May 2, 2009
I would not have thought that Bishop Berkeley was perhaps one of the founding fathers of modern physics.
But we have to consider this: "In the present work, quantum theory is founded on the framework of consciousness, in contrast to earlier suggestions that consciousness might be understood starting from quantum theory. [..] Beginning from our postulated ontology that consciousness is primary and from the most elementary conscious contents, such as perception of periodic change and motion, quantum theory follows naturally as the description of the conscious experience."
Could the phenomenalism of e.g. Ernst Mach make a bit of a comeback after all?
I really like the phrase "in contrast to earlier suggestions", which sums up about 250 years of physics as "earlier suggestions". 8-)
In the appendix (section 10) a mathematical model of consciousness is presented, as a process which tries to find the solution to x² + 1 = 0 in the real numbers, which reminds me of The Confusions of Young Törless.