A Monist View of Quantum Theory and Neuroscience

  • Alfredo Pereira Jr.Email author
Short Communication


In this commentary to Henry Stapp’s target paper, I defend a view alternative to both von Neumann’s methodological Dualism, and Stapp’s choice of Idealist metaphysics. I argue for a Monist metaphysical thesis, claiming that the observed physical systems and the observers who study them originate from a common “neutral” source (neither material nor mental). Scientifically, I argue for an epistemological view of the neurosciences in which the brain/mind system has a circular topology, affording conscious experiences. In this Monist view of the brain/mind, the decoherence process is not fully completed, as in the “mental collapse” view: there is a “recoherence” process in living tissue that generates conscious episodes experienced by the organisms.


Monist view Quantum theory Neuroscience Recoherence Neutral monism 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto de BiociênciasSão Paulo State University (UNESP)BotucatuBrazil

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