Mari Jibu and Kunio Yasue present "a theoretical framework, called quantum brain dynamics, to investigate consciousness scientifically in light of the first principles of physics, that is, the most fundamental laws of quantum field theory. This framework is based on the original physical theory of memory and brain functioning found in the quantum field theory developed by Ricciardi and Umezawa in the 1960s".
Here is a telling paragraph: "What is consciousness? What is mind? Of course, we are not going to delve deeply into philosophical and epistemological considerations on consciousness. Rather, we are going to reveal what kind of physical phenomena might be identified with the fundamental process of consciousness from the purely physical point of view of quantum brain dynamics. The QBD system is nothing but water extending across and penetrating the whole assembly of brain cells and interacting with the electromagnetic field inside the cranium".
If we work up a competent knowledge of the physics and electrical engineering of our TV sets, that knowledge will not help us to decide how far to trust "the person talking on the screen". Jibu and Yasue's book is a competent history of theoretical physics. But what does that have to do with consciousness?
Quantum Brain Dynamics and Consciousness: An Introduction
Author - Mari Jibu and Kunio Yasue
ISBN - 90 2 5123 1
Publisher - John Benjamins
Price - $29.95
Pages - 242