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Computational Thought and Physics

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- The Turing Test
- Consciousness
- Quantum Mechanics and Microtubules

The Turing Test

- Not valid
- “Imitation, no matter how skillful, ought always to be detectable by skillful enough probing (Penrose, 10)”
- There must be mathematical proof that the machine is conscious

Consciousness

- Cannot be currently explain by physics and mathematics
- Quantum theory may need to altered to help produce a unified theory

Quantum Mechanics

- Electrons simultaneously exist in different states
- Quantum behavior exists when subatomic particles are isolated (this is a problem!)

The Solution: Microtubules?

- Microtubules are thin hollow tubes of protein within cells
- These may allow for insulation of an electron from the surrounding brain matter

Sources

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microtubule
- http://ase.tufts.edu/cogstud/papers/penrose.htm
- Freedman, David H. “Quantum Consciousness.” Discover June 1994.
- Penrose, Roger. The Emperor’s New Mind. Oxford University Press: New York. 1989.

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