Paavo Pylkkänen (born 1959) is a Finnish philosopher of mind. He is associate professor in philosophy at Skövde University College and adjunct professor of 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. Pylkkänen's areas of specialization are the mind-body problem, the basis of cognitive science, philosophy of physics, the philosophy of David Bohm and the foundations of quantum theory. Since 1996 he has been employed at the University of Skövde in Skövde, Sweden, where he initiated a consciousness studies program combining philosophy and cognitive neuroscience. From 2008 to 2010 he worked as university lecturer in theoretical philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, the University of Helsinki. He is currently associate professor in philosophy at the newly founded Department of Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy at the University of Skövde, while also working as an adjunct professor (docent) at the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki. Pylkkänen has worked and published together with theoretical physicist Basil Hiley, close co-worker of David Bohm over three decades. Hiley and Pylkkänen together addressed the question of the relation between mind and matter by the hypothesis of an active information within the conceptual framework of the de Broglie–Bohm theory. Pylkkänen's work Mind, Matter and the Implicate Order (2007) builds upon David Bohm 's ontological interpretation of quantum theory, in which quantum processes are understood as a holomovement in terms of implicate and explicate orders.
This talk discusses the prospects of quantum psychiatry from a Bohmian point of view, which provides an ontological interpretation of quantum theory, and extends such ontology to include mind. We will briefly discuss the role of information in psychopathology, and consider the connections with quantum theory in this area. In particular, we will focus upon David Bohm’s notion of active information, which arises in the ontological interpretation of quantum theory, and is suggested to play a fundamental role as the bridge between mind and matter. Some such bridge is needed if we are to understand how subtle mental properties are able to influence more manifest physical properties in the brain (all the way to the molecular and possibly microtubular level), and how changes in those possibly quantum‐level physical processes are able to influence higher cognitive functions. We also briefly consider the implications of the notion of active information for psychopathology and the prospects of implementing the Bohmian scheme in neuroquantal terms.
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Pylkkänen P., Mind, Matter and the Implicate Order. New York and Berlin: Springer. 2007.
Pylkkänen P., Implications of Bohmian quantum ontology for psychopathology, NeuroQuantology, March 2010, Vol 8, Issue 1, Pages 37‐48.