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Reality and Consciousness: The Metabrain and the Quantum

By Thomas G Schumann

2013 | The Round Thing
Copy Available: Yes

Language: English
Edition: 1


Table of Contents
Preface

Chapter 1: Philosophy of Materialism and Mentalism
A comparison of matter in space and time and sensations in the mind; which is the ultimate reality? Does the world exist independently or is it dependent on being observed?

Chapter 2: Relativity: The Special Theory
The dependence of space and time intervals on the observer. Simultaneity at a distance is meaningless. The live-dead grandmother. Nerve impulses in the brain as sensations and as electrical signals. Energy and mass. Production of new particles by two original particles from relative motion.

Chapter 3: Gravitation and Acceleration
Einstein’s equivalence principle. Distortions of space and time from acceleration of observer or from gravitation. Mach’s principle - mass of objects produced by past interaction with surrounding universe. Production of particles by gravity or acceleration of observer and during early expansion of universe.

Chapter 4: Black holes and the Development of the Universe
Development of black holes. Lack of communication between inside of black hole and the outside world. Expansion of the universe; evolution of galaxies, stars, planets, organic matter and life.

Chapter 5: Order and Information
Order and information. Increase in disorder. Information processing; the lack of meaning of information without a processor or decoder. Information and genetics. Computers. The brain as computer.

Chapter 6: The Brain and the Mind
Nerve impulses, pathways and synapses. Learning, coding and decoding. Consciousness and new pathways for nerve impulses. Meaning of identity of physical particles; meaning of identity for personal consciousness. Inherent multiplicity of consciousness. Split brain experiments - real and imaginary. Compound brains and compound particles. Ambiguity in counting brains, consciousnesses and particles.

Chapter 7: Minds and Predictability
Limitations on predictability. Impossibility of separation of our brain from the observed outside world. Newcomb’s paradox. Measurements and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. The double slit experiment. Probability. Quantum states. Interpretations of quantum theory; consciousness and quantum theory. The Von Neumann chain. Separated measurements and observers.

Chapter 8: A Fictional Diversion
A lighthearted story designed to accustom the reader to ideas presented in other chapters.

Chapter 9: Quantum Theory
The Schroedinger cat paradox. Spin and spin directions. Collapse of the wave function by observation. When did the history of the universe become real? Correlations and the Einstein, Podolsky, Rosen Paradox. Quantum Statistics

Chapter 10: Forces and Interactions
Emission, absorption and exchange of particles. The electromagnetic, weak (electro-weak), strong and gravitational interactions. The anthropic principle: is the universe made in just such a way so that conscious beings like ourselves must exist?

Chapter 11: The Ancient Problem
Comparisons of one observer with another. The relationship of matter and consciousness - is it even closer than we think? Are matter and conscious sensations two aspects of the same thing? Solipsism and other conscious beings. Tolerance and a parable.

Chapter 12: The Meta-Brain
The brain in the vat. The meta-brain. Reduction to naive classical theory. Quantum paradoxes and the meta-brain. Probability, phase and hidden variables. Toy model for quantum theory and the meta-brain. Comparison with the Many Worlds Model. The vacuum. Conclusion.

Chapter 13: Summary and Final Arguments
Summary of arguments for model of metabrain and its correlated streams of consciousness.

Bibliography: Literature Cited and Further Reading.


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