DOI: 10.14704/nq.2018.16.6.1316

Consciousness is an Entity with Entangled States: Correlating the Measurement Problem with Non-Local Consciousness

Liang Shan


The difficulty in solving the measurement problem may derive from a lack of thorough understanding of the nature of consciousness. Recent findings from parapsychological research and confirmed reports of veridical perceptions during near death experiences (NDEs) show that consciousness can acquire non-local information and may act as an independent entity outside of the body. But how apparent nonlocal properties of consciousness correlate with the measurement problem is unclear. Starting from the assumption that discrete states of consciousness are entangled with corresponding superposed eigenstates of an observed system, the findings of the double-slit experiment and delayed-choice quantum eraser experiment are reanalyzed and the non-locality of consciousness entity is derived from first principles. I propose experimental designs aimed at testing non-local entanglement between multiple consciousness entities that may help explain anomalous phenomena including telepathy, the role of “which-path information” in a measurement, and the nature of consciousness in non-human animals. Finally, I discuss the origin of the perception of time and the relationship between time and consciousness.


consciousness, measurement problem, non-local, PSI, near death experience, entanglement

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Supporting Agencies

This work was supported in part by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China grant (2012CB825503, 2015CB351701, 2015CB856400), and the National Nature Science Foundation of China grant (31730039).

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