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The case for biological quantum computer elements
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Paper Abstract

An extension to vonNeumann's analysis of quantum theory suggests self-measurement is a fundamental process of Nature. By mapping the quantum computer to the brain architecture we will argue that the cognitive experience results from a measurement of a quantum memory maintained by biological entities. The insight provided by this mapping suggests quantum effects are not restricted to small atomic and nuclear phenomena but are an integral part of our own cognitive experience and further that the architecture of a quantum computer system parallels that of a conscious brain. We will then review the suggestions for biological quantum elements in basic neural structures and address the de-coherence objection by arguing for a self- measurement event model of Nature. We will argue that to first order approximation the universe is composed of isolated self-measurement events which guaranties coherence. Controlled de-coherence is treated as the input/output interactions between quantum elements of a quantum computer and the quantum memory maintained by biological entities cognizant of the quantum calculation results. Lastly we will present stem-cell based neuron experiments conducted by one of us with the aim of demonstrating the occurrence of quantum effects in living neural networks and discuss future research projects intended to reach this objective.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2009
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 7342, Quantum Information and Computation VII, 734204 (27 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.818218
Show Author Affiliations
Wolfgang Baer, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)
Rita Pizzi, Univ. of Milan (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7342:
Quantum Information and Computation VII
Eric J. Donkor; Andrew R. Pirich; Howard E. Brandt, Editor(s)

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