Dualistic Idealism: No Supervenience of Consciousness on the Physical
The novel multiverse interpretation proposed in chapter 4, the clustered-minds multiverse, has consequences for various discussions in philosophy. Some consequences will be explored in chaps. 5, 6 and 7 (constituting Part II of this book). One of the old as well as contemporary controversies in philosophy circles around the mind-body problem, being at the core of chap. 5. The clustered-minds multiverse suggests a dualistic view where consciousness and the physical (i.e., the wave function) should be described as different realms. However, consciousness is seen as the starting point of decoherence (according to chap. 2) – consciousness is ‘dominant.’ Thus, dualistic idealism is the most appropriate term for the mind-body concept of the clustered-minds multiverse. The answer to the question whether, in narrow terms, consciousness has an impact on the physical finally depends on whether a closed-system or an open-system perspective is taken on the universe or what will be defined as ‘physical.’ This issue is addressed in a box. In another box, the question is answered whether (weak) psychophysical parallelism would be an appropriate label for the consequences of the clustered-minds multiverse for the mind-body problem, too.