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Friday, November 12, 2004

In a Quantum State of Mind

A woman, dressed and painted in silver, carrying a oddly shaped thing made of styrofoam, stepped onto the subway this morning. I asked her what she was doing. She said she was a dancer. It was her first day doing a new piece and she was excited. She asked me what I was doing.

I described to her a conversation I was having with "Heartpump" - a WTA member - about the quantum nature of the mind.

Despite their seemingly chaotic nature, feedback automata have a predisposition to stabilize into attractors, which are stable states. Our minds, in order to maintain adaptability in addition to memory/logic functions, would need to "break out" of these stable states. Perhaps it may be taking advantage of quantum unpredictability. This could have naturally evolved in our brains as neuron density increased. Microchips are running into quantum effects today, as chip density increases.

She concluded, "Yes, that's why I dance. It gets me out of my head." She smiled, "Some people call unknowable things God - instead of quantum unpredictability."

Too true.

I don't have any reasons
I've left them all behind
I'm in a New York state of mind
- Billy Joel

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