From the X-Files Dept: Will the Human Species Evolve a Quantum Consciousness?
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September 27, 2011

From the X-Files Dept: Will the Human Species Evolve a Quantum Consciousness?

Tumblr_l3jtg70TCF1qbjm2w The possibility of evolving a quantum consciousness depends on numerous variables, and requires that we are not first exterminated by an asteroid impact, a nearby supernova, or gigantic volcanic eruptions, or our civilization is not decimated by global warfare over resource scarcity exacerbated by climate change.

Stephen Hawking has voiced concern about the dangers that he believes are posed by aliens who may arrive some day on Earth: "To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational. The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like..."

According to Hawking aliens "would be only limited by how much power they could harness and control, and that could be far more than we might first imagine...Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach...I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet...If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans."

Life as we know it is based on chemistry but what, asks Randy D. Allen of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Oklahoma State University, if life elsewhere is based, not on chemistry but on quantum mechanics?

An alien life form that can manipulate subatomic particles like our cells manipulate chemical compounds. Humans have existed as a species for less than a million years and we are, as far as we know, the only species on Earth that has even the vaguest notion of physics. We only discovered the atom and learned to unleash its power, Allen observes, within the last century:

"Our understanding of quantum mechanics is rudimentary, at best, yet we are on the verge of developing practical quantum computers that promise virtually unlimited computational power," Allen observed. "It is conceivable that, in the billions of years since the Big Bang, other organisms evolved at some time and some place that have already mastered quantum mechanics.

"Let’s say that intelligent, social, organisms with chemically-based metabolism, fundamentally not unlike ourselves, evolved on a planet somewhere in the universe," Allen added. "Their unquenchable curiosity about the universe (or, like us, their unquenchable desire to exploit it) led them to develop efficient quantum computers. They realized that, with such computers, the whole of their existence could be computerized, all memories and life experiences, all emotions and motivations, could be transferred to a collective “quantum brain”. In effect, their “species”, though biologically extinct, could become immortal. No more inefficient metabolism requiring huge energy input, no chemically derived bodies to wear out, no reproduction, no death, no taxes. Just supermassively parallel collective consciousness with unlimited capabilities. Perhaps, through super symmetry or entanglement, they can “see” or “feel” the entire universe. Maybe, they’ve gained the ability to manipulate elementary particles and can control its evolution and its fate."

We can project that with no need to compete for resources, quantum beings would most likely be peaceful and only want the best for the Universe and its inhabitants. They could be aware of our existence, Allen says, but don’t care about us, much as we ignore most of the “lower” organisms that surround us. Alternatively, perhaps they have noted our biological, social and technological evolution and realize that we humans may well join their ranks someday and become quantum beings ourselves.

Several of the world's leading thinkers from believe that with the exponential increase in human knowledge that we are on track to have artificial intelligence exceed human potential by 2040 or sooner.

Vernor Vinge, Hugo Award-winning author of A Fire Upon the Deep and Rainbows End, argues that exponential growth in technology will reach a point beyond which we cannot even speculate. "We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth. Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence."

The Daily Galaxy  via http://journalofcosmology.com/Aliens105.html

Comments

Hawking always makes me laugh with his speculation that aliens would only want to conquer us for our resources. If aliens are that advanced to travel light years to visit us, it'd be far more likely that they'd be harnessing energy from stars to make whatever resource they need. To parallel super advanced aliens to Christopher Columbus on his wooden ship is laughable at best.

Perhaps they are only interested in serving humans- as dinner,hardeeharhar.

Perhaps they are only interested in serving humans- as dinner,hardeeharhar.

Perhaps they are only interested in serving humans- as dinner,hardeeharhar.

A scifi writer, Peter Hamilton, explores quantum consciousness in his Night's Dawn trilogy. Quite an interesting read, especially the part about "seeing or feeling the Universe" :)

@astroidea I agree to an extent, any species capable of pan galactic travel is going to be at a stage where they can exploit the myriad sources of natural resources the galaxy has to offer without having to conquer primitives like us to achieve it. I still think they're more likely to be unfriendly though, but due to societal reasons not resourced based ones.

HAWKING IS CORRECT. THE REAPERS SHALL BE YOUR SALVATION THROUGH DESTRUCTION. YOU ARE AS DUST BLOWN ON INTERSTELLAR WINDS. YOU STRUGGLE AGAINST THE INEVITABLE. SHEPARD WILL NOT SAVE YOU OR YOUR WORLDS.

Hawking is smart but a bit of a grump. I think he likes the pessimistic view of intelligent life. It will probably turn out to be either incredibly ordinary or so bizarre that it defies our basic sense of logic, just like virtually every other major discovery in the Universe.

Trying to predict how aliens might think and behave based on how humans or other earthly creatures have thought and behaved in the past is like trying to predict tomorrow's weather by looking through the geological record.

Hawking may be a brilliant physicist, but he's still anthropomorphizing hypothetical aliens who may well be nothing at all like us.

Trying to predict how aliens might think and behave based on how humans or other earthly creatures have thought and behaved in the past is like trying to predict tomorrow's weather by looking through the geological record.

Hawking may be a brilliant physicist, but he's still anthropomorphizing hypothetical aliens who may well be nothing at all like us.

The amount of cooperation required to develop advanced space vessels precludes aggression. One earth, the resources required would span nations, and endless squabbling would short circuit the process.

Vast cooperation... or slavery... just sayin.

Derick said: "Hawking may be a brilliant physicist, but he's still anthropomorphizing hypothetical aliens who may well be nothing at all like us." Don't be too hard on the guy. Prof Hawking is doing what the rest of us do - look at the world not just with our intelligence, but with all of our human experiences and feelings.

It is truly a dangerous place out there with Hyper-nova and such, and then you look at the unique construction of our planet and solar system, and how it has survived with a supportive environment it makes you wonder if perhaps while life may be universal (just think of viruses and fungi), self-aware life may be quite rare indeed.
To think that we are the only self-aware species in the entire universe if absurd.
That gives us the following possible alternatives: (there may be others I have missed)
1. Self-aware species have not been able to solve the problem of travel over the vast distances.
2. 'They' are aware of us (but remember we have only been transmitting radio waves for about 100 years) and one of the following:
a. They have a Star Trek type of 'Prime Directive'
b. The don't give a hoot – we just aren't that interesting.
c. They don't need our sources of energy or resources to survive
d. A combination of the above.

Making God out of Hawkins, a brilliant Mathematician is our foolishness. He has all the frailities a human being may have. Predictions about the nature and capability of poosible aliens living on an earth like planet in another galaxy's star is far fledged manipulation of human knowledge. Artificial inteeligence is a mere professional field of software technology using Digital computers and its software presently. What will happen with the arrival of Optical/Quantum computers will certainly be diffrent from what we are imagining presently. Let us see what happens in the years to come, instead of spreading despair and confusion with our home made future projections. What ever will happen, it is not worth worrying about. After all our life span is still limited to not more than 100 years. We need to live these years well instead of inviting unknown miseries inflict us from mere speculative projections.

The human ID/Consciousness/mind is a field entity existing separately from the brain; like a human and his future, integrated computer. This field seems to exist on a quantic level, reason why some individuals have already achieved the capability to regenerate tissues and influence/create circumstances within a defined envoronment. By combining informatics´area techniques-technologies with this entitie´s capabilities, it might become possible to eliminate the dependance on a totally biological body and brain, without eliminating all of the characteristics that make human life so fulfilling.


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