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Consciousness and the Laws of Physics

Carroll, S. (2021) Consciousness and the Laws of Physics. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 28 (9-10). pp. 16-31. ISSN 1355-8250.

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We have a much better understanding of the dynamics and ontology of physics than we do of consciousness. I consider ways in which intrinsically mental aspects of fundamental ontology might induce modifications of the known laws of physics, or whether they could be relevant to accounting for consciousness if no such modifications exist. I suggest that our current knowledge of physics should make us sceptical of hypothetical modifications of the known rules, and that without such modifications it's hard to imagine how intrinsically mental aspects could play a useful explanatory role.

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Additional Information:© 2021 Imprint Academic. Publication date: January 1, 2021.
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Issue or Number:9-10
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:07 Oct 2021 16:02
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