DOI: 10.14704/nq.2015.13.2.839

No-go Theorem for Stapp’s Quantum Zeno Model of Mind-Brain Interaction

Danko Georgiev

Abstract


I commence this work with a comprehensive outline of a recent no-go quantum informational theorem and discuss its implications for Stapp’s quantum mind model. Then I provide results from Monte Carlo simulations illustrating both quantum Zeno effect in the absence of environmental decoherence and the breakdown of quantum Zeno effect in the presence of environmental decoherence. Next, I answer various issues raised by Stapp in his reply to an earlier work of mine.

Keywords


decoherence; mind; quantum Zeno effect

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