Re: Quantum entaglement, human cognitive capacity

From: Hector Zenil (
Date: Thu Mar 06 2008 - 08:43:15 MST

This is a paper we wrote some time ago regarding the possible
computational power of the human mind in terms of neural networks and
the arithmetical hierarchy. It is related to the question of whether
the human mind is Turing computable and how would be possible to
characterize its power.

Available online:

the full reference:

Hector Zenil and Francisco Hernandez-Quiroz, On the possible
Computational Power of the Human Mind
in "WORLDVIEWS, SCIENCE AND US", edited by Carlos Gershenson, Diederik
Aerts and Bruce Edmonds, World Scientific, 2007.

as part of the proceedings of the Complexity, Science and Society
Conference, 2005, Centre for Complexity, University of Liverpool, UK.

On Thu, Mar 6, 2008 at 8:14 AM, Stathis Papaioannou <> wrote:
> On 03/03/2008, Krekoski Ross <> wrote:
> > 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?
> > It certainly is a factor in the low-level motion of particles, and in a
> > chaotic system where local disturbances can lead to large systemic changes,
> > such as cascade effects in neurons, it seems to be a significant oversight
> > to not at least acknowledge it's likely presence. It has significant
> > implications for the processing capacity of the human brain since it
> > multiplies the number of interactions by a significant number of orders of
> > magnitude, and is also quite relevant therefore in talking about at what
> > point we have the machine capacity with current architecture to begin to
> > simulate things.
> The recent simulation of a rat neocortical column by the IBM Blue
> Gene/L computer is claimed to accurately model real brain tissue. This
> seems almost too good to be true, but if it is, it would mean that
> simulation at the classical level is enough. It would also mean that
> simulating a human brain is only a decade or two away.
> --
> Stathis Papaioannou

Hector Zenil-Chavez
Visiting Research Scholar
Carnegie Mellon University
Université de Lille I (Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale)
Université Pantheon-Sorbonne -Paris 1- (IHPST)

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