Neuroscience, quantum indeterminism and the Cartesian soul

  title={Neuroscience, quantum indeterminism and the Cartesian soul},
  author={Peter G. H. Clarke},
  journal={Brain and Cognition},
  • P. Clarke
  • Published 1 February 2014
  • Biology
  • Brain and Cognition
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