Foundations of Physics

, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp 599–605 | Cite as

Environment, consciousness, and quantum measurement

  • Donald Bedford
  • Derek Wang


It is shown that (a) the conscious observer plays no essential part in the measurement process, and (b) environmental perturbations of whatever kind fail to account for the evolution of systems into “mixtures” or “dynamically decoupled” systems.


Measurement Process Quantum Measurement Environmental Perturbation Conscious Observer 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald Bedford
    • 1
  • Derek Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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