Cognitive Science 30 (3):593-603 (2006)

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Chris Eliasmith
University of Waterloo
Paul Thagard
University of Waterloo
Frederick Kroon
University of Auckland
Abstract
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.
Keywords Neuroscience  Brain function  Explanation  Quantum computation  Consciousness
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DOI 10.1207/s15516709cog0000_59
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