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Cosmos, Mind & Soul

Properties of the Quantum Brain

Intro

A quantum brain--a brain in which quantum processes play a central role in mind and consciousness--has long been viewed as highly improbable, if not impossible. Decades of theoretical development and laboratory experiments in quantum mechanics led to the conclusion that the brain was too warm and too wet for the kinds of quantum processes that might account for mind and consciousness. Yet some were not deterred, persisting in theorizing and investigating possible quantum processes in the brain.

Their efforts are now paying off and the evidence is accumulating: Crucial quantum processes do occur in warm, wet living cells. And these quantum processes have properties which may account for many of the phenomena of mind and consciousness; may account for much of the anomalous phenomena that has so perplexed, and confounded prevailing worldview thinking.

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Quantum processes in the brain involve the following:

Quanta

A quantum is an indivisible, elementary entity, the most fundamental unit of physical reality. E.g., photons and electrons are quanta. Quantum brain processes entail, among other things,  changes in quanta, including their states, locations, and magnitudes.

Waveforms

A quantum waveform is a potential of all possible, locations of a quantum in space. Waveforms are, metaphorically, like clouds of probability distributions; thicker where highly likely, thinner where hardly likely.

Particles

particle is a quantum manifesting physical existence in a single location in spacetime. Waveforms are said to collapse into actual particles. Brain processes (mind or consciousness) are believed to be responsible for the collapse.  

Entanglement

States of quanta which have a common source are entangled, i.e., they are instantaneously correlated. E.g., if the spin of one electron is up, then the spin of the other is down (the correlation is negative). Since all cells of the body originate from a single cell, the quanta of which they are composed are, potentially, entangled.  

Non-locality

When two quanta are entangled, changes to one instantaneously affect the other, even if it is on the other side of the universe. E.g., in the brain, quantum processes in one part of the brain may affect processes in other parts of the same brain--or other brains--non-locally.

Tunneling

Particles can materialize on the other side of classically impenetrable material or energy barriers. I.e., some of the potential locations in the quantum waveform are located on each side of the barrier. When a particle appears beyond the barrier, it's as if it tunneled through the barrier (though it's more like it was teleported there).

Coherence

Coherence is a state of high correlation in which all quanta arein phase, in-sync, and, consequently, are very powerful,  efficient and effective.

Condensate

A condensate is a phase of matter--like ice and steam are phases of water--an aggregate of atoms in a super-state of coherence in which the atoms in the aggregate all act together as if they were a single super-atom.

Worth Noting

The Entangled Particle

According to Ervin Laszlo's theory of everything (TOE) the principle landmark of the weird quantum world is the entangled particle.

The Mind/Brain Problem

Consciousness may exist at all evolutionary levels of reality.

Consciousness & the Brain

That brain processes are correlated with consciousness does not ensure that the brain creates consciousness.

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