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Neuroscience and Quantum Theory

Ted Honderich

in Mind and Brain

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780198242826
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680588 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242826.003.0006

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Neuroscience and Quantum Theory

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Among the living cells of the human body, and of the central and the peripheral nervous systems, it is neurons or nerve cells which are most immediately bound up with consciousness — with the antecedents of mental events, mental events themselves, and their consequents, the latter being other mental events and also actions. Neurons vary from very short indeed to a considerable length, and are constituted of structures and substructures which are open to study by light and electron microscopy and by many other converging means. Inspite of how scientific this bodily system is, and this is not the most often point of controversy, there remains to be various questions on consequences and still comes three categories of theories: determinist, near-determinist, and indeterminist.

Keywords: neuroscience; quantum theory; nerve cells; consciousness; mental events; consequences; determinism; brain; neurons; evidence

Chapter.  31761 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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