The Classical Mechanistic Idea Of Nature That Prevailed In Science During The Eighteenth And Nineteenth Centuries Was An Essentially Mindless Conception The Physically Described Aspects Of Nature Were Asserted To Be Completely Determined By Prior Physically Described Aspects Alone, With Our Conscious Experiences Entering Only Passively During The Twentieth Century The Classical Concepts Were Found To Be Inadequate In The New Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Our Conscious Experiences Enter Into The Dynamics In Specified Ways Not Fixed By The Physically Described Aspects Alone Consequences Of This Radical Change In Our Understanding Of The Connection Between Mind And Brain Are Described This Second Edition Contains Two New Chapters Investigating The Role Of Quantum Phenomena In The Problem Of Free Will And In The Placebo EffectAuthor Of Over Three Hundred Research Papers On The Mathematical, Physical, And Philosophical Foundations Of Quantum Mechanics, And A Springer Book Mind, Matter, And Quantum Mechanics Worked Personally With W Heisenberg, W Pauli, And JA Wheeler On These Issues Invited Author Of Entries About Quantum Theories Consciousness In Several Currently About To Appear Encyclopedias Invited Plenary Speaker At Numerous International Conferences For Book Cover Henry Stapp Has Spent His Entire Career Working In Frontier Areas Of Theoretical Physics After Completing His Thesis Work Under Nobel Laureates Emilio Segr And Owen Chamberlain, He Joined Wolfgang Pauli To Tackle Foundational Issues After Pauli S Early Death, He Turned To Von Neumann S Ideas About The Mathematical Foundations Of Quantum Theory The Essay Mind, Matter And Quantum Mechanics , That Developed Out Of This Work Eventually Evolved Into Stapp S Classic Book Bearing The Same Title His Deep Interest In The Quantum Measurement Problem Led Him To Pursue Extensive Work Pertaining To The Influence Of Our Conscious Thoughts On Physical Processes Occurring In Our Brains The Understandings Achieved In This Work Have Been Described In Many Technical Articles And Now, In Accessible Prose, In The Present Book The book takes for granted that the Copenhagen Interpretation CI , a probabilistic interpretation of quantum mechanics, is the only true interpretation, regardless of the fact that quantum mechanics is per se deterministic In order to explain, using the CI, certain non local quantum phenomena, like quantum entanglement, free will and the concept of mind become necessary boundary conditions to a theorem, Bell s Theorem, that somewhat suggests that if reality is made of causally disconnected events, then entanglement does not need superluminal transfers of information The concept of mind is thought and explained as some sort of intrinsic will that quantum particles have, and that for some reason allows humans to directly understand and measure reality or in other words, some sort of super power that we possess, which is to the very least a matter of religious, rather than scientific debate Overall, it s a book that wants to indoctrinate people by drawing bold, want to be scientific conclusions that cannot truly be drawn because of the inevitably flawed experimental settings aimed to prove the correctness of the desired hypotheses. A book that is pretty scientific in essence inquiring new limits in our knowledge and question materialism in a both empirical and rational way, every penny worth it, There s a lot of physicists with idealistic trends, B hr, Schr dinger, Heisenberg, Pauli, Wigner, Neumann, Wheeler, Davies, Linde and so onPS Pretty sad and above all uninformed comment about the guy that thinks this is not scientific at all and doesnt question any metaphysical assumption, a naive realism, not a drop of skepticism and materialist dogmatism Henry Stapp delivers important ideas that should be shouted out from the roof tops He gives a scientific explanation on how free will can operate and make decisions with the physical brain as a tool While most scientists are stuck in an obsolete world view based on classical physics from the 19th century, Stapp shows how quantum physics offers explanations on the relationship between the mind and the physical brain Too bad that much of the content is wrapped up in difficult language I guess other scientists on the same level as Stapp will understand it, but I had a hard time with the long sentences But I got the message, and hopefully some authors will popularize the ideas put forth by this eminent scientist.
- Mindful Universe : Quantum Mechanics and the Participating Observer
- Henry P Stapp
- 24 August 2018 Henry P Stapp