Thought and quantum.

Jhonaski Rivera Rondón


Philosophy as a source from which the sciences of the spirit and natural sciences emanated make such a dichotomy return to a meeting point before the interpretative impossibility posed by the new discoveries of quantum physics, in turn, in a derivative and complementary way, the problems that arise in the 21st century with our constant relationship with electronic media and digital realities, make hyper studies specialized in unsatisfactory interpretations before a world where tangible and intangible elements converge, with this panorama the reductionist rationalization of scientific discourse expires, which led to an explanatory edge in different plots of studies, which, in certain cases, has resorted to a look from different angles to account for the apparent novelty of the problem. At the same time, it seems unavoidable to raise the link between physics and metaphysics, a neglected link to the obsession that was created towards the phenomenon, but when studying man in relation to his environment, it is necessary to take into account the link above to avoid evading the complexities posed by mind and matter.


In this way, the work of Alastair Beattie proposes an aesthetic approach that manages to cover the diversity of elements that have been deployed based on the scientific contributions that have been given in different knowledge disciplines, consequently, the need for a perspective that observes to the phenomenon as a whole of those noumenales aspects that are still indecipherable in certain studies, make the author address the problems related to the dynamics between the mind and matter, which can manifest itself in different dimensional levels, that is, that within the muddy study From the world of mind in this work we see how science, history, psychoanalysis, art and philosophy converge in the search for an integrative response.


Mind and matear is a set of essays and conferences that were made in different parts of the planet (Australia, United States, Greece, England, Italy and Mexico) in the late nineties, the author delves into the epistemological implications that the problem of the relationship between mind and matter, which from the first chapter , problematizes a series of questions that, with the progressive reading, concatenates the apparent isolated parts that it touches in each chapter. The breadth of aspects that are addressed in this work leads to a slow assimilation, but that with the continuation of the analysis, we find a puzzle that, after finishing the work, leads you to assemble another of greater density, something that thanks the novel reader having not left his curiosity at the mercy of intellectual orphanhood.


The present work is composed of eleven chapters and an appendix which refer: firstly, in a proposition of the physical and metaphysical states, the author presents an aesthetic approach where he intends to find meeting points between metaphysics and physics, therefore , a brief tour is made through Greek philosophy to the quantum theory of the » super thread » where the author highlights the aspects that are part of the cognitive processes of man, which allows us to observe the importance of the implications in the checks of quantum physics and neurobiology with respect to the problem of mind and matter, so Alastair Beattie highlights the necessary convergence of «the reality of idealistic physicists and philosophers» in the study of the mental world; The next chapter, The emergence of the tangible mind , is problematized perception and its implications, where the processes of information transfer constitute an approach to the tension between ideas and phenomena, so the mind-matter dichotomy is established where it is explained how these processes are expressed and, nevertheless, the work does not fail to highlight the empty points to which the scientific reasoning leads, so that the author using philosophical and psychoanalytic approaches allows a tentative satisfactory resolution to the processes in those that the mind is involved; In the third chapter : The fall of Cartesian dualism and the development of materialistic monism in the contemporary mind, part of the Cartesian duality is extensive and res cogitans that, when being briefly rebuilt certain debates regarding the relation of mind and matter, (passes by Parmenides and Heraclitus, Plato and Aristotle until well into the twentieth century) Alastair Beatti points out the repercussions of the survival of the perspective held from the posture of extensive beef in the perspectives that somehow touch the matter of mind and matter; Chapter Four, The pruning of the epistemological tree, by means of the tree metaphor, the author analyzes the paths of knowledge that allowed to reach and cut off the ramifications of knowledge a priori , knowledge that is an integral part in the analysis of the world of mind.   


The fifth ( On the differentiation of terms in consideration of mind and conscience ) and the sixth chapter ( Towards an aesthetic definition of the concept conscience ) are part of the same interest, make a conceptual precision with respect to the terms addressed, first, the concepts of mind and matter framed in two opposing paradigms, nominalism and realism are specified, then the concept of consciousness passes under the prism of the two mentioned paradigms, where the aspects contained in the nominalist paradigm that skew the mind relationship are detailed and matter, and the qualities of consciousness in this process; Chapter Seven: The aesthetic approach to the emergence of the virtual mind from the physical brain, with the definition of virtual mind describes its dynamics in its full composition of tangible and intangible elements, in which the role played by the brain in front of the mind, and the complexity of the latter in the causal explanations of such «phantom actions»; successively in The concept of the common mind in British idealists is the revision of certain concepts of certain classical authors – such as Bossaquet’s «will» – in relation to the processes where mind, consciousness and matter interact; Chapter Nine, Human Consciousness and Not Physical Locality, attempts to unravel the ubiquitous character of mental reality; the penultimate chapter, Perception and quantum non-locality , continues with the interrelation of philosophy and quantum questions, in which there is a potential reality which is not perceptible, but which allows the relationship between mind and matter to be explained; Finally, in The creation of non-local potential, the synchronous aspects that can be established from non-mechanical, non-localized causalities are highlighted, which allows us to understand the functions that mental reality has on the subject. The work closes with an appendix which suggests a set of aspects that each chapter leaves open to deepen.


Mind and matter despite the time that has elapsed so far, with all the scientific advances that may have renewed the present perspectives on the mental world, Alastair Beattie allows us to understand the importance of metaphor as an explanatory bridge that allows us to intertwine abstract processes with lived experiences, a resource that can be used by any science that reaches a point of opacity that leads to the risk of gross solipsism. On the other hand, the consideration of those subjective aspects as conditioning elements of observation in all areas of life, affecting the same «hard» sciences, leading to the acceptance of a subjectivity in all experimental recreation where the variable of Observer eye is an element to take into account when the reduction of homogeneity wants to impose misrepresented truths. In addition, the author opens a mental world that goes beyond the association of mind-brain, this mental world leads us to consider a deeper and more complex panorama where the individual seems to dissolve before forces that are still unknown.





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