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A article analyzes the philosophical implications of the relationship between quantum mechanics and the mind-brain problem.

Javier Sánchez Cañizares, researcher of group 'Mind-brain' of the ICS, is the author of this work which has been published in the scientific journal NeuroQuantology.

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16/06/14 12:56 Isabel Solana

Javier Sánchez Cañizares, researcher del group Mind-Brain of the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) of the University of Navarra, has published the article 'The Mind-Brain Problem and the Measurement Paradox of Quantum Mechanics: Should We Disentagle Them?' in the scientific journal NeuroQuantology.

As the author explains in the abstract, advances in the field of neuroscience have led to an interest in understanding the relationship between mind and brain. Quantum mechanics has been present in this discussion through the so-called 'measurement problem', which rejects a deterministic view of nature and, in particular, of the brain.

The work presents some quantum mechanical models that show a particular view on the relationship between the physical activity of neurons and consciousness, reviews the main criticisms of the relevance of quantum mechanics to the brain, and highlights the philosophical reasons why the mind-brain problem and the 'measurement problem' should not be separated.

NeuroQuantology, an interdisciplinary journal

"Quantum models that refer to the conscious brain highlight practically unanimously that the 'measurement problem' in quantum mechanics is closely linked to the hard core of the problem of consciousness. It is highly unlikely that we will solve one without solving the other," concludes Professor Sánchez Cañizares.

NeuroQuantology is an interdisciplinary journal addressing issues in neuroscience, psychology, Philosophy and physics. It is indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded and appears in the 'Neuroscience' category of Journal Citation Reports.

Javier Sánchez Cañizares, PhD in Physics and Theology, is researcher of group 'Mente-cerebro' of the ICS and member of the group of research 'Science, Reason and Faith' (CRYF).. He also belongs to the international group of research in Moral Theology Hypsosis. He serves as director attachment of the scientific journal Scientia et Fides.

The group 'Mente-cerebro' of the ICS receives financing from the Obra Social "La Caixa"..