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Ulla Mattfolk: on 3/15/17 at 21:59pm UTC, wrote Thanks snp. gupta The essay was formed to suit the rules for the Contest...

Ulla Mattfolk: on 3/15/17 at 21:54pm UTC, wrote Hi Rado, Draw the 0 and 1 on the Bloch sphere too. Quantum states are...

Rado Bozov: on 3/15/17 at 17:49pm UTC, wrote there are neither states nor observables , as any position of a...

Satyavarapu Gupta: on 3/14/17 at 11:26am UTC, wrote Nice essay Dr Mattfolk, Your ideas and thinking are excellent like, 1....

Ulla Mattfolk: on 3/13/17 at 16:17pm UTC, wrote Yes, Einstein was a 'realist' too. We have made the decoherence a...

Joe Fisher: on 3/13/17 at 16:06pm UTC, wrote Dear Ulla Marianne Mattfolk, Please excuse me for I have no intention of...

Ulla Mattfolk: on 3/10/17 at 12:46pm UTC, wrote Draw it on a Bloch sphere, then you see what it is :)


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March 23, 2017

CATEGORY: Wandering Towards a Goal Essay Contest (2016-2017) [back]
TOPIC: The www of Life - the wet warm womb. by Ulla Marianne Mattfolk [refresh]
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Author Ulla Marianne Mattfolk wrote on Mar. 7, 2017 @ 15:11 GMT
Essay Abstract

The nature of consciousness, a conscious observer, occurrence in the brain, and place in the universe are unknowns. Penrose & Hameroff suggest a connection between brain biomolecular processes and the dynamic, fine-scale structure of the universe and Copenhagen viewpoint puts consciousness outside science, into pseudoscience. Models of 'reality' and 'illusion'. The up and downside world - It before bit or bit before it? I will compare the both views, either observer, even if a device, and its consciousness collapse the wave, or the wave is collapsed by dynamicity in the uncertainty itself, gives consciousness in the measurement made of living organisms. Also the condensed matter and quantum dot view on the same. This will be a journey in non-conservative thinking.

Author Bio

Ulla Mattfolk, MSc, Turku Akademy, Finland. Biologist, main interests in Chinese medicine, selfregeneration, reflexology, electromedicine and quantum biology. Studied physics on my own and in discussions with Matti Pitkänen mainly, Jerry Decker etc. so I am an amateur. The emphasis is laid on the biology, which is a real physical system. Pitkänens work suits biology very well,and it is interpreted in comparision with other physicists theories. This interpretation fits the selfregenerative capacity and the body-mind function very well. This can give way to a new understanding of living matter and its physical charachters.

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Wilhelmus de Wilde wrote on Mar. 7, 2017 @ 16:31 GMT
Dear Ulla,

Good to meet you here on FQXi.

I attentively read your well grounded essay.

Consciousness is the most important issue to realise reality, what is information without users ?

In my essay "The Purpose of Life" I think you will find also new perceptions of how we can interprete reality.

So I hope that you will find time to read/comment and surely rate it (just click the link above and use the ode FQXi sent you).

I will give you a rating later on, I don't want to be the first.(If you get a high rating in the beginning like I did, there are trols that come up without any comment to give one's ! After a 9 and a 6 I got three one's !!! so the struggle upwards began)

best regards

Wilhelmus de Wilde

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Author Ulla Marianne Mattfolk replied on Mar. 7, 2017 @ 21:29 GMT
Thanks Wilhelmus.

Author Ulla Marianne Mattfolk replied on Mar. 7, 2017 @ 21:50 GMT
I did a try to link physics to biology, by comparing some measurement methods. I realized the wet, warm, womb of Life was actually precisely required for Life to function as it does. We have understood it all wrongly.

The purpose, intention is also something very tightly linked to biology, as your title also tell us. There are so many good essays here...

I also want to say Thank you to George Ellis for inspiration. He is a member in my quantum biology FB Group, a very silent member :) I also see other people I know here. I will be busy Reading and voting for some time.

Best. Ulla.

