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DOI: 10.14704/nq.2013.11.1.635

Everett Interpretation and Quantum Concept of Consciousness

Michael B. Mensky


Subjective aspects of quantum mechanics (QM) are most radically expressed in the Everett's interpretation (EI) of QM which suggests coexisting macroscopically distinct configurations of the world in the form of a superposition of the (quasi-)classical state vectors. The components of such a superposition are often verbally denoted as "Everett's worlds", hence the name "Many-Worlds Interpretation" (MWI) for EI. Explicit accounting the correlation of each classical configuration of the world with the corresponding state of an observer's mind yields the so-called "Many-Minds interpretation" (MMI). This is maximum that may be done in the context of EI if the restriction by pure physics is implied. In the author's "Extended Everett Concept" (EEC) the observer's consciousness is defined in the spirit of psycho-physical parallelism, i.e. as going beyond pure physics. As a consequence, according to EEC, an observer, if he/she weakens or turns off his/her consciousness (perception), obtains the ability of super-intuition (obtaining seemingly unavailable information) and even of controlling the subjective reality (a picture of classical reality as it will be subjectively perceived). This may be interpreted as a realization of the Jung's "collective unconscious" as well as an explanation of the mystical elements in Oriental philosophies, world religions and deep psychological practices.


Everett's interpretation; quantum concept of consciousness; psycho-physical parallelism

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