmian mechanics do not influence the evolution of the wavefunction. The argument is that, because adding particles does not have an effect on the wavefunction's evolution, such particles must not have effects at all and are, thus, unobservable, since they cannot have an effect on observers. There is no analogue of Newton's third law in this theory. The idea is supposed to be that, since particles cannot influence the wavefunction, and it is the wavefunction that determines measurement predictions through the Born rule, the particles are superfluous and unobservable. Such an argument, however, arises from a fundamental misunderstanding of the relation between the ontology posited by the de Broglie–Bohm theory and the world of ordinary observation. In particular, the particles postulated by the de Broglie–Bohm theory are anything but "hidden" variables: they are what the cats and trees and tables and planets and pointers we see are made of! It is the wavefunction itself which is "hidden" in the sense of being invisible and not-directly-observable. Thus, for example, when the wavefunction of some measuring apparatus is such that its pointer is superposed between pointing to the left and pointing to the right, what accounts for the fact that scientists, when they look at the apparatus, see the pointer pointing to the left (say) is the fact that the de Broglie–Bohmian particles that make up the pointer are actually pointed towards the left. While the exact details of how humans process such information and what it is based on is beyond the scope of the de Broglie–Bohm theory, the basic idea of any particle ontology is that if the particles in the theory appear where they seem to be from human observations, then it is considered a successful prediction.


Heisenberg's uncertainty principle
The Heisenberg uncertainty principle states that when two complementary measurements are made, there is a limit to the product of their accuracy. As an example, if one measures the position with an accuracy of , and the momentum with an accuracy of , then If we make further measurements in order to get more information, we disturb the system and change the trajectory into a new one depending on the measurement setup; therefore, the measurement results are still subject to Heisenberg's uncertainty relation. In de Broglie–Bohm theory, there is always a matter of fact about the position and momentum of a particle. Each particle has a well defined trajectory. Observers have limited knowledge as to what this trajectory is (and thus of the position and momentum). It is the lack knowledge of the particle's trajectory that accounts for the uncertainty relation. What one can know about a particle at any given time is described by the wavefunction. Since the uncertainty relation can be derived from the wavefunction in other interpretations of quantum mechanics, it can be

Bohm interpretation likewise derived (in the epistemic sense mentioned above), on the de Broglie–Bohm theory. To put the statement differently, the particles' positions are only known statistically. As in classical mechanics, successive observations of the particles' positions refine the experimenter's knowledge of the particles' initial conditions. Thus, with succeeding observations, the initial conditions become more and more restricted. This formalism is consistent with the normal use of the Schrödinger equation. For the derivation of the uncertainty relation, see Heisenberg uncertainty principle, noting that it describes it from the viewpoint of the Copenhagen interpretation.


Quantum entanglement, Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox, Bell's theorem, and nonlocality
De Broglie–Bohm theory highlighted the issue of nonlocality: it inspired John Stewart Bell to prove his now-famous theorem,[20] which in turn led to the Bell test experiments. In the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox,[21] the authors point out that quantum mechanics allows the creation of pairs of particles in an entangled quantum state. They describe a thought-experiment one could perform on such a pair, the results of which they interpreted as indicating that quantum mechanics is an incomplete theory. Decades later John Bell proved Bell's theorem (see p. 14 in Bell[12] ), in which he showed that, if they are to agree with the empirical predictions of quantum mechanics, all such "hidden-variable" completions of quantum mechanics must either be nonlocal (as the Bohm interpretation is) or give up the assumption that experiments produce unique results (see counterfactual definiteness and many-worlds interpretation). In particular, Bell proved that any local theory with unique results must make empirical predictions satisfying a statistical constraint called "Bell's inequality". Alain Aspect performed a series of Bell test experiments that test Bell's inequality using an EPR-type setup. Aspect's results show experimentally that Bell's inequality is in fact violated -- meaning that the relevant quantum mechanical predictions are correct. In these Bell test experiments, entangled pairs of particles are created; the particles are separated, traveling to remote measuring apparatus. The orientation of the measuring apparatus can be changed while the particles are in flight, demonstrating the apparent non-locality of the effect. The de Broglie–Bohm theory makes the same (empirically correct) predictions for the Bell test experiments as ordinary quantum mechanics. It is able to do this because it is manifestly nonlocal. It is often criticized or rejected based on this; Bell's attitude was: "It is a merit of the de Broglie–Bohm version to bring this [nonlocality] out so explicitly that it cannot be ignored." [22] The de Broglie–Bohm theory describes the physics in the Bell test experiments as follows: to understand the evolution of the particles, we need to set up a wave equation for both particles; the orientation of the apparatus affects the wavefunction. The particles in the experiment follow the guidance of the wavefunction. It is the wavefunction that carries the faster-than-light effect of changing the orientation of the apparatus. An analysis of exactly what kind of nonlocality is present and how it is compatible with relativity can be found in Maudlin.[23] Note that in Bell's work, and in more detail in Maudlin's work, it is shown that the nonlocality does not allow for signaling at speeds faster than light.

