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CONTRIBUTOR Christopher A. Fields

“If we do not understand the nature of our experience, it is surely presumptuous on our part to assume that we understand the individual causes of our experience. We do, however, assume this. The most glaring example of this assumption is in fundamental physics, i.e. in quantum theory. Here we assume that we can talk about a “quantum system” with which we interact by making measurements, and from which we extract information in the form of measurement outcomes. I believe that the theory of measurement in quantum theory is problematic – as it has been known to be since quantum theory was founded in the 1920s – because of this assumption that we know what “system” we are interacting with, and hence know what “system” is causing the measurement outcomes that we experience. The assumption of well-defined systems is deeply embedded in the mathematical formalism of quantum theory; my goal is to remove it while maintaining the ability to perform calculations using the quantum formalism.”

http://chrisfieldsresearch.com

Dr. Chris Fields is an independent scientist interested in both the physics and the cognitive neuroscience underlying the human perception of objects as spatially and temporally bounded entities. His particular interests include quantum information theory and quantum computing on the one hand, and creative problem solving, early childhood development and autism-spectrum conditions on the other. His recent papers have appeared in the International Journal of Theoretical Physics, Information, International Journal of General Systems, Advances in Cognitive Psychology, Frontiers in Perception Science and Medical Hypotheses among others. He is currently editing a Research Topic titled “How humans recognize objects: Segmentation, categorization and individual identification” for Frontiers in Perception Science.

Dr. Fields began his career as an experimental physicist, obtained his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science (University of Colorado, Boulder, 1985), and was an early developer of automated DNA sequence analysis tools and systems for the Human Genome Project. He has published over 130 refereed papers in nuclear physics, artificial intelligence, molecular biology and cognitive psychology. He holds U.S Patent # 5355435 (1994) for an integrated circuit chip that simulates a mammalian cortical neuron. Dr. Fields was the founding Scientific Director of the National Center for Genome Resources (Santa Fe, NM) and the founding Chief Scientific Officer of Molecular Informatics Inc.

Dr. Fields has also been a volunteer firefighter, a visual artist, and a travel writer. He currently divides his time between Santa Fe, NM and Caunes Minervois, a village in southwestern France.

LATEST DIALOGUES by Christopher A. Fields

What Does Quantum Theory Tell us About Free Will?

One often hears that quantum theory saves free will from classical Newtonian or even Darwinian determinism. Investigating such claims, however, quickly gets complicated. Pure “unitary” or “minimal” quantum theory postulates fully deterministic dynamics, but only probabilistic…

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Your Brain, Your Body, Your Meditation

by Alison Tinsley and Chris Fields A thought pops into your head. Where did it come from? Why did it arrive now? And most importantly, what are its consequences for you and what you’re doing? Everyone…

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Nikita Gill

Meditation: If You’re Doing It, You’re Doing It Right

An excerpt from the book “Meditation: If You’re Doing It, You’re Doing It Right: Conversations with Meditators“ by Alison Tinsley and Chris Fields “What is important is to see how the meditation unwinds moment to moment…

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Introduction to Meditation*

by Alison Tinsley and Chris Fields The Mayo Clinic website (July 9, 2014) suggests that, “If stress has you anxious, tense and worried, consider trying meditation.” The Huffington Post offers a “daily meditation” for us to…

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