Re: Quantum entaglement, human cognitive capacity

From: Rolf Nelson (
Date: Thu Mar 06 2008 - 03:02:25 MST

"The brain is a quantum computer" is one of a class of scenarios where the
computational power of the brain is much, much higher than is believed by
the general scientific community. The reasons why I personally wouldn't burn
too much time on such scenarios are:

1. Usually the academic physics community is correct in cases where your
intuition diverges from the academic physics community's intuitions, at
least in physics matters that are falsifiable.

2. At this point, most of the actions SIAI should take are probably going to
be the same whether Strong AI is 10% likely or 99.999% likely in the 21st

3. If there's a trick the brain uses to gain ultra-high processing power, we
will probably, at some point, stumble across what that trick is and adopt it
in our own AGI's. For example, if the brain is a quantum computer, then than
also means that quantum computing is easier than we thought.

On Sun, Mar 2, 2008 at 5:09 PM, Krekoski Ross <>

> Why has there not been any discussion that I can find, regarding the very
> real possibility that quantum entanglement plays a large role in the
> functioning of the human brain?

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