Bohm interpretation


Classical limit
Bohm's formulation of de Broglie–Bohm theory in terms of a classical-looking version has the merits that the emergence of classical behavior seems to follow immediately for any situation in which the quantum potential is negligible, as noted by Bohm in 1952. Modern methods of decoherence are relevant to an analysis of this limit. See Allori et al[24] for steps towards a rigorous analysis.

Quantum trajectory method
Work by Robert Wyatt in the early 2000s attempted to use the Bohm "particles" as an adaptive mesh that follows the actual trajectory of a quantum state in time and space. In the "quantum trajectory" method, one samples the quantum wavefunction with a mesh of quadrature points. One then evolves the quadrature points in time according to the Bohm equations of motion. At each time-step, one then re-synthesizes the wavefunction from the points, recomputes the quantum forces, and continues the calculation. (Quick-time movies of this for H+H2 reactive scattering can be found on the Wyatt group [25] web-site at UT Austin.) This approach has been adapted, extended, and used by a number of researchers in the Chemical Physics community as a way to compute semi-classical and quasi-classical molecular dynamics. A recent (2007) issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry A [26] was dedicated to Prof. Wyatt and his work on "Computational Bohmian Dynamics". Eric Bittner's group [27] at the University of Houston has advanced a statistical variant of this approach that uses Bayesian sampling technique to sample the quantum density and compute the quantum potential on a structureless mesh of points. This technique was recently used to estimate quantum effects in the heat-capacity of small clusters Nen for n~100. There remain difficulties using the Bohmian approach, mostly associated with the formation of singularities in the quantum potential due to nodes in the quantum wavefunction. In general, nodes forming due to interference effects lead to the case where This results in an infinite force on the sample particles forcing them to move

away from the node and often crossing the path of other sample points (which violates single-valuedness). Various schemes have been developed to overcome this; however, no general solution has yet emerged. These methods, as does Bohm's Hamilton-Jacobi formulation, do not apply to situations in which the full dynamics of spin need to be taken into account.

Occam's razor criticism
Both Hugh Everett III and Bohm treated the wavefunction as a physically real field. Everett's many-worlds interpretation is an attempt to demonstrate that the wavefunction alone is sufficient to account for all our observations. When we see the particle detectors flash or hear the click of a Geiger counter then Everett's theory interprets this as our wavefunction responding to changes in the detector's wavefunction, which is responding in turn to the passage of another wavefunction (which we think of as a "particle", but is actually just another wave-packet).[28] No particle (in the Bohm sense of having a defined position and velocity) exists, according to that theory. For this reason Everett sometimes referred to his approach as the "pure wave theory". Talking of Bohm's 1952 approach, Everett says:

Our main criticism of this view is on the grounds of simplicity - if one desires to hold the view that

particle is superfluous since, as we have endeavored to illustrate, the pure wave theory is itself satisfactory.

is a real field then the associated [29]

In the Everettian view, then, the Bohm particles are superfluous entities, similar to, and equally as unnecessary as, for example, the luminiferous ether was found to be unnecessary in special relativity. This argument of Everett's is sometimes called the "redundancy argument", since the superfluous particles are redundant in the sense of Occam's razor.[30] .

