presents two lectures
on fundamental physics by
Professor Henry Stapp
Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory,
University of California
April 6th. and
7th. 2000 at 2.30 p.m.
Both talks will be given in the
Pippard Lecture Theatre of the Cavendish Laboratory, Madingley Road,
Cambridge. map (N.B.: the A604 is now the
Thursday Apr. 6th., 2000 at 2.30
"Signals, Influences, and Information: from Einstein
Nonlocality to von Neumann Reality"
Recent nonlocality results
support a new picture of reality built on the ideas of John von
Friday Apr. 7th.
, 2000 at 2.30 pm:
"Decoherence and Quantum Theory of Mind: Closing the
Gap between Being and Knowing."
Recent theoretical and
experimental papers support the prevailing opinion that large warm
systems will rapidly lose quantum coherence, and that classical
properties will emerge. This rapid loss of coherence would naturally
be expected to block any critical role for quantum theory in
explaining the interaction between our conscious experiences and the
physical activities of our brains. However, the quantum theory of
mind described here evades disruption by decoherence effects:
efficacy of mental effort is achieved by a Quantum Zeno Effect that
is not weakened by decoherence. The theory is based on a relativistic
version of von Neumann's quantum theory. This theory encompasses the
predictions of Copenhagen quantum theory and, in addition, forges
two-way dynamical links between the physical and experiential aspects
of nature. The theory has significant explanatory power.
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