We may suspect that quantum mechanics and consciousness are
related, but the details are not at all clear. In this paper, I suggest
how the mind and brain might fit together intimately while still maintaining
distinct identities. The connection is based on the correspondence of similar
functions in both the mind and the quantum-mechanical brain.
Examining the role of
dispositions (potentials and propensities) in both physics and psychology
reveals that they are commonly derivative dispositions, so called because they
derive from other dispositions. Furthermore, when they act, they produce
further propensities. Together, therefore, they appear to form discrete degrees
within a structure of multiple generative levels. It is then constructively
hypothesized that minds and physical nature are themselves discrete degrees
within some more universal structure. This gives rise to an effective dualism
of mind and nature, but one according to which they are still constantly
related by causal connections. I suggest a few of the unified principles of
operation of this more complicated but universal structure.