Bohm interpretation Many authors have expressed critical views of the de Broglie-Bohm theory, by comparing it to Everett's many worlds approach. Many (but not all) proponents of the de Broglie-Bohm theory (such as Bohm and Bell) interpret the universal wave function as physically real. According to some authors, if the (never collapsing) wave function is taken to be physically real, then it is natural to interpret the theory as having the same many worlds as Everett's theory. In the Everettian view the role of the Bohm particle is to act as a "pointer", tagging, or selecting, just one branch of the universal wavefunction (the assumption that this branch indicates which wave packet determines the observed result of a given experiment is called the "result assumption"[28] ); the other branches are designated "empty" and implicitly assumed by Bohm to be devoid of conscious observers.[28] H. Dieter Zeh comments on these "empty" branches:


It is usually overlooked that Bohm’s theory contains the same “many worlds” of dynamically separate branches as the Everett interpretation [31] (now regarded as “empty” wave components), since it is based on precisely the same . . . global wave function . . .

David Deutsch has expressed the same point more "acerbically"[28] :

pilot-wave theories are parallel-universe theories in a state of chronic denial.


According to Brown & Wallace[28] the de Broglie-Bohm particles play no role in the solution of the measurement problem. These authors claim[28] that the "result assumption" (see above) is inconsistent with the view that there is no measurement problem in the predictable outcome (i.e. single-outcome) case. These authors also claim[28] that a standard tacit assumption of the de Broglie-Bohm theory (that an observer becomes aware of configurations of particles of ordinary objects by means of correlations between such configurations and the configuration of the particles in the observer's brain) is unreasonable. This conclusion has been challenged by pilot wave advocates, with a number of suggested resolutions; either deny that the wavefunction is as objectively real as the particles[30] or dispute whether the Everettarian prescription is complete (e.g. can probabilities be derived from the wavefunction?)[30]

De Broglie–Bohm theory has been derived many times and in many ways. Below are five derivations all of which are very different and lead to different ways of understanding and extending this theory. • Schrödinger's equation can be derived by using Einstein's light quanta hypothesis: hypothesis: . . and de Broglie's

The guiding equation can be derived in a similar fashion. We assume a plane wave: Notice that . Assuming that for the particle's actual velocity, we have that

. Thus, we have the guiding equation. Notice that this derivation does not use Schrödinger's equation. • Preserving the density under the time evolution is another method of derivation. This is the method that Bell cites. It is this method which generalizes to many possible alternative theories. The starting point is the continuity equation for the density . This equation describes a probability flow along a

current. We take the velocity field associated with this current as the velocity field whose integral curves yield the motion of the particle. • A method applicable for particles without spin is to do a polar decomposition of the wavefunction and transform Schrödinger's equation into two coupled equations: the continuity equation from above and the Hamilton–Jacobi equation. This is the method used by Bohm in 1952. The decomposition and equations are as follows:

Bohm interpretation Decomposition: . Continuity Equation: Hamilton–Jacobi Equation: The Hamilton–Jacobi equation is the equation derived from a Newtonian system with potential and velocity field The potential is the classical potential that appears in Note corresponds to the probability density


Schrödinger's equation and the other term involving Bohm.

is the quantum potential, terminology introduced by

This leads to viewing the quantum theory as particles moving under the classical force modified by a quantum force. However, unlike standard Newtonian mechanics, the initial velocity field is already specified by which is a symptom of this being a first-order theory, not a second-order theory. • A fourth derivation was given by Dürr et al.[1] In their derivation, they derive the velocity field by demanding the appropriate transformation properties given by the various symmetries that Schrödinger's equation satisfies, once the wavefunction is suitably transformed. The guiding equation is what emerges from that analysis. • A fifth derivation, given by Dürr et al[4] is appropriate for generalization to quantum field theory and the Dirac equation. The idea is that a velocity field can also be understood as a first order differential operator acting on functions. Thus, if we know how it acts on functions, we know what it is. Then given the Hamiltonian operator , the equation to satisfy for all functions (with associated multiplication operator where ) is

is the local Hermitian inner product on the value space

of the wavefunction. This formulation allows for stochastic theories such as the creation and annihilation of particles.

