Could quantum mechanics save the soul? In the light of 20th century physics, is free will plausible?
Such as been the hope of some philosophers, scientists (and pretenders to those titles) – but neuroscientist Peter Clarke argues that it’s just not happening, in an interesting new paper: Neuroscience, quantum indeterminism and the Cartesian soul
In my post the other day about the mind being completely contained in the brain, I briefly mentioned why quantum effects were probably not significant in mental processing. Well, this post by the Neuroskeptic discusses a paper that apparently goes into the gory details that squash this idea.
As I mentioned the other day, if quantum uncertainty were significant in synapses, it would also be significant for transistors in modern computer chips that are now getting down to the same size scales, which if true, wouldn’t function properly.
- The Reference Frame: For uncertainty principle, against philosophy (thepersonaljournalist.wordpress.com)
- 26 Nov 2013 Tuesday Threes (neurocultureblog.wordpress.com)
- 2013-12-13 Spike activity (mindhacks.com)
- The Hand-Waver’s Guide to The Brain (jfnet.wordpress.com)
- For uncertainty principle, against philosophy (motls.blogspot.com)