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Computational Thought and Physics. Adam Lewis GST 400-C Spring 2006. Outline. 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)”

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Computational thought and physics

Computational Thought and Physics

Adam Lewis

GST 400-C

Spring 2006


Outline
Outline

  • The Turing Test

  • Consciousness

  • Quantum Mechanics and Microtubules


The turing test
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
Consciousness

  • Cannot be currently explain by physics and mathematics

  • Quantum theory may need to altered to help produce a unified theory


Quantum mechanics
Quantum Mechanics

  • Electrons simultaneously exist in different states

  • Quantum behavior exists when subatomic particles are isolated (this is a problem!)


The solution microtubules
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
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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