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The critique of quantum mind: measurement, consciousness, delayed choice, and lost coherence

 a, b, c, d
a Lomonosov Moscow State University, Vorobevy Gory, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation
b Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA
c National Research Centre ‘Kurchatov Institute’, pl. akad. Kurchatova 1, Moscow, 123182, Russian Federation
d International Center for Quantum Optics and Quantum Technologies (the Russian Quantum Center), ul. Novaya 100, Skolkovo, Moscow Region, 143025, Russian Federation

The formal logic of many celebrated paradoxes of quantum measurements does not rule out the effect of observer's mind on the outcome of a measurement and even on a prehistory of a quantum system. The modern methodology of quantum mechanics offers a consistent explanation of the role of observer's consciousness in physical measurements in universal terms of interaction of a quantum system with environment, loss of quantum coherence, and unitary evolution of the state vector. In this picture, observer's consciousness is no longer an agent that changes the prehistory of a quantum system, but is rather an object of physical study. Instruments and methods based on quantum physics open a new phase in such studies.

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Keywords: measurements in quantum mechanics, observer in quantum measurement, quantum decoherence
PACS: 03.65.Ta, 03.65.Yz, 03.67.−a (all)
DOI: 10.3367/UFNe.2017.06.038155
Citation: Zheltikov A M "The critique of quantum mind: measurement, consciousness, delayed choice, and lost coherence" Phys. Usp. 61 1016–1025 (2018)
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Received: 24th, April 2017, revised: 16th, June 2017, 21st, June 2017

Оригинал: Жёлтиков А М «Критика квантового разума: измерение, сознание, отложенный выбор и утраченная когерентность» УФН 188 1119–1128 (2018); DOI: 10.3367/UFNr.2017.06.038155

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