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By Henry P. Stapp

The classical mechanistic notion of nature that prevailed in technology throughout the eighteenth and 19th centuries used to be an basically senseless perception: the bodily defined points of nature have been asserted to be thoroughly made up our minds by means of past bodily defined features by myself, with our unsleeping stories coming into basically passively. in the course of the 20th century the classical options have been discovered to be insufficient. within the new idea, quantum mechanics, our wide awake reviews input into the dynamics in precise methods now not fastened via the bodily defined facets by myself. effects of this radical switch in our knowing of the relationship among brain and mind are defined. This moment version includes new chapters investigating the position of quantum phenomena within the challenge of unfastened will and within the placebo effect.

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Thus this switch from ‘being’ to ‘action’ allows – and according to orthodox quantum theory demands – a draconian shift in the very subject matter of physical theory, from an imagined universe consisting of causally self-sufficient mindless matter, to a universe populated by allowed possible physical actions and possible experienced feedbacks from such actions. A purported theory of matter alone is converted into a theory of the relationship between matter and mind. What is this momentous change introduced by Heisenberg?

Mental effort applied to a conscious intent increases the intensity of the experience. Thus it is consistent and reasonable to suppose that the rapidity of a succession of essentially identical process 1 actions can be increased by mental effort. But then we obtain, as a mathematical consequence of the basic dynamical laws of quantum mechanics described by von Neumann, a potentially powerful effect of mental effort on the brain of the agent! Applying mental effort increases the rapidity of the sequence of essentially identical intentional acts, which then causes the template for action to be held in place, which then produces the brain activity that tends to produce the intended feedback.

However, the probability distribution represented by this cloudlike form has the shape of a bell: it is largest at the base point, and falls off in a prescribed manner as the distance of the center point from the base point increases. If one were to put this state of lowest energy into a container, then squeeze it into a more narrow space, and then let it loose, the cloudlike form would explode outward, but then settle into an oscillating motion. Thus the cloudlike spatial structure behaves rather like a swarm of bees, such that the more they are squeezed in space the faster they 26 3 Actions, Knowledge, and Information move relative to their neighbors, and the faster the squeezed cloud will explode outward if the squeezing constraint is released.

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