De Broglie–Bohm theory has a history of different formulations and names. In this section, each stage is given a name and a main reference.

Pilot-wave theory
This was the theory which de Broglie presented at the 1927 Solvay Conference.[33] At the conference, Wolfgang Pauli pointed out that it did not deal properly with the case of inelastic scattering. De Broglie was persuaded by this argument, and abandoned this theory. Later, in 1932, John von Neumann published a paper,[34] claiming to prove that all hidden-variable theories are impossible. This clearly applied to de Broglie's theories. This stage applies to many spin-less particles, and is deterministic, but lacks an adequate theory of measurement. An analysis of de Broglie's presentation is given in Bacciagaluppi et al.[35] [36] Around this time Erwin Madelung[37] also developed a hydrodynamic version of Schrödinger's equation which is the basis for the density current derivation of de Broglie–Bohm theory. The Madelung equations differ, however, from the de Broglie–Bohm theory[38] .

Bohm interpretation


De Broglie–Bohm theory
This was described by Bohm's original papers 'A Suggested Interpretation of the Quantum Theory in Terms of "Hidden Variables" I and II' [Bohm 1952]. It extended the original Pilot Wave Theory to incorporate a consistent theory of measurement, and to address a criticism of Pauli that de Broglie did not properly respond to; it is taken to be deterministic (though Bohm hinted in the original papers that there should be disturbances to this, in the way Brownian motion disturbs Newtonian mechanics). This stage is known as the de Broglie–Bohm Theory in Bell's work [Bell 1987] and is the basis for 'The Quantum Theory of Motion' [Holland 1993]. This stage applies to multiple particles, and is deterministic. The de Broglie–Bohm theory is an example of a hidden variables theory. Bohm originally hoped that hidden variables could provide a local, causal, objective description that would resolve or eliminate many of the paradoxes of quantum mechanics, such as Schrödinger's cat, the measurement problem and the collapse of the wavefunction. However, Bell's theorem complicates this hope, as it demonstrates that there can be no local hidden variable theory that is compatible with the predictions of quantum mechanics. The Bohmian interpretation is causal but not local. Bohm became dissatisfied with the conventional interpretation of quantum mechanics, pointing out that, although it requires one to give up "the possibility of even conceiving what might determine the behaviour of an individual system at a quantum level", it does not prove that this requirement is necessary. Indeed, it was his understanding, given 44to him by Einstein, of the flawed nature of von Neumann's proof that inspired his papers. Bohm's paper was largely ignored by other physicists; it was not supported by Albert Einstein (who was also dissatisfied with the prevailing orthodoxy and had discussed Bohm's ideas with him before publication). Bohm eventually abandoned it. The cause was taken up by John Bell. In "Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics" [Bell 1987], several of the papers refer to hidden variables theories (which include Bohm's). Bell showed that Pauli's and von Neumann's objections amounted to showing that hidden variables theories are nonlocal, and that nonlocality is a feature of all quantum mechanical systems.

Bohmian mechanics
This term is used to describe the same theory, but with an emphasis on the notion of current flow. In particular, it is often used to include most of the further extensions past the spin-less version of Bohm. While de Broglie–Bohm theory has Lagrangians and Hamilton-Jacobi equations as a primary focus and backdrop, with the icon of the quantum potential, Bohmian mechanics considers the continuity equation as primary and has the guiding equation as its icon. They are mathematically equivalent in so far as the Hamilton-Jacobi formulation applies, i.e., spin-less particles. The papers of Dürr et al popularized the term. All of non-relativistic quantum mechanics can be fully accounted for in this theory.

