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In a recent study, researchers reported that bumblebees were able to figure out the most efficient routes among several computer-controlled "flowers," quickly solving a complex problem that even stumps supercomputers. We already know bees are pretty good at facial recognition, and researchers have shown they can also be effective air-quality monitors.
Bumblebees can solve the classic "traveling salesman" problem, which keeps supercomputers busy for days. They learn to fly the shortest possible route between flowers even if they find the flowers in a different order, according to a new British study.
Barbara Shipman, a mathematician at the University of Rochester, expands upon the research of physicist Karl Von Frisch, hypothesizing that bees have an advanced understanding of quantum space and mathematics.
Karl Von Frisch has proven that honey bees communicate the location of food through specific dances, or “waggles,” that are geometrically proportional to variables such as the distance between the hive and food.
Von Frisch concludes: “You have to wonder what makes the dance happen. Bees don’t have enough intelligence to know what they’re doing. How do they know the dance in the first place? Calling it instinct or some other word just substitutes one mystery for another.”
While researching this mystery, Shipman discovered a direct correlation between the geometry of higher-dimension “manifolds” and the honey bees’ dance, suggesting a deeper, more quantum connection than previously observed.
She continues to suggest that the insect’s bodies have evolved to increase sensitivity between quantum fields, that they’re actually able to physically communicate with the properties of quarks in a way that is beyond our current understanding of physics.
These cylinders were staggered into mazes with multiple levels of “Y” branch points that the bees encountered before reaching the desired feeder station. In one set of experiments, the scientists trained bees to track a trail of colored marks, as in a scavenger hunt. The bees could then follow—more or less—the same strategy in a completely unfamiliar maze. Amazingly enough, bees can use color in an abstract manner, turning right, for instance, when the branch point is colored blue and left when it is colored green. Individual animals developed quite sophisticated strategies, such as the right-turn rule, that always led to the goal, though not necessarily by the shortest route.
I've been careful to stress that any network possesses integrated information. The theory is very explicit on this point: Any system whose functional connectivity and architecture yield a phi value greater than zero has at least a trifle of experience. This would certainly include the brains of bees. Just because bees are small and fuzzy does not mean that they cannot have subjective states. So, the next time a bee hovers above your breakfast, attracted by the golden nectar on your toast, gently shoo her away. She might be a fellow sentient being, experiencing her brief interlude in the light.
Shipman discovered a direct correlation between the geometry of higher-dimension “manifolds” and the honey bees’ dance
Tegmark's paper was aimed at refuting Hameroff's Orch OR theory, which required quantum coherence to be sustained for 25 ms. Thus Tegmark did not show that coherence over shorter timescales could not support consciousness, because he was directing his argument at the longer timescales of Hameroff's theory. Georgiev here queries whether there is any evidence that consciousness has to arise over a milliseconds timescale. If consciousness could operate over a picosecond or shorter timescale then Tegmark's calculations do not present any problem for quantum consciousness. It is pointed out that all neuroscience has been able to show to date is that consciousness does not operate on a scale slower than milliseconds.
Tests show that there is a minimum timescale of about 30 ms needed for a subject to distinguish two sensory inputs as being separate. This means that consciousness cannot be slower than 30 ms. However, patients with time agnosia, who have subjective experience of the passage of time, confirm that it is physically possible to have consecutive conscious steps that are experienced as simultaneous. From this it is argued that the real units of consciousness could be at the picoseconds level, although such units cannot be discerned by the conscious subject.
The physicists' simulation modeled the very early life of the universe, shortly after the Big Bang.
In the simulation, they looked at how quantum units of space-time smaller than subatomic particles "networked" with each other.
They learned the simulation mirrored that of other networks - some links between similar nodes had limited growth, but others acted as junctions for many different connections.
Also, they found some connections are limited and similar, like a person who likes sports visiting many sports websites; while some connect to many other parts of the network, like Google and Yahoo.
“For a physicist it’s an immediate signal that there is some missing understanding of how nature works,” the Huffington Post quoted Krioukov as tellinge Space.com.
The human body is a constant flux of thousands of inter-reactions and processes connecting molecules, cells, organs and fluids throughout the brain, body and nervous system. Up until recently it was thought that all these countless interactions operated in a linear sequence, passing on information much like a runner passing the baton to the next runner. However, the latest findings in quantum biology and biophysics have discovered that there is in fact a tremendous degree of coherence within all living systems. It has been found through extensive scientific investigation that a form of quantum coherence operates within living biological systems through what is known as biological excitations and biophoton emission. What this means is that metabolic energy is stored as a form of electromechanical and electromagnetic excitations. It is these coherent excitations that are considered responsible for generating and maintaining long-range order via the transformation of energy and very weak electromagnetic signals.
After nearly 20 years of experimental research, Fritz-Albert Popp put forward the hypothesis that biophotons are emitted from a coherent electrodynamic field within the living system. What this effectively means is that each living cell is giving off, and resonating with, a biophoton field of coherent energy. If each cell is emitting this field, then the whole living system is, in effect, a resonating field -- a ubiquitous non-local field. And since it is by the means of biophotons that the living system communicates, then there is near instantaneous intercommunication throughout. And this, claims Popp, is the basis for coherent biological organization -- referred to as quantum coherence.