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This Book Proposes A Quantum Physical Basis For Consciousness And Its Place In The Natural World, And Explores The Implications Of This Perspective For The Social Sciences Wendt S Argument Provides A Philosophical Basis For Human Agency Through Free Will, And For A Holistic Or Non Local Vision Of Social Life


5 thoughts on “Quantum Mind and Social Science

  1. Dick_Burkhart Dick_Burkhart says:

    This book asks What are the implications for philosophy if quantum coherence is the physical origin of all life, even of the collective consciousness of a nation Wendt says that most philosophy has assumed classical physics, not quantum physics, and that this assumption has always made the nature life and consciousness very mysterious and contentious He is clear that the physics underlying his hypothesis, though very suggestive, is still quite thin Yet, he says, even if quantum mind turns out to be metaphorical than physical, it still provides a far better way to resolve the apparent philosophical paradoxes of life and society than today s dominant theories And Wendt, a political scientist who took on philosophy from the outside, is very good at elucidating those paradoxes I only wish he had been better at elucidating the physical evidence for quantum coherence in biological systems But if, like me, you re not an academically trained philosopher, plan to do a lot of googling of words like ontology, epistemology, epiphenomenalism, supervenience, vitalism, reification, panpsychism, and the like, When I combined Wikipedia with the usage and partial explanations in the text, then it all made sense, at least to someone who has a strong academic and scientific bent I also googled some of the physics experiments, discovering, as I expected, that sometimes the interpretations were contentious But with the backing of luminaries like Roger Penrose, this is serious stuff The other good thing is that when philosophers and physicists do battle on the frontiers of knowledge, they know that they could be wrong and tend to be respectful of one another than do politicians In fact, they understand that proposal and criticism is a key part of the game With these caveats this book is an excellent introduction to modern philosophy, as well as the basic concepts of quantum mechanics without any math As to Wendt s field of professional expertise international relations , very little is said, but his ultimate goal is to meet the philosophical needs of social scientists For example, social scientists customarily use the intention of individuals or groups as an explanatory tool, assuming some version of free will and folk psychology So is this intention really just an illusion, being ultimately explainable by the forces of classical physics acting on molecules, or is it irreducible but emergent from the complexity of a large scale system, or does it have a reality based in quantum physics the entanglement of myriads of quantum waves which have somehow been combined in a coherent way to reach a human scale Backing up, what distinguishes life from inorganic matter Even biologists have great difficulty with this question because somebody can always point out an exception to every proposed rule But Penrose and Hameroff propose that the microtubules that provide the core structure of every cell are also the locus of the quantum coherence that literally animates the cell And social experiments demonstrate that quantum decision rules, using superposition of states, often describe actual human choices better than classical logic and probability Thus Wendt s critique of conventional philosophy provides a powerful impetus toward the development of a new, open minded paradigm of how to think about human society For example, it constitutes a direct assault on rational economic man and the micro economic foundations espoused by economists, giving strong backing to behavioral economics and emergent phenomena This kind of new thinking is especially needed in fields, like economics, which are influenced by powerful societal forces like politics, religion, or ideology.Later addition The book Life on the Edge by scientists McFadden and Al Khalili throws cold water on the quantum consciousness proposed by Penrose They suggest that brain waves are the medium of consciousness but that this is a macroscopic phenomenon According to these researchers, the latest studies in quantum biology only show quantum coherence at the microscopic level in very special situations, though still of great significance making photosynthesis in plants and respiration in animals much efficient, enabling an exquisite sense of smell, the detection of the inclination of the earth s magnetic field by some animals, etc Yet, as I pointed out above, quantum mind still has significant metaphorical value.


  2. Gregory Allen Romines Gregory Allen Romines says:

    Alexnder Wendt has written a book that is informative, insightful and expertly researched While the title references social science, you might well consider this book an overview of the recent research into the quantum basis of consciousness If you are interested in the implications of the Hammeroff Penrose Orch OR theory, this is a great place to start The author takes care to present various interpretations of consciousness theory both quantum and classical , and provides excellent historical context for these interpretations This book will allow you to become comfortable with the expanded world view that accompanies an understanding of the physical basis for consciousness without imposing unsupported speculation that often tries to drift into this picture.Bottom line, worth every penny of your money and every minute of your time Thank you, Mr Wendt for writing this book It s a gem.


  3. ryang ryang says:

    OMG, thank you Wendt for this awesome mind blowing kickass book This book hopefully will challenge and change how people think about social science I am not saying that Quantum theory has to be the only theory that is correct, but let s embrace the possibility that not everything and every model has to obey the classical laws of physics, and let s not marginalize those social scientists who already have been challenging those laws.


  4. axamaxa axamaxa says:

    This book is very thorough and excellently presented The organization of the information couldn t be better You will understand the subject perfectly after reading this It is also a very forward thinking subject that is unique and exciting.


  5. jpg jpg says:

    Most of all, this is a serious book written by a serious scholar The implications of his thesis are profound for any conventional view of the Social Sciences Perhaps only a thinker of such proven qualification could set forth so bold a vision in such a forceful and credible way Fortunately, it is also a book clearly written and accessible to a wide variety of readers Joseph P Garske