Richard J Benish wrote on Mar. 8, 2017 @ 02:50 GMT
Dear Ulla,

Warm Wet Womb: Wonderful!

"We must 'jump' to a higher sphere of hierarchy, unite with Mother Earth,." indeed.

Unfortunately, many of the prevailing methods and world views of modern physics stand as obstacles, I think, to such warm and fuzzy aspirations. I am reminded of a 1957 remark by Oppenheimer:

"The whole of physics for the last 30 years has been...

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Author Ulla Marianne Mattfolk replied on Mar. 8, 2017 @ 06:41 GMT
As the requirements for this Contest was also some poetry this was it, as well as the heading, in my mind, is a good one, also expressing clearly where my attempt differ from the common agreement.


Author Ulla Marianne Mattfolk replied on Mar. 8, 2017 @ 20:38 GMT
Richard, it is quite odd, that in theory the gravity at center of Earth would be the same as in outer space, gravitation near zero. We know so very Little :)

Saibal Mitra wrote on Mar. 8, 2017 @ 23:44 GMT
This essay raises interesting points. I wrote an essay a few years back here, where I actually did argue that decoherence plays a role in cosnciouness see here, the core of the argument is that you can interpret an entangled state as an algorithm. A two qubit state of the form:


can be interpreted as the algorithm that assigns to one bit the NOT value of the other bit in at least this basis. While this is not unambiguous because of the choice of the basis, the fact that an algorithm can be identified at some moment in time is a feature that doesn't exist in classical mechanics and that been the result of many philosophical arguments. The main problem is then that you need to run an algorithm for some time to be able to see what algorithm is running because at some moment in time, the snapshot view doesn't contain the information about a range of inputs versus outputs.

Now, I did not argue in favor of typical quantum phenomena to explain consciousness, my argument was to note that classical mechanics arises from quantum mechanics due to decoherence, but decoherence is just entanglement with the environmental degrees of freedom. The equations we use in classical mechanics are just approximations that become valid when due to entanglement with a very large number of degrees of freedom, effects such as interference become invisible. So, the objections against a classical computer being conscious can be answered by considering how that classical behavior arises in the first place.

For the present contest, I was working on an improvement of this argument, but two days before the submission date I changed my mind because in my mind what I had was not good enough. I decided to write an essay on a different subject and was able to submit that one just in time, it has yet to appear here. It's unfortunately full of typos, though.

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Author Ulla Marianne Mattfolk replied on Mar. 9, 2017 @ 07:20 GMT
Decoherence of a state to form a new coherence is a fascinating topic I want to explore more. If you follow my used model here the decoherence is not total, maybe in Death alone, and we keep the old state to create a new one, partly, as the decoherence center is in sectors or CDs, quantum dots. Decoherence happen in one or some sectors only. This is the wonderful fact with it :)

What exactly is created? A measurement of the Environment. Formation of new knowledge. It does not say much about exactly what consciousness is, only that it is linked to actions.

If I interpret your eq. right I see an inverse wave, but it oscillate between real and inverse or imaginary state, this is why decoherence is not total :) The 1 and 0 are never quite reached. It is expressed as ratios in living matter, and that is a quantum charachter too :)

Thanks for a nice comment. Ulla.

Saibal Mitra wrote on Mar. 8, 2017 @ 23:47 GMT
Correction, the state is:

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Author Ulla Marianne Mattfolk replied on Mar. 10, 2017 @ 12:46 GMT
Draw it on a Bloch sphere, then you see what it is :)

Rado Bozov replied on Mar. 15, 2017 @ 17:49 GMT
there are neither states nor observables , as any position of a particle/photon/wave , could be distributed anywhere in the real domain between 0 and 1, where we choose where to cut time, dt, of imaginary space, called quantum space in order to fit observable paradigms! any 1^(-10000), or 0.0001, or whatever value towards an artificial constant as such as Plank scale we intend on comprehending serves towards data processing. Reality , both horizontal and vertical as well as invisible to coordinate of a chosen space-time exploration, cannot be specified due the fundamental paradox between 2D matter time and 2D space energy relative absoluteness of rooting down origins of life. Thus we approximate truth by taking chances of following rule based quantum open systems!

