DOI: 10.14704/nq.2016.14.3.885

Concentric and Diametric Spatial Structures of Relation: Exploring a Neutral Bridge Language between Quantum Physics and Neuropsychology

Paul Downes


Pauli (1949) postulated a neutral bridge language between the physical and psychological world but left this idea underdeveloped. This article proposes a candidate neutral bridge language between quantum physics and neuropsychology in terms of specific contrasting spaces, concentric and diametric spaces. Concentric and diametric spaces are explored in terms of symmetry, assumed connection and separation, as well as relatively open and closed systems of foreground-background interaction. Structural commonalities are highlighted between these concentric and diametric spaces and aspects of quantum physics, such as Pauli’s Exclusion Principle and antiparticles, as well as in neuropsychology, for mirror neurons. Such structural commonalities are not to reduce this proposed spatial-phenomenological bridge language to either the quantum physical or neuropsychological level.


concentric space; diametric space; symmetry; quantum physics; Pauli exclusion principle; antiparticle; mirror neurons

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