Is a Mind Element Needed to Interpret Quantum Mechanics? Do Physically Undetermined Choices Enter Into the Evolution of the Physical Universe? (Part 2)

July 21, 2014 4:50 PM

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Is a Mind Element Needed to Interpret Quantum Mechanics? Do Physically Undetermined Choices Enter Into the Evolution of the Physical Universe? (Part 2)

The time is ripe for a theory of cosmic mind to be seen by all scientists not as a speculative notion that conflicts with basic scientific principles but as a necessary part of a rational, science-based understanding of ourselves and nature. The earlier idea, cemented into science by the work of Isaac Newton, was that mind belongs to subjective reality "in here" while physics deals with objective physical reality "out there" and that the latter by itself was the proper subject of physical science. The undoing of this separation is one of the fascinating sagas of modern quantum theory. Yet even if you are an outsider to the intricate mathematics of quantum mechanics, you can sympathize with the frustration of scientists who use their minds every day without really knowing what the mind is or where it came from.

Some physicists attempted to bypass the thorny issue of mind by dividing nature into two physical realms, the microscopic (the small scale where quantum mechanics has been triumphant) and the macroscopic (the large scale where everyday objects obey the laws of classical physics). The microscopic des...

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