348 pages | 134 B/W Illus.
Conscious Action Theory provides a logical unification between the spirit and the material, by identifying reality as an event that processes personal experiences into explanatory memories, from which personal experiences are regenerated in a never-ending cycle of activity. Baer explores the idea that our personal feelings are undeniable facts that have been systematically excluded from the basic sciences, thereby leaving us with a schizophrenic division between objective materialism and spiritual idealism.
Cognitive Action Theory (CAT) achieves this unification by recognising that the observer’s existence is the foundational premise underlying all scientific inquiry. It develops as an event-oriented physical theory in which the first-person observer is central. By analyzing the methods through which we human observers gain knowledge and create the belief systems within which our experiences are explained, we discover a fundamental truth: all systems are observers and exhibit some form of internal awareness. Events, not the objects appearing in them, are the fundamental building blocks of reality. The book is comprised of three parts: the first addresses the paradigm shift from an object to an event-oriented world view, the second develops the foundations of action physics for an event-oriented world view and the third provides examples of how these new ideas can be applied to move our knowledge up the next evolutionary step of human development.
This book will benefit anyone questioning their role in the universe, especially those in interdisciplinary fields of philosophy, psychology, neuroscience and medicine, who seek understanding of quantum theory as the physics of conscious systems that know the world.
Chapter 1 - Introduction to the Event-Oriented World View
Chapter 2 - Conscious Operations in the 1st-Person Laboratory
Chapter 3 - How to Build a Conscious Action Model
Chapter 4 – The Action Model
Chapter 5 – The Quantum and Classic Physics Approximation
Chapter 6 - Model of a Conscious Being
Chapter 7 - Applications in Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience
Chapter 8 - Philosophy, Psychology and Religion
Chapter 9 - Future Development
References and Notes