Paavo Pylkkänen

"Paavo Pylkkänen (born 1959) is a Finnish philosopher of mind. He is associate professor in philosophy at Skövde University College and university lecturer in theoretical philosophy at the University of Helsinki. He is particularly known for his work on mind-body-studies, building on David Bohm's interpretation of quantum mechanics, in particular Bohm's view of the cosmos as an enfolding and unfolding whole including mind and matter." -- Wikipedia

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There is a list of Pylkkänen's publications available, from which we will highlight the following book:

Mind, Matter, and the Implicate Order goes into great depth about Bohm's theories and is recommended reading for the further understanding some aspects of Bohm's work. The following synoposis of the book is from the publisher:

Quantum theory predicts experimental results brilliantly but simultaneously raises difficult conceptual issues. Paradoxes such as Schrödinger’s cat, the EPR paradox, or the nonlocality demanded by Bell’s inequalities have hampered philosophers in their attempts to include quantum theory when discussing the relation between mind and matter. Pylkkänen proposes that Bohm’s alternative interpretation of quantum theory resolves these paradoxes and thus enables one to base new philosophical theories upon quantum physics. He uses Bohm’s concepts of "implicate order", "active information" and "soma-significance" as tools to tackle several well-known problems in the philosophy of mind. These include mental causation, the hard problem of consciousness, time consciousness, and virtual reality. Pylkkänen’s eclectic approach combines new physics-based insights with those of analytical philosophy, phenomenology, cognitive science and neuroscience and he proposes a view in which the mechanistic framework of classical physics and neuroscience is complemented by a more holistic underlying framework in which conscious experience finds its place more naturally.