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Old June 20 2013, 10:40 AM   #95
Maxwell Everett
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Re: Does Data have a soul?

Nightdiamond wrote: View Post
There's an interesting article going around where a scientist claims he has scientific proof that the soul exists.

With some Trek-sounding terms too. He claims it's stored in something called microtubules.

http://www.sott.net/article/252984-S...ouls-existence

If that's true, Data may have a chance, assuming his brain is similar to a biological brain.

It would be ironic, if when it came to having a soul, even animals come before Data, simply because he had a mechanical brain.
Wow, what rock did you kick over to find that website? What a smorgasbord of nonsense... 9/11 trutherism, Earth changes, channeling. The woman who runs it (Laura Knight Jadczyk) appears to be a total crank and woo peddler. Yikes!

Anyway, the Penrose/Hameroff Orch-OR (Orchestrated objective reduction) theory of consciousness mentioned in that article doesn't hold up, as it turns out. Basically, the human brain's temperature is too high for quantum effects to last very long. Microtubule quantum states could exist, but would be sustained for only femtoseconds (a quadrillionth of a second), rather than the 25 milliseconds (1/40th of a second) required by Orch-OR theory. Read more here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchest...tion#Criticism
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