DOI: 10.14704/nq.2006.4.4.112

Dynamics and Adaptation. Consciousness, Cognitive Science, and Quantum Mechanics

Jon R. Courtney


This article examines the status of some explanations of consciousness by comparing and evaluating viewpoints of psychology (e.g. cognition) and physics (e.g. quantum mechanics). It is suggested that the two approaches possess similarities on both a methodological and theoretical level and should benefit from mutual consideration. Attempts to extend and connect explanations of conscious behavior from quantum mechanics and cognition are offered though a phenomenological model. Additionally, the possibility that such phenomenology might someday in fact hold the answer to the “hard problem” of consciousness is also discussed.


cognition, consciousness, quantum mechanics, perceptual cycle, perceptual schema

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