Raoni Arroyo (CLE/UNICAMP) and Valdenor Brito Jr (UFSC) Why be a dualist? Quantum mechanics and the `consciousness causes collapse hypothesis'
Raoni Arroyo (University of Campinas), Valdenor Brito Jr

part of: CLE Permanent Seminar on Metaphysics
April 13, 2022, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

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  • Support: grant #2021/11381-1, São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)


University of Campinas
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro

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This is a work in progress. This paper seeks to establish whether that quantum mechanics is compatible or not with moderate versions of dualism about the metaphysics of the mind. § 1 argues that, due to the Koshen--Specker theorem, quantum objects are incomplete objects regarding context-dependent properties, and that ---in a specific interpretation of quantum mechanics--- the transition from metaphysical incompleteness to completeness happens due to the interaction with conscious minds. § 2, then, will discuss the dependence between mind and matter in the context of building relations, and § 3 focuses on if there are metametaphysical lessons to be learned (and what are them) concerning the moderate dualist metaphysics of mind and their connections with quantum mechanics.

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