At Scientific American: Quantum theory does not require a conscious observer
|September 10, 2018||Posted by News under Cosmology, Intelligent Design, Mind, Philosophy, Physics, Science|
If nothing else, these experiments are showing that we cannot yet make any claims about the nature of reality, even if the claims are well-motivated mathematically or philosophically. And given that neuroscientists and philosophers of mind don’t agree on the nature of consciousness, claims that it collapses wave functions are premature at best and misleading and wrong at worst.Anil Ananthaswamy, “What Does Quantum Theory Actually Tell Us about Reality?” at Scientific American
One wants to ask, if we cannot make any claims about the nature of reality and there is no agreement about the nature of consciousness, how does Ananthaswamy know that claims about the role of consciousness are “premature,” “misleading,” or “wrong?” Hasn’t he ruled out any basis for such decisions?
See also: At Nature: For now, “uncertainty seems the wisest position” on the implications of quantum mechanics
Post-modern science: The illusion of consciousness sees through itself