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Quantum information and consciousness : a gentle introduction

Author: Danko D Georgiev
Publisher: Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, [2018] ©2018
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Georgiev, Danko D.
Quantum information and consciousness.
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, [2018]
(DLC) 2017035467
(OCoLC)1003273264
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Danko D Georgiev
ISBN: 9780203732519 0203732510 9781351401784 1351401785
OCLC Number: 1014328940
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 344 pages) : illustrations
Contents: ForewordPrefaceAbout the AuthorIntroductionThe main problems of consciousnessThe physical boundary problem The binding problem The causal potency problem The free will problem The inner privacy problem The mind-brain relationship The hard problem Some background for beginners The scientific conception of the world Subjective and objective knowledge Science and scientific theories Logical consistency Communicability Explanatory power Empirical corroboration Axioms of logic Rules of inference Axioms of natural science The world of classical physics Matter Determinism Observability Real numbers Functions Derivatives Vectors Integrals Sets Classical probability theory Particle and field fluxes Axioms of classical mechanics Solving Hamilton's equations Classical electrodynamics Vector operators Maxwell's equations Light Special relativity Classical information The world of quantum physics Complex numbers Wave functions Vector spaces Inner product spaces Metric Hilbert space Bra-ket notation Matrix multiplication Operators Orthonormal basis Quantum wave function representations Two-level quantum systems Three-level quantum systems Tensor products Axioms of quantum mechanics Quantum superpositions Quantum entanglement Density matrices Solving the Schroedinger equationQuantum information A quantum information theory of consciousness Consciousness in classical physics Physical boundary of consciousness in classical physics Binding of consciousness in classical physics Neural convergence Neural assembly Neural synchrony Integrated information EEG waves Causal potency of consciousness in classical physics Classical functionalism implies epiphenomenalism Classical reductionism implies trivial immortality Free will in classical physics Debunking compatibilism Determinism implies moral nonresponsibility Instability and chaos cannot rescue free will Belief in free will and human conduct Inner privacy of consciousness in classical physics Mind-brain relationship in classical physics Idealism Eliminativism Functionalism Reductionism Dualism Panpsychism The hard problem of consciousness in classical physics Consciousness in quantum physics Axioms of quantum information theory of consciousness Physical boundary of consciousness in quantum physics Binding of consciousness in quantum physics Causal potency of consciousness in quantum physics On the nature of quantum states Quantum indeterminism avoids epiphenomenalism Free will in quantum physics Actualization of possibilities and choice making Free will versus superdeterminism Where does the free will come from? Schroedinger's cat and objective reductionDebunking free will skepticism Quantum existentialism Inner privacy of consciousness in quantum physics Observability and unobservability Quantum purity Quantum entropy Quantum coherence Communicability and incommunicability Quantum support of classical information Quantum versus classical computation Mind-brain relationship in quantum physics Quantum interactionism Quantum panpsychism Comparison with other quantum theories of mind Intertwining consciousness and quantum mechanics The hard problem of consciousness in quantum physics Towards a quantum neuroscience Protein engines of life Neuronal ion channels and electric excitability Dynamic timescale of individual conscious steps Conscious perception of time and time agnosia Reaction times and inner monologue Quantum tunneling in synaptic communication SNARE proteins and synaptic vesicle exocytosis Protein -helix structure and conformational distortionsQuantum tunneling through rectangular potential barrier SNARE proteins and volatile anesthesia Comparison with interactionism proposed by John Eccles Memory storage and retrieval Research programs and conscious experiences Verificationism and falsificationism Theory-laden observations and shared knowledge Bayesian inference and assessment of theories Comparison of scientific research programs Conscious experiences and protocol sentences Testing the quantum information theory of consciousness Tests for logical consistency Tests for empirical adequacy Tests for empirical corroboration Tests for explanatory power Bibliography Glossary Index
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