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Making Sense of the Mental Universe
Making Sense of the Mental Universe

Author(s): Bernardo Kastrup
Subject(s): Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, Ontology
Published by: Международное философско-космологическое общество
Keywords: quantum mechanics;relational interpretation;metaphysics;ontology;idealism;mental universe;

Summary/Abstract: In 2005, an essay was published in Nature asserting that the universe is mental and that we must abandon our tendency to conceptualize observations as things. Since then, experiments have confirmed that — as predicted by quantum mechanics — reality is contextual, which contradicts at least intuitive formulations of realism and corroborates the hypothesis of a mental universe. Yet, to give this hypothesis a coherent rendering, one must explain how a mental universe can — at least in principle — accommodate (a) our experience of ourselves as distinct individual minds sharing a world beyond the control of our volition; and (b) the empirical fact that this world is contextual despite being seemingly shared. By combining a modern formulation of the ontology of idealism with the relational interpretation of quantum mechanics, the present paper attempts to provide a viable explanatory framework for both points. In the process of doing so, the paper also addresses key philosophical qualms of the relational interpretation.

  • Issue Year: 19/2017
  • Issue No: 19
  • Page Range: 33-49
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English