DOI: 10.14704/nq.2013.11.3.684

A Timeless and Spaceless Quantum Theory of Consciousness

Jianfeng Li


In this article, a timeless and spaceless theory of consciousness in terms of quantum entanglement is proposed. It is shown that time and consciousness can be spontaneously emerged and, thus, be defined by separating a subsystem from a much bigger quantum system. The mass and relative distances are recognized as functions of the entanglement entropies between separated systems and the classical background space can be restored in terms of these relative distances. We carefully examine the world with two coexisting consciousnesses. By equivalence principle of consciousness, the criterion of whether an entity is conscious or not is formulated implying that nowadays robots cannot be conscious. In addition, the relativity of intrinsic and extrinsic attributes of consciousness is discussed which might reveal the intricate connections between material and spiritual worlds at the deepest level. This relativity together with the new interpretation of mass further implies that consciousness has a negative mass, but this counterintuitive prediction needs to be verified by future experiments.

NeuroQuantology | September 2013 | Volume 11 | Issue 3 | Page 431-442


quantum entanglement; relative distance; timeless and spaceless; Leibnizian philosophy

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Author thanks NSFC (Grant No. 21104010) for financial support.

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