Basil Blackwell Publishing
Mind, Brain and the Quantum presents a radically new approach to the mind-body problem, drawing together considerations from such diverse fields as the philosophy of mind, cognitive science, neuro-physiology, relativity and quantum mechanics. The existence of consciousness, Michael Lockwood argues, poses a challenge to the traditional view of matter, as do the paradoxes of quantum theory. If mind as revealed in introspection, and matter as manifested in observation and experiment, are to be seen as dual aspects of a unitary underlying reality, than a fundamental adjustment is called for in our understanding of mental and physical phenomena alike.
Michael Lockwood develops a theory that is rooted both in the latest thinking about the foundations of quantum mechanics and in some previously neglected ideas of Bertrand Russell. Its implications are far-reaching and startlingly at odds with the conventional way of looking at the world and that the place of mind within it.
Michael Lockwood is Staff Tutor in Philosophy in the Department for External Studies, Oxford University. He is co-editor (with Raymond Flood) of The Nature of Time (Blackwell, 1987).