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[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / A. Mind-Body Dualism / 2. Interactionism]

Full Idea

The only form of interactionist dualism that has seemed even remotely tenable in the contemporary picture is one that exploits certain properties of quantum mechanics.

Gist of Idea

Maybe dualist interaction is possible at the quantum level?


David J.Chalmers (The Conscious Mind [1996], 2.4.4)

Book Reference

Chalmers,David J.: 'The Conscious Mind' [OUP 1997], p.156

A Reaction

I think he is bluffing. No doubt quantum mechanics offers many intriguing possibilities, such as the interaction of many worlds within the mind, but I am not aware that anything non-physical is ever postulated. Physicists don't deal in the non-physical.