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Free Will and Consciousness in the Multiverse

Physics, Philosophy, and Quantum Decision Making

  • Christian D. Schade

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. SETTING THE STAGE FOR THE CLUSTERED-MINDS MULTIVERSE

  3. ANSWERS SUGGESTED BY THE CLUSTERED-MINDS MULTIVERSE FOR SELECTED QUESTIONS IN PHILOSOPHY

  4. QUANTUM DECISION MAKING IN THE MULTIVERSE AS VECTORIAL CHOICE: TOWARDS A TRANSFORMATION OF THE DECISION SCIENCES

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Christian D. Schade
      Pages 127-151
    3. Christian D. Schade
      Pages 153-172
    4. Christian D. Schade
      Pages 173-187
  5. CONSEQUENCES FOR SELECTED PSYCHOLOGICAL PHENOMENA AND EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Christian D. Schade
      Pages 191-202
  6. CONCLUSIONS AND GENERAL PERSPECTIVES

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 233-246

About this book

Introduction

It is hard to interpret quantum mechanics. The most surprising, but also most parsimonious, interpretation is the many-worlds, or quantum-multiverse interpretation, implying a permanent coexistence of parallel realities. Could this perhaps be the appropriate interpretation of quantum mechanics? This book collects evidence for this interpretation, both from physics and from other fields, and proposes a subjectivist version of it, the clustered-minds multiverse. The author explores its implications through the lens of decision making and derives consequences for free will and consciousness. For example, free will can be implemented in the form of vectorial choices, as introduced in the book. He furthermore derives consequences for research in the social sciences, especially in psychology and economics.

Keywords

Multiverse interpretation Free will and physics Many-worlds interpretation Measurement problem Quantum decision making Decision sciences Philosophy of mind Philosophy of physics Philosophy of science Everett interpretation Dualistic idealism

Authors and affiliations

  • Christian D. Schade
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Business and EconomicsHumboldt University of BerlinBerlinGermany

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