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Is this the Penrose you were mentioning?

http://www.quantumconsciousness.org/penrose-hameroff/orchor.html

"The particular characteristics of microtubules suitable for quantum effects include their crystal-like lattice structure, hollow inner core, organization of cell function and capacity for information processing. We envisage that conformational states of microtubule subunits (tubulins) are coupled to internal quantum events, and cooperatively interact (compute) with other tubulins. We further assume that macroscopic coherent superposition of quantum-coupled tubulin conformational states occurs throughout significant brain volumes and provides the global binding essential to consciousness. We equate the emergence of the microtubule quantum coherence with pre-conscious processing which grows (for up to 500 milliseconds) until the mass-energy difference among the separated states of tubulins reaches a threshold related to quantum gravity."

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by ormondotvos (ormond.otvosnospamgmialcon) on Tue Aug 30th, 2011 at 03:09:50 AM EST
Assuming what you need to prove certainly saves a lot of time, money and effort.  It will only be the skeptical low-minded among us who will question, given the lack of proof, whether "macroscopic coherent superposition of quantum-coupled tubulin conformational states¹" has any more validity than saying "God done it."

¹  Whatever that means

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Aug 30th, 2011 at 11:28:03 AM EST
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Well, it could be a testable hypothesis. They're taking tunneling microscope pictures of orbitals these days...

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by ormondotvos (ormond.otvosnospamgmialcon) on Tue Aug 30th, 2011 at 08:47:38 PM EST
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ATinNM:
"macroscopic coherent superposition of quantum-coupled tubulin conformational states¹" has any more validity than saying "God done it."

¹  Whatever that means

ROFLMAO

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 05:10:13 AM EST
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