Links on consciousness and quantum physics

‘Mysticism’ in quantum mechanics: the forgotten controversy
Quantum Mysticism: Gone but Not Forgotten

Wigner, Remarks on the Mind-Body Question

Essay Review : Wigner’s View of Physical Reality by Michael Esfeld

Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy in the Research on the Foundations of Quantum Physics: E.P. Wigner's Case by Olival Freire
A Critical Review of Wigner’s Work on the Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Theory by Hans Primas and Michael Esfeld

Understanding Quantum Physics And Its Implications by Casey Blood. See also his fqxi essay and his correspondence with Henry Stapp. His view is essentially the same as mine: the main difference at first sight is that he qualifies his interpretation as "without collapse" while I qualify it as "the way collapse occurs". I see this only as a difference of vocabulary, not of meaning: we both agree against Stapp, by the fact I view the "collapse" as a selection of world after decoherence, while Stapp considers a collapse before decoherence. Still I keep preferring my vocabulary, in the following sense: it would only be meaningful to say that the physical state stays intact after observation, if it existed in the first place: if the initial creation of the state of the universe at the big bang fundamentally differed from the later selections of worlds by observations; but I challenge the idea of such a difference. His new site does not contain his interpretation anymore but only links to his article where it is presented.

John Archibald Wheeler : Law without law

On the problem of the interpretation of quantum physics (A. A. Grib, 2014), focusing on the "Copenhagen" and many-worlds interpretations, which are his favorites. But by "Copenhagen interpretation" he actually means the Mind makes collapse interpretation.

On Dualistic Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics: Arguments in Favor Squire’s One Mind Interpretation in the Setting of Mental Monism

David J. Chalmers
Consciousness and its Place in Nature : see from page 29, section "9 Type-D Dualism"
Consciousness and the collapse of the wave function video of talk given in August 2014

The Theory of Observation in Quantum Mechanics by Fritz London and Edmond Bauer (1939)

Henry Margenau
James Hopwood Jeans 

Philosophy of Consciousness by Mark Pharoah: Phenomenal vs Noumenal Consciousness and the problem of Personal Identity - References

David Hodgson : bio - Criticism and his reply

Evan Harris Walker : Dualism, Causal Loops in Time, and the Quantum Observer Theory of Paraphysical Phenomena

Some more stuff on Quantum Mind and Consciousness – Interesting and Useful Read

Quantum Mind at Wikia

The Idealistic Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics by Amit Goswami. (I agree with him on the main metaphysical claims, except that I don't follow the spirituality teachings he claims to draw from it, such as any specifically hinduist claim and such nonsensical claim as "values are under attack"; and like other authors, he is too easily satisfied to directly report his conclusions without caring to develop rigorous arguments to make it clearer that it isn't pseudo-science. Also he spoils a lot of his credibility as quantum physicist by giving this incorrect description at minute 24 of this video: "electrons jump from one atomic orbit to the other without going through the intervening space")
A defense of this view by Jan Szafranski

In defence of quantum idealism by Michael Alexeevich Popov (fqxi essay and short bio)

Quantum Mechanics and the Hard Problem by Lennart Warnemyr

A philosophical debate on idealism

Does Quantum Physics Make it Easier to Believe in God? by Stephen M. Barr (original post with comments)

Richard Conn Henry introduces quantum mechanics, and comments on Robert Lanza's Biocentrism, Alain Aspect's experiment , spookiness , Quantum Enigma , Arthur Stanley Eddington's book The Nature of the Physical World (first edition 1928), and wrote A clearer Light (published in a shorter version in Nature as The mental Universe) and The real scandal of quantum mechanics ; more philosophical texts : Darby’s Dream - review "The God Theory" by Bernard Haisch - A call for an open, informed study of all aspects of consciousness with about a hundred signers

Bernardo Kastrup's Metaphysical Speculations : while a bit far from physics, he expresses some metaphysics in pantheist terms.

Quantum Consciousness course at University of California, Berkeley

Idealism and the Quantum Mechanics J. N. Mohanty (History of Philosophy Quarterly, Oct., 1989)

Jean Staune : Towards non physical realism

Michael Prescott : summing up some ideas on quantum physics

Physics forums : Consciousness and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
Science and Philosophy Forums : Quantum Mechanics, consciousness, schools of interpretation

Wikipedia : von Neumann–Wigner interpretation - Quantum mind (this article has been longer in previous years, see its history ; has a big talk page) - Category : Quantum Mind - Quantum mind-body problem

Other sites with many links / works / references

Ian J. Thompson collected many links in the sites: New Dualism (with the case of quantum dualism) ; Generative Science.

Bob Doyle (bio), the information philosopher : years ago he claimed to promote the concept of libertarian free will and call for researchers to develop it ; but he turns out to be a sort of materialist (while senselessly labelling his position otherwise) and compatibilist (not determinist indeed but involving physical randomness, sorry I don't see what it brings to free will), promoting the spontaneous collapse interpretation he re-labelled "information interpretation" full of nonsense and pseudo-physics.

