"Consciousness and the Collapse of the Wave Function": Presentations

"Consciousness and the Collapse of the Wave Function": Presentations

Our article "Consciousness and the Collapse of the Wave Function", by David Chalmers and Kelvin McQueen, is due to be published in the volume Quantum Mechanics and Consciousness, edited by Shan Gao, forthcoming from Oxford University Press most likely in 2020. We presented versions of this work starting in August 2013 and circulated slides for these presentations. These versions have been widely cited and differ from the final version, so we have included here some links to the older presentations.


Video presentations:


The slides were made available online and widely circulated. A text was not widely circulated until 2019 (aside from McQueen's brief popular piece in Philosophy Now), mainly because we did not have a good enough answer to the problem arising from the Quantum Zeno Effect. Eventually we wrote a separate paper on the Zeno problem ("Zeno Goes to Copenhagen") and we developed a speculative solution to the problem (one in terms of ongoing collapse by localization of m-properties, an idea briefly entertained at the end of the original presentation in 2013) in the final version of "Consciousness and the Collapse of the Wave Function".