Mensky, Ph.D. and D.Sc., is Principal Researcher in Theoretical Department of P. N. Lebedev Institute, has served as Vice-Dean of Higher College for Mathematical Physics in Independent University of Moscow, is a member of American Mathematical Society, has the title of Knight of Humane Pedagogy in International Center of Humane Pedagogy. Scientific interests: quantum theory of measurements, quantum field theory and quantum gravity, quantum theory of consciousness. He is the author of the following monographs: Consciousness and Quantum Mechanics (2010), Human and Quantum World (2005), Quantum Measurements and Decoherence (2000), Continuous Quantum Measurements and Path Integrals (1993), Path Group: Measurements, Fields, Particles (1983), Method of Induced representations: Space-time and Conception of Particles (1976).
About Subjectivity and Reality: Comments on the letter of Ping Sun and Ravi Prakash “Revisiting the Concepts of Subjectivity and Reality in Many-Worlds View of Consciousness and Super-Consciousness”
Michael B. Mensky
The issues of subjectivity and reality are difficult for analyzing them, but they are extremely interesting and are actively debated in psychology and philosophy. The emergence of quantum mechanics significantly influenced the nature of the debate on these issues. In recent decades many authors apply the Everett’s (“many-worlds”) interpretation of quantum mechanics in this context. I attempted to approach these problems by rewording of the Everett’s concept as coexistence of different “classical realities” which are separated from each other in consciousness (instead of the usual formulation that different “Everett’s worlds” coexist, with a twin of each observer in each Everett’s world). In this formulation it is natural to assume that the separation of alternative classical realities is just what we call consciousness. The direct consequence of this assumption is that turning off consciousness or its weakening stops separation and opens access to all or many alternative classical realities. New abilities arising in this state were called super-consciousness. These abilities include super-intuition (obtaining knowledge from "nowhere") and control of “subjectively perceived reality”. The resulting theory was called Extended Everett Concept (EEC).