RE: The Singularity and the quantum mind

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Mon Mar 05 2001 - 10:49:09 MST

I agree that there isn't good evidence that quantum theory (or other
advanced physics theories)
are needed to explain consciousness.

However, this is a separate issue from whether quantum computing could
supply intelligent machines
with a heck of a lot of thinking power

Similarly, whether the brain uses quantum computing to help it solve
computational problems faster,
is a separate question from whether quantum phenomena underly the brain's


> I do have a strong intuition about it, and I think it's
> nonsense. We're
> making good progress in understanding how mind works, and so far there is
> absolutely nothing to indicate we need this idea of quantum
> consciousness. As
> far as I'm concerned, this is a spooky hand theory. It tries to explain by
> obscuring, a technique used for millenia by priests and mystics
> and it never
> got us anything good so far.
> Of course that's just my opinion. :)
> Patrick
> >
> > Ben
> >

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