Justin Riddle on Quantum Biology + Consciousness

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Justin Riddle, Ph.D.  -Cognitive Neuroscientist at UNC Chapel Hill

Quote:Justin Riddle received Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley with Mark D'Esposito. He received his Bachelor degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in Computer Science and Cognitive Science with a concentration in Neuroscience and Highest Honors. Justin has over eight years of combined teaching experience as a Graduate Student Instructor and as a student facilitator for the Democratic Education program at Cal (DeCal). Justin taught 13 semester of Quantum Consciousness with David Presti.

There are a lot of vids so will put them in different posts:



Quote:In this introduction to quantum consciousness, Justin Riddle presents six arguments that quantum consciousness is an important theory of mind.

To summarize them briefly, (1) People always identify as their latest technology and so most people believe that they are a digital computer. Time to update those models of self, because.... (2) Quantum computers are here. We wouldn't want the brick of metal in our pocket to have greater computational power than our brain. (3) People say the brain is too warm, wet, and noisy for quantum effects; yet, evidence keeps emerging for quantum effects in biology (such as photosynthesis). Where do we draw the line? (4) Evolution might be selecting for quantum systems that can maintain quantum coherence. (5) The debate around the role of quantum mechanics in consciousness has been raging for 100 years. Many key historical figures like Bohr, Schrodinger, Heisenberg, von Neumann entertained the idea that quantum mechanics might relate to our mind. (6) Physical theories that are purely deterministic have failed to account for key aspects of subjective experience. There may be novel answers from a perspective that incorporate new physics.

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Quote:In episode 2 of Quantum Consciousness, Justin Riddle presents Roger Penrose's three world model: Physical, Mental, and Platonic. The three world model proposes a domain for the observations and measurements made regarding the external world (Physical), a domain for the private and personal subjective experience that constitutes the narrative flow of your mind (Mental), and a transpersonal domain for logic and mathematical truth akin to Plato's world of forms (Platonic). While it has been said that "all models are wrong, but some are useful," I have found the three world model to be a profound source of insight.
'Historically, we may regard materialism as a system of dogma set up to combat orthodox dogma...Accordingly we find that, as ancient orthodoxies disintegrate, materialism more and more gives way to scepticism.'

- Bertrand Russell


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Quote:In the third episode of Quantum Consciousness, Justin Riddle discusses three principles of quantum mechanics and how they relate to the three-world model. First, the measurement principle describes how a wave-function is reduced into a discrete physical state. Second, the superposition principles reveals that a system enters into a probability distribution of multiple states between measurements. Finally, the entanglement principle suggests that when quantum systems that share a mixed superposition are separated in space, their wave-functions are inextricably connected. To illustrate these principles in action, the double-slit experiment is presented, superfluids & superconductors are explored, and the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox is discussed.
'Historically, we may regard materialism as a system of dogma set up to combat orthodox dogma...Accordingly we find that, as ancient orthodoxies disintegrate, materialism more and more gives way to scepticism.'

- Bertrand Russell



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