Causal interpretation and ontological interpretation
Bohm developed his original ideas, calling them the Causal Interpretation. Later he felt that causal sounded too much like deterministic and preferred to call his theory the Ontological Interpretation. The main reference is 'The Undivided Universe' [Bohm, Hiley 1993]. This stage covers work by Bohm and in collaboration with Vigier and Hiley. Bohm is clear that this theory is non-deterministic (the work with Hiley includes a stochastic theory). As such, this theory is not, strictly speaking, a formulation of the de Broglie–Bohm theory. However, it deserves mention here because the term "Bohm Interpretation" is ambiguous between this theory and the de Broglie–Bohm theory.

Bohm interpretation


See also
• • • • • • David Bohm Interpretation of quantum mechanics Madelung equations Local hidden variable theory Quantum mechanics Pilot wave

• Albert, David Z. (May 1994). "Bohm's Alternative to Quantum Mechanics". Scientific American 270: 58–67. • Barbosa, G. D.; N. Pinto-Neto (2004). "A Bohmian Interpretation for Noncommutative Scalar Field Theory and Quantum Mechanics". Physical Review D 69: 065014. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.69.065014 [39]. arΧiv:hep-th/0304105. • Bohm, David (1952). "A Suggested Interpretation of the Quantum Theory in Terms of "Hidden Variables" I". Physical Review 85: 166–179. doi:10.1103/PhysRev.85.166 [40]. • Bohm, David (1952). "A Suggested Interpretation of the Quantum Theory in Terms of "Hidden Variables", II". Physical Review 85: 180–193. doi:10.1103/PhysRev.85.180 [41]. • Bohm, David (1990). "A new theory of the relationship of mind and matter [42]". Philosophical Psychology 3 (2): 271–286. doi:10.1080/09515089008573004 [43]. • Bohm, David; B.J. Hiley (1993). The Undivided Universe: An ontological interpretation of quantum theory. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-12185-X. • Durr, Detlef; Sheldon Goldstein, Roderich Tumulka and Nino Zangh (December 2004). "Bohmian Mechanics [44] " (PDF). Physical review letters 93 (9): 090402. ISSN 0031-9007 [45]. PMID 15447078 [46]. • Goldstein, Sheldon (2001). "Bohmian Mechanics [47]". Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. • Hall, Michael J.W. (2004). "Incompleteness of trajectory-based interpretations of quantum mechanics". Journal of Physics a Mathematical and General 37: 9549. doi:10.1088/0305-4470/37/40/015 [48]. arΧiv:quant-ph/0406054. (Demonstrates incompleteness of the Bohm interpretation in the face of fractal, differentialble-nowhere wavefunctions.) • Holland, Peter R. (1993). The Quantum Theory of Motion : An Account of the de Broglie–Bohm Causal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-48543-6. • Nikolic, H. (2004). "Relativistic quantum mechanics and the Bohmian interpretation". Foundations of Physics Letters 18: 549. doi:10.1007/s10702-005-1128-1 [49]. arΧiv:quant-ph/0406173. • Passon, Oliver (2004). Why isn't every physicist a Bohmian?. arΧiv:quant-ph/0412119. • Sanz, A. S.; F. Borondo (2003). "A Bohmian view on quantum decoherence". The European Physical Journal D 44: 319. doi:10.1140/epjd/e2007-00191-8 [50]. arΧiv:quant-ph/0310096. • Sanz, A.S. (2005). "A Bohmian approach to quantum fractals". J. Phys. A: Math. Gen. 38: 319. doi:10.1088/0305-4470/38/26/013 [51]. (Describes a Bohmian resolution to the dilemma posed by non-differentiable wavefunctions.) • Silverman, Mark P. (1993). And Yet It Moves: Strange Systems and Subtle Questions in Physics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-44631-7. • Streater, Ray F. (2003). "Bohmian mechanics is a "lost cause" [52]". Retrieved 2006-06-25. • Valentini, Antony; Hans Westman (2004). Dynamical Origin of Quantum Probabilities. arΧiv:quant-ph/0403034. • Bohmian mechanics on arxiv.org [53]

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Self-awareness is literally the awareness of the self. It is distinct from self-consciousness.[1]

