Quantum effects in the brain

Todd A. Anderson drtodd at aaahawk.com
Wed Jan 8 19:56:15 EST 2003

In "The Emperor's New Mind", Roger Penrose argues that parts of the
brain exist simultaneously in multiple states due to quantum effects but
that once the maximum difference between any two of these states
reaches a certain threshold the wave function collapses.  I always thought
the need for conscious to collapse the wave function was silly.


"UKComplaint" <ukcomplaint at lycos.com> wrote in message
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> Physicist Henry Margenau (quoted by Sir John Eccles) states that the
> components of the brain 'are small enough to be governed by
> probabilistic quantum laws' and are 'always poised for a multitude of
> possible changes, each with a definite probability'.
> Is Margenau's view (that actions in the brain might be subject to
> quantum effects) generally accepted withnin science?
> N.B. The blurb for the forthcoming Quantum Mind 2003 Conference on
> Consciousness, Quantum Physics and the Brain to be hosted by the
> University of Arizona states "recent experimental evidence suggests
> quantum nonlocality occurring in conscious and subconscious brain
> function, and functional quantum processes in molecular biology are
> becoming more and more apparent."

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