Quantum Mechanics & the Brain, and some of its Consequences


  • Acacio de Barros San Francisco State University
  • Gary Oas Stanford Univesity


Quantum mechanics, Consciousness, Mind, Von Neumann


In this paper we examine the consequences of von Neumann's interpretation of quantum mechanics in the context of an insect conditioning experiment. We argue that either the insect has a mind (consciousness?), therefore collapsing the wave function, or it does not, therefore reacting to superpositions in a different way. Thus, a device to condition insects could be used to test von Neumann's interpretation, if insects are not conscious. If, on the other hand, insects possess a mind, such experiment would open up the possibility of using insect experiments to test Stapp's theory of mind-matter interaction.




How to Cite

de Barros, A., & Oas, G. (2015). Quantum Mechanics & the Brain, and some of its Consequences. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 11(2), 146–153. Retrieved from https://cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/article/view/507