Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 11, No 2 (2015)

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Quantum Mechanics & the Brain, and some of its Consequences

Acacio de Barros, Gary Oas


In this paper we examine the consequences of von Neumann's interpretation of quantum mechanics in the context of an insect conditioning experiment. We argue that either the insect has a mind (consciousness?), therefore collapsing the wave function, or it does not, therefore reacting to superpositions in a different way. Thus, a device to condition insects could be used to test von Neumann's interpretation, if insects are not conscious. If, on the other hand, insects possess a mind, such experiment would open up the possibility of using insect experiments to test Stapp's theory of mind-matter interaction.

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