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Author Ulla Marianne Mattfolk replied on Mar. 15, 2017 @ 21:54 GMT
Hi Rado,

Draw the 0 and 1 on the Bloch sphere too. Quantum states are inside it as mixed states. Time evolution is seen as a rotation. and also maybe a spin flip is possible.

Virtual states are infinitely many, as an cloud around. But when you perturb the sphere you see they are a mirror of ordinary matter.

When you go from 2D to 3D you get problems :)

I don't get this: the fundamental paradox between 2D matter time and 2D space energy relative absoluteness of rooting ...

Open quantum systems contains interactions with Environment, and this is essential for what I advocate here. But the thermodynamics is a bit bothersome due to uncertain time evolution, because initial state is difficult to identify, and environmental interactions are complex. The information-theoretic process might give some clues.

Gavin William Rowland wrote on Mar. 9, 2017 @ 05:51 GMT
Dear Ulla

I couldn't quite follow your reasoning in places but enjoyed reading your essay for the general direction you were heading. Your FB group sounds interesting can i join? i am very interested in quantum biology as i think the mind must interact with the brain through quantum physics.

My essay "From nothingness to value ethics" is not much about quantum biology, but I think you would find it interesting as it involves other ideas that may make this quantum approach workable. By the way we don't necessarily have to work with the standard 'disorder' approach to entropy. There is an alternative (and I think more correct) approach - you can read more about it at entropy



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Author Ulla Marianne Mattfolk replied on Mar. 9, 2017 @ 07:30 GMT

Can you explicitly Point out where you could not follow? I must admit it was a difficult task to only be able to use 25000 charachters, I had to delete and delete.... also stuff that was good. Kill the darling, ye.

Also Prigogine had to go, even if what he found is very basic. The new view on decoherence was what I wanted to promote, and I am happy to have four different aspects compared here. Penrose and TGD has met much critic. The condensed matter view is maybe more accepted.

This view maybe not directly say the Copenhagen model is excluded, the measurement can be both ways, and should be both ways, maybe. But the idea there should be something 'not real' must be seen as wrong.

Thanks, I can add your name, but first we must become friends :)


Gavin William Rowland replied on Mar. 10, 2017 @ 10:58 GMT
Dear Ulla

Well, for me there were quite a few points. You use a lot of terminology, and the writing doesn't flow - it is like you are trying to get all your bits of knowledge down on the page at the expense of leading your reader through the argument. This would be okay if the reader was well acquainted with this material, but trying to make sense of it as presented was difficult for me.

I plan to examine some of your references for further enlightenment.



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Author Ulla Marianne Mattfolk replied on Mar. 10, 2017 @ 12:38 GMT
I try to use so Little terminology as possible. This is why my reference list is quite long too, so you can go there and read more.

To be able to comment on it you could tell me more exactly what caused problems.

As author of Mind Beyond Matter, which especially concentrates on what is sometimes termed “the cosmology of consciousness” and explores what the author regards as the differences between brain and mind, matter and energy, this should not cause problems, I Think. In a way my essay is also about 'the cosmology of consciousness'.


Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Mar. 14, 2017 @ 11:26 GMT
Nice essay Dr Mattfolk,

Your ideas and thinking are excellent like,

1. One reason is the natural selection of evolution, another intentions, goals, purposes of living organisms = consciousness.

2. Life has an aim to adapt to a changing environment using creativity. Lifetime is created and maximized. Living things adapt, survive and reproduce in the environment. Consciousness...

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Author Ulla Marianne Mattfolk replied on Mar. 15, 2017 @ 21:59 GMT
Thanks snp. gupta

The essay was formed to suit the rules for the Contest :)

You are right that intention is an important area of research, but so far we have very Little knowledge on it.

The movement of masses must be seen as an effect, I Think. The goal is what makes them move.

I will look at your paper, thank you. Good Luck!

Ulla M.

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