Is the Brain a Quantum Computer?

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Abninder Litta, Chris Eliasmithb, Frederick W. Kroona, Steven Weinsteinb, Paul Thagarda free ebook

We argue that computation via quantum mechanical processes is irrelevant to explaining how brains produce thought, contrary to the ongoing speculations of many theorists. First, quantum effects do not have the temporal properties required for neural information processing. Second, there are substantial physical obstacles to any organic instantiation of quantum computation. Third, there is no psychological evidence that such mental phenomena as consciousness and mathematical thinking require explanation via quantum theory.We conclude that understanding brain function is unlikely to require quantum computation or similar mechanisms.