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Outline of a Theory of Mind

David Hodgson

in The Mind Matters

Published in print February 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240686
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680236 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240686.003.0017

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Outline of a Theory of Mind

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This chapter outlines a theory of mind, which makes use of the discussion of quantum physics in Part III. The basic hypothesis is that mental events and associated physical events are aspects or manifestations of the same events of the brain-mind, with some discoverable correlations between them. But just as the macroscopic physical events of neural firings are manifestations of micro events of the quantum world, so also mental events are related more directly to those quantum events than to the neural firings themselves. Even the best objective description of the events as physical events cannot account for all the properties of mental events, in particular all their causal properties. Finally, the best description of the events as mental events must use the language and concepts of folk psychology, which can be improved and refined.

Keywords: brain; mind; quantum reality; conscious choice; quantum mechanics

Chapter.  10365 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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