Bibliography: Consciousness and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics compiled by David Chalmers

Philpapers : Consciousness and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics - Quantum Mechanisms of Consciousness - Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics and many others

Dynamical Psychology Journal of Complex Mental Processes

Reality, Life, and Quantum Mechanics and Chemistry and Consciousness by Sadaputa Dasa = Richard Leslie Thompson.

On libertarian free will

Is Science Compatible with Our Desire for Freedom? 2010 Experts Meeting with diverse contributions

Antoine Suarez (other presentation), founding director of the Center for Quantum Philosophy in Zurich : Quantum randomness can be controlled by free will (2008) - video talk Does Free Will Require New Physics? - What Does Quantum Physics Have to Do with Free Will? (2013)

Does quantum physics end the free will debate? (See the reply by Robert Lipschitz !!!)
The free will problem
A Scientifically-Supportable Notion of Free Will In Only 6 Controversial Steps by Scott Aaronson (quantum computation theorist)
Indeterminsm Ltd
Precedence and freedom in quantum physics (Lee Smolin, May 2012)


The Conscious Mind and the Material World: On Psi, the Soul and the Self by Douglas M. Stokes
What Is Life? (1943) - Mind and matter (1956) by Erwin Schrödinger
Empirical idealism: A modern foundation for the science of the mind by Valerie T. Franks (philosophy work with references to Stapp and Penrose).

Quantum Questions: Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists

How the Self Controls Its Brain (1994), by Sir John Eccles (Australian neurophysiologist who won the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the synapse)

Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness

Quantum Physics of Consciousness (October 26, 2011) by many authors (unfortunately looks like a mere mess of diverse views and speculations...). Amazon.

The Mysterious Universe, Sir James Jeans, 1932

The Nature of the Physical World (first edition 1928), Arthur Stanley Eddington, available for free download

Time, causality and the quantum theory : Studies in the Philosophy of science (S. Mehlberg, 1980), presented the debate on idealism in quantum theory as something serious, even if the author does not subscribe to it.


Closer to Truth : many interviews of scientists and philosophers about fundamental questions. In particular :
but I did not see other interesting ones in Society for Scientific Exploration talks
Quantum Physics Debunks Materialism

More metaphysics

Seth's story of creation ; repeated in other words in another book, very interestingly compatible with my view on metaphysics and quantum physics.

Other interpretations involving consciousness

Pauli's ideas on mind and matter in the context of contemporary science ; other pages on Pauli

Jean E. Burns

Orchestrated objective reduction, ideas by physicist Roger Penrose and anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff
Dr. Fred Alan Wolf : a popular figure, not very serious
A quantum physical argument for panpsychism
Henry Stapp (with also his profile on the top of his site, here archived, otherwise down)
(see my comments about him there)

Donald D. Hoffman (cognitive scientist) with his answer to the 2005 Edge question "What Do You Believe Is True Even Though You Cannot Prove It?" : Consciousness is fundamental.

Marcus Arvan (tries to speculate on the role of consciousness for quantum physics, but he is only philosopher ignorant of physics)

Scaruffi : a list of theories of quantum consciousness - Thymos: Studies on Consciousness, Cognition and Life

A “Participatory Universe” of J. A. Wheeler as an Intentional Correlate of Embodied Subjects and an Example of Purposiveness in Physics - Does the Universe Exist if We're Not Looking?

Harald Atmanspacher at Collegium Helveticum, at IGPP (Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health), and president of the Society for Mind-Matter Research,wrote general reviews:
Quantum Approaches to Consciousness in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (reviewed here)
Quantum theory and consciousness: an overview with selected examples (2004)

The Mind-Matter Mapping Project : working group on causality-physics modeling

A view mixing ideas of hidden variables and consciousness:
Bernard d'Espagnat, "The Quantum Theory and Reality," ; Quantum weirdness: What we call 'reality' is just a state of mind

The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism by physicist Fritjof Capra

Hiroomi Umezawa had ideas related to quantum field theory

Alternative theories of quantum evolution (hypothesis that quantum effects can bias the process of mutation towards adaptive genetic variation)

Conferences : Quantum mind (2007, Salzburg) - Toward a Science of Consciousness (Tucson, Arizona)

Poets and Engineers : blog on scientific and philosophical subjects

The Society for Scientific Exploration

A position "somewhere in between" (?) M. Bitbol:
Consciousness, Situations, and the Measurement Problem of Quantum Mechanics
Is Consciousness primary? Michel Bitbol (2008)

Interpretations with consciousness in many-worlds

Many-minds interpretation:

Mikhail Borisovich Menskij wrote on an "Extended Everett's Concept" (which has important similarities with ideas of the Seth material, in particular Seth Speaks chapter 16) : articles in Russian ; in English:

