"Consciousness and The 'New Physics'"

BTG Issue: 
March/April 1993 | Vol. 27 No. 2
"Many scientists refer to quantum mechanics as the new physics. They suggest that it conveys deep insights in to the nature of consciousness, insights that confirm the mystical teachings of yogis and herald a new age of enhanced awareness."

"Does quantum mechanics (or QM) truly reveal anything about consciousness and its role in nature? A close look at the theory shows that it doesn't. Attempt to analyze the role of 'the observer' in QM show that the theory is plagued with persistent conceptual problems. And when we try to bring consciousness into the picture, those problems simply get worse. To see why this is so, let's consider an idealized experiment, the simple 'delayed-choice split-beam experiment' proposed by physicist John Wheeler."

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