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Spin-Mediated Consciousness Theory

Posted 25 Oct 2005 at 16:27 UTC by steve Share This

Quantum entanglement (aka spooky action at a distance) is a hot topic in physics these days so it's not suprising to see new theories in which it plays a part in consciouness. Huping Hu and Maoxin Wu have released a new paper titled, "Thinking Outside the Box: The Essence and Implications of Quantum Entanglement" (PDF format). In it they cover a lot of topics related to quantum entanglement including "the roles of quantum entanglement in spin-mediated consciousness theory." Their theory, like those of other AI opponents such as Penrose, precludes the possibilty of computational intelligence: "the collective dynamics of the said entangled quantum states produces consciousness through contextual, irreversible and non-computational means". In essence, they say our consciouness resides outside of our physical brain in a non-corporeal blob of qubits and "mind-pixels" paralleling various dualist and religious ideas of a soul. For more from Hu and Wu, see their website, QuantumBrain.org or Hu's Scientific GOD Institute. Like other quantum theories of consciouness, they don't yet have an answer to Tegmark's decoherence objection, nor have they found a way to scientifically test their theory.

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