DOI: 10.14704/nq.2016.14.3.916

Self, Time, and Reality in Quantum Stream of Consciousness

Sergey Yurchenko


The aim of this paper is to propose a model that can be compatible with philosophy of mind, psychology, neuroscience, and physics (with its regard to time and consciousness). It is mostly a structural-dynamical approach to consciousness by analogy with a causal approach in Relativity. Consciousness is studied in dynamics over time as a stream St that alternates instant mental acts and temporal quanta. Being a cause-like chain, St generates a trichotomy of personality P: self-alienability (SA), self-inadequacy (SI), and self-completeness (SC) between the past-present-future. Descartes’ cogito is none other than a mental act of SA. In fact, the cogito can be obtained by consciousness by collapsing the brain’s superposition over time through SA and SI mechanisms. The latter can also provide us with the mechanisms of the altered states and neuro-mental disorder such as hallucination, hypnosis, schizophrenia and so. While St is open from above, its lower boundary reposes on its first mental act as the unconscious Jungian Self. The model endows the thermodynamic and causal arrow of time with anthropic one.


Stream of consciousness; time; quantum stream; cause-like chain; brain superposition

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