At first, I read over the abstract and tried to get a handle. My first thought was that this guy is a genius or deranged or maybe a combination of both - it really is truly hard to get a handle on what he is talking about:
"Current quantum theories of consciousness suggest a configuration space of an entangled ensemble state as global work space for conscious experience. This study will describe a procedure for adjustment of the singlet evolution of a quantum computation to a classical signal input by action potentials. The computational output of an entangled state in a single neuron will be selected in a network environment by "survival of the fittest" coupling with other neurons. Darwinian evolution of this coupling will result in a binding of action potentials to a convoluted orbit of phase-locked oscillations with harmonic, m-adic, or fractal periodicity. Progressive integration of signal inputs will evolve a present memory space independent from the history of construction. Implications for mental processes, e.g., associative memory, creativity, and consciousness will be discussed. A model for generation of quantum coherence in a single neuron will be suggested."
Once I got a little further into the paper and read it over a couple of times it became clear that he was speaking in a language that, as a student of biochemistry, is clearly well-informed, scientifically derived and terminologically accurate even if it is not well articulated to the point of being almost unintelligible to the average reader.
So, all that being said, this is more of a thought experiment than an actual physical experiment that could prove neurons can be stimulated by being uncoupled and at a distance - which is what I was interested in . But, at far as I can tell, it does have interesting implications for the origin of consciousness in the entangled state of a single neuron and the relation of that neuron with the whole neural infrastructure.
An interesting thought hit me while I was reading.....
A single cell can survive in nature on it's own such as an amoeba or paramecium yet a single cell within our bodies is one of billions and billions of cells that work together towards the survival of the organism as a whole. If one accepts that each cell is an entity unto itself, enabled with a form of life and a desire to metabolize and reproduce, yet still is genetically predisposed to function towards the benefit of the organism as a whole, how aware is each single cell of it's own place in a Universe of billions and billions of cells on the scale of an organism?
Okay, my brain hurts - alot.
Good paper though - and I think it is relevant to the topic though I'm not smart enough to figure out how, lol.
. I'll read again tomorrow and see if I can glean any more relevance for the topic we have been discussing. In the meantime.......
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