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Event ontology in quantum mechanics and downward causation

@article{Gambini2016EventOI,
  title={Event ontology in quantum mechanics and downward causation},
  author={Rodolfo Gambini and Jorge Pullin},
  journal={arXiv: Quantum Physics},
  year={2016}
}
We show that several interpretations of quantum mechanics admit an ontology of objects and events. This ontology reduces the breach between mind and matter. When humans act, their actions do not appear explainable in mechanical terms but through mental activity: motives, desires or needs that propel them to action. These are examples of what in the last few decades have come to be called "downward causation". Basically, downward causation is present when the disposition of the whole to behave… Expand
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