Is there conscious choice in directed mutation, phenocopies, and related phenomena? An answer based on quantum measurement theory

  • Amit Goswami
  • Dennis Todd


In a previous article (Goswami, 1997), it was suggested that an application of quantum measurement theory under the auspices of a monistic idealist ontology (that consciousness is the ground of being) can solve many difficult problems of neo-Darwinism, e.g., alternating rapid creativity and homeostasis observed in evolution and the directionality, origin, and nature of life. In this article, we propose an epigenetic quantum mechanism to explain the connection of developmental processes and evolution, as has been evidenced in such controversial phenomena as directed mutation and phenocopies. *** DIRECT SUPPORT *** A31BB026 00003


Quantum System Quantum Measurement Downward Causation Directed Mutation Coherent Superposition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amit Goswami
    • 1
  • Dennis Todd
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physics and the Institute of Theoretical ScienceUniversity of OregonEugene
  2. 2.Department of Biology and Honors CollegeUniversity of OregonEugene

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