7:30 pm, Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
Earth Sciences Building, Room 1013,
2207 Main Mall, UBC campus
Are We Quantum Brains, or Merely Clever Robots?
University of California, Santa Barbara
The effort to design and build quantum computers in the laboratory is now a
billion dollar enterprise. But might we, ourselves, be quantum computers?
Most scientists think that in the warm wet brain, this is highly unlikely;
and certainly it would be at variance with what the medical profession
believes. My strategy is one of reverse engineering, seeking to identify
the biochemical substrate and mechanisms that could host such putative
quantum processing. Remarkably, a specific neural qubit and a unique
collection of ions, molecules and enzymes can be identified, illuminating
an apparently single path towards nuclear spin quantum processing in the
brain. If this is true, the implications for medicine and psychiatry would
be very large.
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