What if the human brain IS a supercomputer? - Jack Tuszynski

In this talk I will address the issue of the human brain's performance using physical concepts. I will discuss the power consumption and several typical clocking mechanisms for biological processes at various scales of organization. This will be assessed in view of the energy cost of information erasure. I will specifically describe subneuronal architecture of the microtubule cytoskeleton and its possible involvement in memory storage and various signaling mechanisms. Finally, I will present our recent research on the binding of anesthetics to tubulin and how this may bring in quantum physics into these considerations.