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It's possible that our own human brains are capable of performing advanced quantum computing calculations - and now scientists are conducting a series of detailed experiments to try and find out for sure.
It's easy to think of computers and brains as similar – both process information, and make decisions, and deal with inputs and outputs. But some scientists think the incredible complexity of the brain can only be explained by quantum mechanics.
In other words, phenomena like quantum entanglement and superposition, all the knotty stuff of quantum physics, are actually regular occurrences inside our brains. Not everyone is so sure, but we might be about to get an answer either way.
"If the question of whether quantum processes take place in the brain is answered in the affirmative, it could revolutionise our understanding and treatment of brain function and human cognition," says one of the team involved in running these tests, Matt Helgeson from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).
One of the upcoming experiments will try and examine whether qubits could be stored in the nuclear spins at the core of atoms, rather than the electrons surrounding them. Phosphorus atoms in particular, which our bodies are packed with, could act as biochemical qubits.
"Extremely well-isolated nuclear spins can store – and perhaps process – quantum information on human time scales of hours or longer," says one of the team, Matthew Fisher from UCSB.
Other experiments will look at the potential for decoherence, which happens when the links and dependency between qubits – the idea of quantum entanglement – start to break down. For our brains to be quantum computers, there must be a built-in way that our biological qubits are shielded from decoherence.
Yet another experiment is going to investigate mitochondria, the cell subunits responsible for our metabolism and sending messages around the body. It's possible that these organelles also play a significant role in qubit entanglement.
The answer is yes.
originally posted by: surfer_soul
a reply to: neoholographic
Very interesting research, I was listening to a podcast earlier interviewing Dr Dean Radin about consciousness and science. He believes PSI has something to do with the mind functioning like a quantum computer. It might be worth looking at his research further and how it relates to the studies you have posted.
originally posted by: dfnj2015
a reply to: neoholographic
I think you have this completely backwards. The human mind is NOTHING like a computer. The human mind is analog NOT digital. There is no clock pulse in the human mind. Everything blends into everything else as energy floats around the brain.
Since our human mind is the only example we have of conscious self-aware intelligence then maybe analog muck that makes up our brain is a prerequisite.
And since observer and observed are intertwined at the quantum level, billions of information exchanges in the human brain are all interconnected. Even further, maybe these energy wave connections exist on a level not confined to the boundaries of our brains. Maybe ALL our conscious thoughts come directly from God:
No matter how much people hem and haw, we just do not live in a clockwork materialist Universe. The IT that decides which quantum state is realized is a cosmic mystery.
originally posted by: solargeddon
I would absolutely argue that we are quantum computers just think about the speed by which we move our body parts and without any conscious thought process, there has already been research which suggests we make determinations prior to our conscious minds actually becoming aware.
Are we all quantum computers with a quantum mind? The answer is yes. Materialist have told us for years, that Natural Selection is like magic. Give it a lot of time and it can do anything. Then quantum mechanics came along and first it was the effects of quantum mechanics can't be seen in the classical world because it's too wet and warm. This turned out not to be true and we have a growing field of Quantum Biology. Next they tell us with 100% certainty that consciousness has nothing to do with quantum mechanics and they don't even know what consciousness is.
A fundamental scientific assumption called local realism conflicts with certain predictions of quantum mechanics. Those predictions have now been verified, with none of the loopholes that have compromised earlier tests.
QFT treats particles as excited states of an underlying field, so these are called field quanta. In quantum field theory, quantum mechanical interactions among particles are described by interaction terms among the corresponding underlying quantum fields. These interactions are conveniently visualized by Feynman diagrams, which are a formal tool of relativistically covariant perturbation theory, serving to evaluate particle processes.