Hypothesis suggests how quantum effects may play a role in brain function

from the Biological-quantum-teleportation dept.
For those who have been seriously inspired or irritated by Roger Penroseís hypotheses on the possible basis of consciousness in quantum effects occurring inside neurons in the brain, a trio of researchers has published a speculative proposal that suggests that biological microtubules may act as quantum electrodynamic cavities and have the potential for quantum entanglement, teleportation and computation. The authors suggest that this mechanism may be responsible for how the brain works, or might at least provide biological building blocks for creating quantum computers. A preprint of their research paper is available online on the arXiv preprint server at http://www.arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0204021.

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