Presentation on theme: "Quantum health and intracellular information technology"— Presentation transcript:
1 Quantum health and intracellular information technology Stuart Hameroff M.D.Professor, Anesthesiology and PsychologyDirector, Center for Consciousness StudiesThe University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
2 But how do living systems differ from nonliving systems? Health is the optimal state of a living systemBut 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
30 Reality is described by two distinct sets of laws. Our everyday “classical” world follows predictable behaviorsAt small scales (and sometimes at large scales!) bizarre laws ofquantum mechanics reignQuantumClassical
31 Quantum particles canExist in multiple possibilities: “superposition”2) Remain connected over distance: “nonlocal entanglement”3) Condense into one entity: “quantum coherence”4) Quantum/classical transition (collapse) somehowinvolves 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
39 ConclusionsMicrotubules are the information superhighwayinside cells, and should be targets forpharmacological and optical encoding and regulationLife and consciousness are quantum processessubtly connected to the fine structure of the universeSpiritual beliefs are scientifically plausible
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