Regensburg 2019 – wissenschaftliches Programm
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BP: Fachverband Biologische Physik
BP 12: Poster II
BP 12.53: Poster
Dienstag, 2. April 2019, 14:00–16:00, Poster B2
Evidence of quantum consciousness in evoked zero-spin echoes — •Christian Kerskens1 and David Lopez1,2 — 1Trinity College Institute Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin — 2Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
That consciousness could have its' basis in quantum computing has been speculated for many years. Unfortunately, unitary quantum gates, the main ingredient of quantum computing, are not compatible with irreversible biological systems which are effectively non-unitary. This is in line with experiments which so far haven't connected consciousness to quantum computing. Here, we used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study long-range quantum coherence in the human brain. We were surprised to find that the cardiac pressure pulse evoked zero-spin echoes (ZSEs) in brain parenchyma. The ZSE signals, which are thought to be generated by long-range intermolecular zero-quantum coherence (iZQC), were much higher than expected. In contrast, single quantum coherence (SQC) imaging, which is also indirectly related to iZQC, was not affected. These findings suggest that we observed a non-classical effect originated from a small subdomain of the parenchyma. This evoked quantum effect was directly connected to consciousness as only sporadic ZSE signals were detected during sleep while a loss of the evoked quantum effect would probably always result in unconsciousness because the cardiac pressure pulse is necessary for consciousness. Our findings are unexpected but in line with recent biological research.