Mind, Matter and Quantum Mechanics"Scientists other than quantum physicists often fail to comprehend the enormity of the conceptual change wrought by quantum theory in our basic conception of the nature of matter," writes Henry Stapp. Stapp is a leading quantum physicist who has given particularly careful thought to the implications of the theory that lies at the heart of modern physics. In this book, which contains several of his key papers as well as new material, he focuses on the problem of consciousness and explains how quantum mechanics allows causally effective conscious thought to be combined in a natural way with the physical brain made of neurons and atoms. The book is divided into four sections. The first consists of an extended introduction. Key foundational and somewhat more technical papers are included in the second part, together with a clear exposition of the "orthodox" interpretation of quantum mechanics. The third part addresses, in a nontechnical fashion, the implications of the theory for some of the most profound questions that mankind has contemplated: How does the world come to be just what it is and not something else? How should humans view themselves in a quantum universe? What will be the impact on society of the revised scientific image of the nature of man? The final part contains a mathematical appendix for the specialist and a glossary of important terms and ideas for the interested layman. This new edition has been updated and extended to address recent debates about consciousness. 
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User Review  Anthony Tenaglier  GoodreadsAn interesting perspective of mind and brain from the point of view of a quantum physicist. The quantum Zeno effect is intriguing to think about and to approach the problem of our thoughts rooted in ... Read full review
Review: Mind, Matter and Quantum Mechanics
User Review  GoodreadsAn interesting perspective of mind and brain from the point of view of a quantum physicist. The quantum Zeno effect is intriguing to think about and to approach the problem of our thoughts rooted in ... Read full review
Contents
and then a Miracle Occurs  3 
A Quantum Theory of Consciousness  39 
Theory  49 
The Copenhagen Interpretation  51 
Mind Matter and Quantum Mechanics  81 
Quantum Propensities and the BrainMind Connection  119 
A Quantum Theory of the MindBrain Interface  147 
Implications  175 
A Quantum Conception of Man  209 
Quantum Theory and the Place of Mind in Nature  221 
New Developments and Future Visions  229 
Neuroscience Atomic Physics and the Human Person  231 
Societal Ramifications of the New Scientific Conception of Human Beings  265 
Appendices  273 
A Mathematical Model  275 
Glossary  279 
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