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Volume 2: Pages 385-400, 1989
The Idealistic Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
Department of Physics and the Institute of Theoretical Science, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97405 U.S.A.
A paradox‐free interpretation of quantum mechanics is given using the philosophy of monistic idealism. This idealistic interpretation is developed as an ontological extension of the Copenhagen interpretation, and it is shown to correct the dualistic errors made by Wigner and others who have tried to invoke consciousness in quantum measurement theory. I also compare the idealistic interpretation with such realistic alternatives as the hidden‐variables theory or the many‐worlds hypothesis that are closest to the present idea in spirit. The new interpretation leads to a new way of thinking about the mind‐brain and our self‐reference problems.
Keywords: interpretation of quantum mechanics, quantum measurement theory, quantum paradoxes
Received: January 3, 1989; Final version received: December 15, 2008