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Hello. This is Carolyn, a journalist and recently retired university prof. I have a dilemma, which is why I joined Skeptical Inquirer. Decades back, I published a number of articles that touch on or investigate various pseudosciences. In a fairly kindly, narrative manner, I investigated Water Dowsing (New Yorker, October 1989), The Aetherius Society (English Language Notes, 2009), Exorcism (Lit and Pseudoscience) etc. Possibly as an act of revenge by the jilted spirits, my partner of 20 years fell in love with a past-life regression “Therapist” who does “Quantum Healing,” and is a follower of Dolores Cannon, someone whose “Quantum” practice I’d once investigated. This particularly irks me as a former science writer, because of the false veil of science the terminology implies. Anyway, my partner and I have reunited, and I’m trying to convey, in a non-vindictive way, how wrong-headed this form of “therapy” is. Does anyone have suggestions on a clear-headed investigation of past lives therapy (I already made him read The Demon-Haunted World ). Also, is there anywhere on Skeptical Inquirer where I could find a discussion of Quantum Healing?

Just ran across this post. Interesting dilemma.

First, from wiki.

Quantum healing has a number of vocal followers, but the scientific community widely regards it as nonsensical.[7] The main criticism revolves around its systematic misinterpretation of modern physics,[8] especially of the fact that macroscopic objects (such as the human body or individual cells) are much too large to exhibit inherently quantum properties like interference and wave function collapse.

Physicist Brian Cox argues that misuse of the word “quantum”, such as its use in the phrase quantum healing, has a negative effect on society as it undermines genuine science and discourages people from engaging with conventional medicine. He states that “for some scientists, the unfortunate distortion and misappropriation of scientific ideas that often accompanies their integration into popular culture is an unacceptable price to pay.”[8] Quantum healing - Wikipedia

But in spite of this discouraging picture, I should like to recommend reading up on one of several new propositions, advanced by Stuart Hameroff and Roger Penrose. (Google their credentials)

The theory is named ORCH-OR (orchestrated objective reduction) that proposes the brain’s consciousness is a result of data-processing by microtubules which may be able to process data at quantum levels.

‘Orch OR’ is the most complete, and most easily falsifiable theory of consciousness

Stuart Hameroff .


https://www.nature.com/scitable/content/microtubules-the-basics-14673338/

Abstract

The ‘Orch OR’ theory attributes consciousness to quantum computations in microtubules inside brain neurons. Quantum computers process information as superpositions of multiple possibilities (quantum bits or qubits) which, in Orch OR, are alternative collective dipole oscillations orchestrated (‘Orch’) by microtubules.

These orchestrated oscillations entangle, compute, and terminate (‘collapse of the wavefunction’) by Penrose objective reduction (‘OR’), resulting in sequences of Orch OR moments with orchestrated conscious experience (metaphorically more like music than computation).

Each Orch OR event selects microtubule states which govern neuronal functions. Orch OR has broad explanatory power, and is easily falsifiable.

If I may also refer to my thread on microtubules

Microtubule network, the seat of consciousness?

Hi, I’m Green with an interest in discussing intelligent topics on World matters. I’ve worked in the legal, security, and now retail fields. Glad to be here.

I wondered if such consciousness is able to flow through electronic means such as, wifi and the cell towers if one concentrates enough? I heard stories that people think they are being conversed with through the computer’s radiation field ??? and it’s not verbal, not communication in words through video, texts, or whatever.

What would be your opinion as an engineer of human conscious. As humans, we do only use 10% of our brain, but I wonder about consciousness and how far it can actually extend if it has the means to do so.

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I wondered if such consciousness is able to flow through electronic means such as, wifi and the cell towers if one concentrates enough? I heard stories that people think they are being conversed with through the computer’s radiation field ??? and it’s not verbal, not communication in words through video, texts, or whatever.

I think that one thing is clear, microtubules respond to electrochemical data and almost certainly to sound waves.
If MT are instrumental in emergent consciousness, they should respond to anything we are conscious of and possibly even frequencies we are not conscious of but do affect their function in some way.

What would be your opinion as an engineer of human conscious. As humans, we do only use 10% of our brain, but I wonder about consciousness and how far it can actually extend if it has the means to do so.

I would say it depends on the frequency. AFAIK, only the universe itself is able to process all possible frequencies, whereas all smaller patterns are responsive to their own pattern associated frequencies.

Interestingly, fractal antennas have a wide reponse range . I am not sure why but it probably has something to do with fractal patterns that are (infinitely) expandable and reducible.

It is quite possible that David Bohm’s “holographic universe” is a fractal structure that is rerepeats itself infinitely.

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