The basis of personal identity
A philosophical view
I think, therefore I exist, as a thing that thinks. "...And as I observed that this truth 'I think, therefore I am' (Cogito ergo sum) was so certain and of such evidence ...I concluded that I might, without scruple, accept it as the first principle of the Philosophy I was in search." "...In the statement 'I think, therefore I am' ...I see very clearly that to think it is necessary to be, I concluded that I might take, as a general rule, the principle, that all the things which we very clearly and distinctly conceive are true..."[2] [3] While reading Descartes, Locke began to relish the great ideas of philosophy and the scientific method. On one occasion, while in a meeting with friends, the question of the "limits of human understanding" arose. He spent almost twenty years of his life on the subject until the publication of An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, a great chapter in the History of Philosophy.[4] John Locke's chapter XXVII "On Identity and Diversity" in An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689) has been said to be one of the first modern conceptualizations of consciousness as the repeated self-identification of oneself, through which moral responsibility could be attributed to the subject - and therefore punishment and guiltiness justified, as critics such as Nietzsche would point out, affirming "...the psychology of conscience is not 'the voice of God in man'; it is the instinct of cruelty...expressed, for the first time, as one of the oldest and most indispensable elements in the foundation of culture."[5] [6] [7] John Locke does not use the terms self-awareness or self-consciousness though.[8] Nietzsche himself, in his work On the Genealogy of Morals,[9] based on Philology, breaks away from the traditional views of Judaeo Christian Ethics but his alienation could be taken as contributing to his eventual insanity[10] though some scholars believe he may have been suffering from syphilis.

Self-aware According to Locke, personal identity (the self) "depends on consciousness, not on substance" nor on the soul. We are the same person to the extent that we are conscious of our past and future thoughts and actions in the same way as we are conscious of our present thoughts and actions. If consciousness is this "thought" which doubles all thoughts, then personal identity is only founded on the repeated act of consciousness: "This may show us wherein personal identity consists: not in the identity of substance, but... in the identity of consciousness". For example, one may claim to be a reincarnation of Plato, therefore having the same soul. However, one would be the same person as Plato only if one had the same consciousness of Plato's thoughts and actions that he himself did. Therefore, self-identity is not based on the soul. One soul may have various personalities. Self-identity is not founded either on the body or the substance, argues Locke, as the substance may change while the person remains the same: "animal identity is preserved in identity of life, and not of substance", as the body of the animal grows and changes during its life. Take for example a prince's soul which enters the body of a cobbler: to all exterior eyes, the cobbler would remain a cobbler. But to the prince himself, the cobbler would be himself, as he would be conscious of the prince's thoughts and acts, and not of the cobbler's life. A prince's consciousness in a cobbler body: thus the cobbler is, in fact, a prince. But this interesting border-case leads to this problematic thought that since personal identity is based on consciousness, and that only oneself can be aware of his consciousness, exterior human judges may never know if they really are judging - and punishing - the same person, or simply the same body. In other words, Locke argues that you may be judged only for the acts of your body, as this is what is apparent to all but God; however, you are in truth only responsible for the acts for which you are conscious. This forms the basis of the insanity defense: one can't be held accountable for acts in which one was unconsciously irrational, mentally ill [11] - and therefore leads to interesting philosophical questions: "personal identity consists [not in the identity of substance] but in the identity of consciousness, wherein if Socrates and the present mayor of Queenborough agree, they are the same person: if the same Socrates waking and sleeping do not partake of the same consciousness, Socrates waking and sleeping is not the same person. And to punish Socrates waking for what sleeping Socrates thought, and waking Socrates was never conscious of, would be no more right, than to punish one twin for what his brother-twin did, whereof he knew nothing, because their outsides were so like, that they could not be distinguished; for such twins have been seen."[12] Or again: "PERSON, as I take it, is the name for this self. Wherever a man finds what he calls himself, there, I think, another may say is the same person. It is a forensic term, appropriating actions and their merit; and so belong only to intelligent agents, capable of a law, and happiness, and misery. This personality extends itself beyond present existence to what is past, only by consciousness, --whereby it becomes concerned and accountable; owns and imputes to itself past actions, just upon the same ground and for the same reason as it does the present. All which is founded in a concern for happiness, the unavoidable concomitant of consciousness; that which is conscious of pleasure and pain, desiring that that self that is conscious should be happy. And therefore whatever past actions it cannot reconcile or APPROPRIATE to that present self by consciousness, it can be no more concerned in it than if they had never been done: and to receive pleasure or pain, i.e. reward or punishment, on the account of any such action, is all one as to be made happy or miserable in its first being, without any demerit at all. For, supposing a MAN punished now for what he had done in another life, whereof he could be made to have no consciousness at all, what difference is there between that punishment and being CREATED miserable? And therefore, conformable to this, the apostle tells us, that, at the great day, when every one shall 'receive according to his doings, the secrets of all hearts shall be laid open.' The sentence shall be justified by the consciousness all person shall have, that THEY THEMSELVES, in what bodies soever they appear, or what substances soever that consciousness adheres to, are the SAME that committed those actions, and deserve that punishment for them." [[#endnote_Lockea|[4]]] Henceforth, Locke's conception of personal identity founds it not on the substance or the body, but in the "same continued consciousness", which is also distinct from the soul since the soul may have no consciousness of itself (as