Don N. Page

Experimental works

PK on random number generators
Association TransCommunication
Psi and the Problem of ConsciousnessWhat Can Consciousness Anomalies Tell Us about Quantum Mechanics? by George Williams

Pamela Heath: Mind-Matter Interaction: A Review of Historical Reports, Theory and Research (book to buy, 319 pages) (2011)

A Compendium of the Evidence for Psi and other links on psi research

Scientific Evidence for Psi Phenomena by Dean I. Radin
The Scientific Evidence for Psi at The Weiler Psi blog

Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (Scientific Study of Consciousness-Related Physical Phenomena) has closed.
Testing Free Will vs. Born's rule:
Helmut Schmidt : The Strange Properties of Psychokinesis - Collapse of the State Vector and Psychokinetic Effect - Comparison of a teleological model with a quantum collapse model of psi in the RetroPsychoKinesis Project
Consciousness and the double-slit interference pattern by Dean Radin, discussed here
The Global Consciousness Project
(Quantum Consciousness, research work on the brain, by Stuart Hameroff, I feel quite skeptical of)

Other evidences for the immateriality of consciousness

Some peer-reviewed scientific evidence of mediumship abilities
Why Neuroscience Points to a Soul
Is it scientific to deny near death experiences at
Has a near death experience converted any atheists?
An interesting testimony of mediumship (contact with the ghost of a dead child)
Scientific Evidence Supporting Near-Death Experiences and the Afterlife (Uh, I'm a bit ashamed of suggesting this list, because it is far from accurate: it contains quite a number of redudancies, exaggerations and flawed arguments. Its way of pretending to be stronger than it really is, does not support its credibility; however, some of its arguments are valid)
Horizon Research Foundation
International Association for Near-Death Studies
Near Death Experience Research Foundation
Afterlife research centre
'Afterlife' feels 'even more real than real,'
Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experience (review) - article: Doctor claims he has evidence of the afterlife
another article
Credible Near Death Experience Stories
Pim van Lommel's articles : Evidence for reincarnation (archived original version) by Steven Bancarz who became Christian since then
Reincarnation research
Top Five Phenomena That Offer Evidence For An Afterlife
The Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies (ASCSI) which had some more links
Piero Calvi-Parisetti wrote a book 21 Days into the Afterlife, hailed by Michael Prescott as “The best introduction I have seen to the survival hypothesis”. Open Sciences
Barber woke from coma speaking fluent French and thinking he was Matthew McConaughey
Playing chess with a ghost - video discussion

Diverse videos

Talks by Dean Radin: Science and the taboo of psi (at Google Tech) - Entangled Minds and Beyond
Consciousness Without Brain Activity: Near Death Experiences - Dr. Bruce Greyson
Rupert Sheldrake : The Extended Mind: Recent Experimental Evidence
Anthony Chene production
The Hard Problem of Consciousness Interview
Dr. Brian Weiss: Past-Life Skeptic to Past-Life Expert

Other links and references

An archived list of references
Subreddits NDE - Paranormal Encounters - Paranormal
List of prominent scientists who believed in some type of paranormal phenomenon

In French

Colloque international: Pour une approche quantique de la conscience (archive) (2013) - un article en français

Dr. Jean-Jacques Charbonier, docteur-anesthésiste, a une longue expérience professionnelle d'observations du coma et autres états, et conclut à la réalité de la conscience hors du fonctionnement cérébral.
une chaine youtube sur le paranormal
Retour sur dix années de recherche sur les sorties hors du corps
Enquêtes Extraordinaires Les Signes De L'au Delà
vidéo d'expérience avec des poussins (video of experiments with chicks) - thesis in French - archive of article in French - articles in English here and there. "Skeptic" criticism was criticized here and there. But another experiment on this gave negative results.
Olivier Emphoux : aux frontières de la mort et du paranormal
Pour une approche quantique de la conscience : introduction du colloque de mai 2013 par Jean Staune et Anne de Constantin
Des gens sortis du coma en parlant une autre langue
Les murs qui parlent

Skeptic references

One skeptic (not familiar with parapsychology) sent me this reference, assuming it to be the ultimate scientific conclusion I'd have to admit if I wish to be rational: Examining Psychokinesis: The Interaction of Human Intention With Random Number Generators—A Meta-Analysis (2006). I'd have just given it alone here but immediately then I stumbled on a reply: A Faulty PK Meta-Analysis
Hallucinatory Near-Death Experiences (link found there).
Other articles with my replies were moved to another page.

Related pages in this site

Specifications for a Mind Makes Collapse interpretation of quantum physics
A mind/mathematics dualistic foundation of physical reality
Introduction to quantum physics (notions of states and measurements)
Main page of arguments on quantum physics interpretations
Many Worlds
The de Broglie-Bohm interpretation
(I also have a page on metaphysics, strongly connected with this issue of interpreting quantum physics, though it may be not so clean, I will consider to revise it later.)