Mind, Matter and the Implicate Order

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Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 25, 2006 - Philosophy - 270 pages

Quantum theory predicts experimental results brilliantly but simultaneously raises difficult conceptual issues. Paradoxes such as Schrödinger’s cat, the EPR paradox, or the nonlocality demanded by Bell’s inequalities have hampered philosophers in their attempts to include quantum theory when discussing the relation between mind and matter. Pylkkänen proposes that Bohm’s alternative interpretation of quantum theory resolves these paradoxes and thus enables one to base new philosophical theories upon quantum physics. He uses Bohm’s concepts of "implicate order", "active information" and "soma-significance" as tools to tackle several well-known problems in the philosophy of mind. These include mental causation, the hard problem of consciousness, time consciousness, and virtual reality. Pylkkänen’s eclectic approach combines new physics-based insights with those of analytical philosophy, phenomenology, cognitive science and neuroscience and he proposes a view in which the mechanistic framework of classical physics and neuroscience is complemented by a more holistic underlying framework in which conscious experience finds its place more naturally.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
12 Bohm on Matter Mind and Their Relationship
13
13 An Overview of the Rest of the Book
39
The Architecture of Matter
43
22 The Role of the Notion of Order in Physics
47
24 From the Mechanistic Order to the Implicate order
53
25 The Implicate Order as the General Architecture of Matter
60
26 Nonlocality and the Implicate Order
76
42 The Ontological Interpretation of the Quantum Theory
160
43 The Ontological Interpretation of Quantum Field Theory
174
44 The Relationship between Mind and Matter in the Light of the Ontological Interpretation and the Implicate Order
181
Time Consciousness
207
52 What is Dainton Trying to Explain?
209
53 Dainton on Previous Accounts of Phenomenal Temporality
210
54 Daintons Account of Phenomenal Temporality
213
55 Problems with Daintons View
216

27 Cosmology and the Implicate Order
79
28 Extending the Implicate Order to Biological Phenomena
84
29 The Causal Architecture of the Holomovement
88
The Architecture of Consciousness
93
32 Consciousness and the Implicate Order
99
33 Does the Implicate Order Prevail in Conscious Experience?
104
the Implicate Order and Zenos Paradox
117
35 The Implicate Order and the Process of Thought
123
36 The Role of the Explicate Order in Conscious Experience
127
37 Matter Consciousness and the Architecture of Existence
133
38 Time in the Total Order of Matter and Consciousness
147
39 Metaphysics as a Proposal
152
Active Information
156
552 Further Criticisms of Dainton
217
56 Bohm on Conscious Experience and Time
219
562 Bohms Model and the Problems with the TwoDimensional Model
223
563 Bohms Model and Daintons Problems
224
564 Bohm in Relation to Revonsuo
227
Movement Causation and Consciousness
230
62 Mental Causation
234
63 How is an Experiencing Physical System Possible?
239
631 David Chalmers Approach
241
632 Bohm vs Chalmers on the Hard Problem of Consciousness
244
Bibliography
249
Index
263
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Paavo Pylkkänen received his masters degree from the University of Sussex and his doctorate from the University of Helsinki. He was an Academy of Finland researcher 1990-1995 and became associate professor in theoretical philosophy at the University of Skövde, Sweden in 1996. Since 2001 he has also been a lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki. He lives in Stockholm.

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