Self-aware in reincarnation). He creates a third term between the soul and the body - and Locke's thought may certainly be meditated by those who, following a scientist ideology, would identify too quickly the brain to consciousness. For the brain, as the body and as any substance, may change, while consciousness remains the same. Therefore personal identity is not in the brain, but in consciousness. However, Locke's theory also reveals his debt to theology and to Apocalyptic "great day", which by advance excuse any failings of human justice and therefore humanity's miserable state.


A modern scientific view
Self-Awareness Theory Self-Awareness Theory states that when we focus our attention on ourselves, we evaluate and compare our current behavior to our internal standards and values. We become self-conscious as objective evaluators of ourselves. Various emotional states are intensified by self-awareness, and people sometimes try to reduce or escape it through things like television, video games, drugs, etc. However, some people may seek to increase their self awareness through these outlets. People are more likely to align their behavior with their standards when made self-aware. People will be negatively affected if they don’t live up to their personal standards. Various environmental cues and situations induce awareness of the self, such as mirrors, an audience, or being videotaped or recorded. These cues also increase accuracy of personal memory.[13] . In Demetriou´s theory, one of the neo-Piagetian theories of cognitive development, self-awareness develops systematically from birth through the life span and it is a major factor for the development of general inferential processes. [14]

In theater
Theater also concerns itself with other awareness besides self-awareness. There is a possible correlation between the experience of the theater audience and individual self-awareness. As actors and audiences must not 'break' the fourth wall in order to maintain context, so individuals must not be aware of the artificial, or the constructed perception of his or her reality. This suggests that self-awareness is an artificial continuum just as theater is. Theatrical efforts such as Six Characters in Search of an Author or say, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, construct yet another layer of the fourth wall, but they do not destroy the primary illusion. Refer to Erving Goffman's Frame Analysis: An Essay on the Organization of Experience.

In animals
Humans are not the only creatures who are self-aware. Thus far, there is evidence that bottlenose dolphins, some apes, [15] and elephants have the capacity to be self-aware.[16] Recent studies from the Goethe University Frankfurt show that magpies may also possess self-awareness. [17] Common speculation suggests that some other animals are self-aware.[18]

In science fiction
In science fiction, self-awareness describes an essential human property that bestows "personhood" onto a non-human. If a computer, alien or other object is described as "self-aware", the reader may assume that it will be treated as completely human character, with similar rights, capabilities and desires to a normal human being. [19] The words sentience, sapience and consciousness are used in similar ways in science fiction.



See also
• • • • • • • • • • • • • Boltzmann brain Cartesian theater Confidence Feldenkrais Method Higher consciousness Mindfulness Memory suppression Mirror test Modesty Self-consciousness Sentience Vedanta Yoga Nidra

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