Quantum Reality, LogicalMathematical Systems, and Consciousness 
Jagdish N. Srivastava
Department of Statistics
Colorado State University
Wednesday, 28 April 2004
3:10 PM
C144 Clark Building
ABSTRACT
Though the material in this paper spans five fields (Computer Science,
Mathematics, Physics, Philosophy, and Statistics), the talk will be
presented in a way that is accessible to all audiences. (The author is
willing to make more detailed and technical presentations at other times on
any topic covered in this talk.)
Science studies what is broadly called "Nature." The general topic of this
talk is the deeper Reality behind Nature. The philosopher Plato said that at
the deeper levels, all things (including all physical objects) exist only in
the realm of ideas. The author has a theory, denoted by TK, that agrees with
Plato and goes beyond, by asserting: (i) Axiom I: Nature consists of
logicalmathematical (logmat) systems only, and all logmat objects are a
part of Nature, and (ii) Axiom II: Consciousness of "animate" beings gives
them the experience of the physicality of some parts of Nature.
Axiom I has implications in the Foundations of Physics, and TK shall be
briefly compared and contrasted with the eight major existing theories that
are, in many ways, mutually inconsistent. It will be pointed out how, to a
certain extent, TK serves to partly explain and unify these theories, and
goes beyond them. It is argued, in agreement with Einstein and in
disagreement with Bohr, that the Foundations of Physics is not in
Probability Theory, and that the seeming randomness arises because of other
reasons. Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, dealing with the product of the
standard deviations of noncommuting variables, will be touched on.
"Consciousness" shall be defined in a precise sense in the context of
logmat systems, An animate entity is one that has the capacity to be
selfconscious. Using Goedeltype arguments, some theorems shall be
presented showing how Consciousness arises in logmat systems. We discuss
why an animate computer cannot be created.
It is argued that processes occurring in Nature are quite analogous to a
computer program, and that the quantum phenomena (such as the socalled "nonlocality") occur under a different paradigm than the ones conceived so
far.
(Refreshments will be served at 2:30 p.m. in Room 008 of the Statistics
Building)
