Quantum Entanglement and the Quantum Mind

 “We are analog beings living in a digital world,
facing a quantum future.”
Neil Turok, The Universe Within (2012)

Perhaps we are already deeply and intimately interconnected. In Brain Wars (2012) Mario Beauregard, a professor in the Neuroscience Research Centre at the University of Montreal, explores the phenomena of out of body experiences, near death experiences, psi (various psychic phenomena), telepathy, and other paranormal events.

His conclusion is that the scientific perspectives that view the mind as a product of the brain and the mind as separate and distinct from the universe are deeply flawed. His thinking on this leads us into quantum mechanics.

Perhaps most compelling or intriguing aspect of quantum mechanics, from the perspective of post-literacy, is the concept of quantum entanglement: the idea that particles are twinned and change states (spins) relative to each other regardless of their distance from each other (adjacent or light years apart). Hence they are “entangled” or responsive to each other. Einstein famously referred to this as “spooky action at a distance.”

It is important to remember that this entanglement is at the particle level, where quantum theory tell us that such elementary particles don’t actually exist but have “tendencies to exist” (Capra, The Tao of Physics, 1975). However, Beauregard makes the case that this entanglement is the basis for consciousness (or mind) as a phenomena of the universe. He sees,

“a deep interconnectedness between the mental world and the physical world, which both arise out of the same source This basic interconnectedness renders the mind capable of influencing various phenomena and events belonging to the physical world. Information may act as a bridge between these complementary aspects of reality”

Is the brain a quantum computer? Does quantum mechanics explain consciousness? Extrapolating from this, is there a quantum mind and can it be means for a profoundly new way of understanding and acting upon the universe? The ground breaking theory of Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff on the nature of microtubles (a concept known as Orchestrated Objective Reduction) is hotly contested. Some, like Victor Stenger, believe all this belongs to the fantasy realm of “unicorns and dragons.” Others, like Beauregard, are willing to venture into new terrain and suggest new possibilities, beyond scientific materialism, that would fundamentally transform our understanding of our position in the universe and the capabilities we have.

Neil Turok, Director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and a colleague of Stephen Hawking, agrees with Beauregard:

“The Internet is only a harbinger. Quantum technologies may change entirely the way in which we process information. In time, they many do much more, allowing us to gain a heighted awareness of reality and of the ways the physical world works. As the depth of our knowledge grow, our representation of the universe will achieve much higher fidelity. Our new knowledge will enable technologies that will vastly supercede current limits. They may change our very nature and bring us closer to realizing the full potential of our existence.”

Using a deliberate contradiction, Turok observes that “quantum physical teaches us that, in a very real sense, we all live in an imaginary reality.” It is a “quantum future” that may offer insights into a post-literate world.


One Response to “Quantum Entanglement and the Quantum Mind”

  1. paolo manzelli September 12, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    The project Quantum Creativity need to reply to the mission of FET OPEN 1 project SEARCH FOR PARTNERS .

    The mission of Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) need to present a large and long term coppetative activityes by uncovering radically new technological possibilities. In order to succeed in this mission FET focusses on research beyond what is known, accepted or widely adopted and supports novel and visionary thinking to open promising paths towards powerful new technologies. Thus, research in FET is multidisciplinary and multiactoral collaborative research open projects in promising fields or research and development . Loking to reply to FET program the Quantum Creativity Project do nor pursue criteria to the old incremental scientific excellent research of single groups but ask to the partners to participate for developing a convergence from different approach both in science and innovation able to supports conceptual change based on of Quantum Brain Theory by improving novel and visionary thinking and to open promising paths towards powerful new technologies.

    One of the mai aim of the Quantum creativity project is to amplify the extension of advanced quantum science (including entangled enabled quantum technology ) to the life-sciences of the future knowledge society This will be made in order o overcome the general culture of the industrial society generated by the obsolete classic reductionism of mechanical science .
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    So I think that the Quantum Creativity project is open to all the contribution that believes to the scientific but also the social need to promote a deep change of the cassic parading of mechanical science.

    Therefore I appreciate all the proposal that would be oriented to the above aim of paradigmatic change in scince and society.

    In particular I like very muh the approach of NED approach in computation by interaction, this because NED affirm that during biophysical interaction information from multiple sources ( as Genetics and Ephygenetics ) can be easily instantaneously integrated.

    Probably this is the work developent into the nano-syapses if we will be able to apply the quantum entanglement effect that trasforms different codex of information in an informational field, working at distance as signals based on simultaneity properties of communication .

    Also I believe in the contribution to the Quantum Creativity project for developing the isues OPTOGENESIS & CREATIVITY.

    Optogenetics in general regard the combination of genetics information and information coming from optic’s processes

    Starting from this approach I believe that the integration with quantum sience will be able to deevlop a better understanding by tacking an advantage through quantum properties to creatively approaching the quantum evolution of our perception in relation to both kind of information genetics and ephygenetics.

    In conclusion I think and I ask to Niki as University of Patras coordinator of the Quantum Creativity Project , that we need to write the project proposal for: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/1153-fetopen-1-2014.html , exacly in order to start the submission of the 16 preliminary pages of the the proposal .

    In order to avoid that our proposal will be not innovative I suggest to see in the Europa Search :


    About similar projects in order to learn about the effective possibility to be original to our shared proposalon Quantum Creativity.

    My best regards . Very cordially Paolo Manzelli 2014/12/09 ;


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