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The Search for Biological Quantum Computer Elements

Wolfgang Baer1, Rita Pizzi2

Dep. of Information Science Code IS, Naval Postgraduate School, 1 University Circle, Monterey, CA 93943, Tel 831-656-2209,3086
Department of Information Technologies,University of Milan,via Bramante 65, 26013 CREMA (CR) - ITALY. tel. 39 02 503 30072 e-mail

The International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences 2008, 6(1), 51-71.


The difficulties encountered in explaining the capacities of the human brain to generate conscious experiences with a neuron switching model has lead researchers to speculate that quantum phenomena may be involved in the human thinking process. This speculation goes beyond acknowledgement of the quantum mechanical basis for bio-molecular chemistry but suggests the architecture of brain functioning parallels the architecture of quantum computers. In this model classically observed neural components act like transmitting and receiving channels to quantum elements analogous to the state-preparation and measurement components in quantum computer architectures. Theories proposed by Penrose and Hameroff suggest such quantum element fields may be supplied by the microtubule structure encountered in neurons, while the DNA field has also been proposed as a candidate for quantum computation. Objections to the quantum brain model rests primarily on the de-coherence expected in the warm-soup environment which simply compounds the isolation difficulties encountered in conventional approaches to quantum computer element construction.


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Baer, W., Pizzi, R. (2008). The search for biological quantum computer elements. The International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences, 6(1), 51-71.
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Baer W, Pizzi R. The search for biological quantum computer elements. Int Conf Comput Exp Eng Sciences . 2008;6(1):51-71
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W. Baer and R. Pizzi, "The Search for Biological Quantum Computer Elements," Int. Conf. Comput. Exp. Eng. Sciences , vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 51-71. 2008.

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