The World Opacity and Knowledge

  • Giuseppe VitielloEmail author
Part of the Contemporary Systems Thinking book series (CST)


In a typical scattering process among elementary particles, observation is limited to the asymptotic regions, where ingoing particles and outgoing particles behave like free, non-interacting particles. The region of interaction is not accessible to our observations. These would be interfering with the phenomenon under study. The interaction region is thus an “opacity” region for us. Starting from such a remark, I then discuss the behavior of open systems and their interaction with the environment. The discussion is further extended to the brain functional activity and to the possibility to describe consciousness and mental activity as inseparably linked to neuronal activity.


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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Fisica “E.R.Caianiello”Università di Salerno and Istituto Nazionale di Fisica NucleareSalernoItaly

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