Is conscious to be found in quantum processes in microtubules?

Discussion in 'Biology & Genetics' started by Write4U, Sep 8, 2018.

  1. exchemist Valued Senior Member

    I've said it many times and I'll repeat once more, just for you.

    The open-minded scientist is not morally obliged to listen to the ravings of every nutter on the street corner. That is not what being open-minded involves. If we did, we'd get nothing done. Furthermore, we would be encouraging nutters to think more highly of themselves and their ideas than they deserve.

    Once one has read up the idea, and read the critiques of it, one is entitled to form an opinion. Thereafter, there is only a moral obligation to give the same idea more attention if new evidence is put forward that could be expected to change one's orginal assessment.

    Have a nice day.
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  3. origin In a democracy you deserve the leaders you elect. Valued Senior Member

    This is so annoying. You are always saying this or that causes a 'wave function' to collapse. That is an absurd way to speak.

    If I jump off of a platform I can say "I fell to the ground due to gravity", but if I say "I fell to the ground due to the gravity field equations" I would sound like a nutter, or someone who had no idea what they were talking about.

    The wave function didn't collapse the wave collapsed.
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  5. Write4U Valued Senior Member

    Absurd? Really?
    A short correction would have been sufficient.....

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    I'd rather be treated with some common courtesy and a willingness to overlook my shortcomings in formal scientific verbage. The odd part is that even as I get critiqued on my presentation, seldom does anyone tell me I'm flat wrong in content.
    This is such an occasion. You complain about my presentation, but is it wrong?
    When someone actually corrects a real error, I am always grateful and feel I have "learned".

    Critiquing writing style without addressing content in a science forum is not very productive is it? Especially if it is accompanied by over the top ad hominem.

    p.s. I have no objection to the transfer, but if one examines what I was really proposing you will find that I was right on topic of "Is life a dialogue or a monologue" all the time unless this was supposed to be about the non-science of religion again.
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  7. Write4U Valued Senior Member

    Problem is you don't read up on the links I provide, which always clarify my inadequacies in formal expression and usually provide new evidence which might be expected to change one's original assessment.....if only one took the time and courtesy....., I do....

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    If there is not enough time for that, then there should be not enough time to criticise rather than critique the post and poster.
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  8. C C Consular Corps - "the backbone of diplomacy" Valued Senior Member

    While I've tended to doubt that microtuble processes will pan-out in a significant way, I agree with James R's apparent assessment that their hypothesis is in limbo as far as either being supported or killed-off.

    In addition to Penrose and he supposedly compiling a list of purported "successes" over the years, Hameroff has responded to most criticisms, including research items like this one: Study Rules Out Fröhlich Condensates in Quantum Consciousness Model. But those counterings no longer show-up easily on the web, it takes quite a bit of digging to locate them (unless he features them on his website).

    Of course, just because he parries attacks doesn't mean they carry weight (each is subject to the evaluation of onlookers). This particular faultfinding from Tegmark is actually very old:

    We refuted Tegmark in the same journal in which he published a year later (see Hagan et al, 2001). Tegmark calculated a microtubule decoherence time of only 10^-13 secs, but he used a superposition separation distance of 24 nanometers, a term in the denominator of the decoherence time formula. In Orch OR the separation is the Fermi length, 7 orders of magnitude smaller, correcting microtubule decoherence time to 10^-6 secs. We found a few other mistakes which brought our calculated decoherence time to 10^-4 secs, later shown experimentally by Bandyopadhyay’s group (all references are in the 2014 Orch OR review paper). Tegmark refuted his own model, not ours.

    One of the earliest criticisms has arguably fallen to the wayside with regard to the force it once had: That the biological domain was too "hot" and macroscopic for quantum effects to ever find applicability there. (quantum biology).

    Publicity wise, Hameroff has been his own worst enemy by straying off into all sorts of appended speculative territory during interviews in questionable places, in a kind of Jack Sarfatti like fashion.
  9. Write4U Valued Senior Member

    I agree.
    From a Tegmark paper on decoherence, I ran across this;

    Anybody ever had a head-ache? How many degrees of temperature fluctuations cause neural decoherence in the brain? At 105 F people usually become disoriented and "incoherent". At higher temperatures or direct exposure, brain death often follows. Sun-stroke?

    Are these not indications that the environment indeed has a great effect on brain function?
    Moreover, would these symptoms not tend to support rather than argue against neural quantum decoherence in microtubules?
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  10. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

    If anyone wants to pursue the microtubules hypothesis in fiction - read Robert J. Sawyer's Quantum Night.
    He leverages the microtubules in an interesting way - extrapolating three groups into which all humans fit: P-zombies, psychopaths and conscious-with-conscience. And catastrophic events (such as near-death experiences) can flip you from one state to the other.

    RJS is Canada's golden child for speculative fiction writing. He's won a metric buttload (~28) of awards (including Hugo, Nebula and Robert Heinlein Awards) all around the world for his writing. His "Flash Forward" novel became a TV series by the same name.
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  11. Write4U Valued Senior Member

    I don't know what you are on about. I rechecked my sources and the expression "wave function collapse" is specifically addressed and defined exactly as I wanted to present it.

    Any other complaints and derogatory statements? Keep 'em coming boys.......

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  12. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

    i spent 2 years polling new mothers.
    around 45% of them reported the pregnancy(and birth of current children living) unintentional.

    while many are wraped up in their own emotional dogma around feelings of being wanted. the reality of this is a health issue in my opinion.
    best practice is ideal, but mostly 1 out of 2 kids is not going to be best practice pre pregnancy.

    how do you quantify that in a medical best possible outcome scenario for total national health delivery ?

    pro activeness is the only possible solution.
    spending tax payer money on education and services.
    its outcome is far more beneficial than anything else possible.

    which is why i am pro universal health care with private health care as an after event.
    the reality is private health care can not provide for 50% of new born children.
  13. exchemist Valued Senior Member

    Have a nice day.
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  14. Write4U Valued Senior Member

    While this proposition by Matthew Fisher does not specifically address microtubular computing, it uses brain neural networks as a quantum computing system. The acceptance of biological quantum computing systems is becoming more popular , it seems. All we need to figure out is which biological system is the most likely candidate for a possible biological quantum computing system.

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    This is exciting news as each researcher will bring new info to the table.
    However, IMO, this example from Hameroff may well demonstrate the greater likelihood that microtubules are ultimately better equipped to act as quantum computers than neural synapses.

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    Being that microtubules have identified information processing capabilities and are present in almost all biological life, IMO, it makes them a very good candidate, perhaps even more suitable than gross neural networks.
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  15. Write4U Valued Senior Member

    I appreciate your caution, but in view that consciousness is not peculiarly human but exists almost everywhere in biology in varying degrees of sophistication, it seems logical to assume a common physical characteristic which allows a biological organism to acquire the ability to consciously and dynamically interact with its environment.

    One such common physical aspect is the microtubule, which can found in single celled organisms as well as humans and all other living things.

    Oddly the worm C-Elegans seems not to have microtubules in its neural system (synapses) which is well mapped. But when its neural system is stimulated with electricity, it does not respond to the stimulation, i.e. no consciousness.

    OTOH, the much smaller and simpler single-celled Paramecium has no synapses, but does have microtubules (flagella) which allow it to swim and navigate. This single-celled organism appears to be conscious as demonstrated by its sexual behavior, the only time when both partners do not perceptibly move to avoid touch.....

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