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1 Quantum health and intracellular information technology Stuart Hameroff M.D. Professor, Anesthesiology and Psychology Director, Center for Consciousness Studies The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

2 Health is the optimal state of a living system But how do living systems differ from nonliving systems? What is life?

3 19th century scientists believed life force fields connected all living beings: vitalism, animism or élan vital

4 But reductionist science showed biomolecular origins for life

5 Vitalists were purged from science and medicine

6 Varela, Maturana, Margulis: Life is order from disorder (negative entropy) from entropy

7 Life defies the second law of thermodynamics: Order (negative entropy) tends toward Disorder (entropy)

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22 Memory –Long term potentiation (LTP)

23 Hameroff, Craddock & Tuszynski, 2010

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25 Hameroff, Craddock & Tuszynski, 2010 – Memory bytes - A molecular code for intra-cellular information processing

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30 Reality is described by two distinct sets of laws. Our everyday classical world follows predictable behaviors At small scales (and sometimes at large scales!) bizarre laws of quantum mechanics reign Quantum Classical

31 Quantum particles can 1) Exist in multiple possibilities: superposition 2) Remain connected over distance: nonlocal entanglement 3) Condense into one entity: quantum coherence 4) Quantum/classical transition (collapse) somehow involves consciousness (observer effect)

32 Sir Roger Penrose – Consciousness is a process on the edge between quantum and classical worlds, connected to the most basic level of the universe

33 Penrose-Hameroff Orch OR theory of consciousness

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35 Recent evidence shows ballistic/superconductivity at 8 MHz in microtubules (Bandyophadyay)

36 Quantum World Classical World Co-existing possibilities Definite Interconnected/entangled Isolated (?) Universal mind Material (?) Spiritual Material Hope Doubt

37 Quantum vitalism?

38 EnlightenNext Magazine, spring 2010

39 Conclusions Microtubules are the information superhighway inside cells, and should be targets for pharmacological and optical encoding and regulation Life and consciousness are quantum processes subtly connected to the fine structure of the universe Spiritual beliefs are scientifically plausible


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