Your brain might be a quantum computer that hallucinates math
Your brain possesses incredible abilities when it comes to performing complex tasks. Consider a simple mathematical problem like 4 + 5. You instinctively know that the answer is 9. Now, let’s switch it up and ask you what 5 + 4 is. Once again, your brain effortlessly arrives at the answer of 9.
Take a moment and try to recall the answer to the first question without looking back. Surprisingly, it remains the same—9. This demonstrates the advanced functions of your brain. You processed the mathematical prompts differently and retained the information to recall later. Impressive, isn’t it?
While this might seem ordinary, it is, in fact, an extraordinary feat of brain power. Recent research conducted by teams from the University of Bonn and the University of Tübingen suggests that these simple processes could indicate that your brain functions like a computer.
Although numbers are a relatively recent concept for humans, we have always had ways to quantify and keep track of things. Our prehistoric ancestors used methods such as finger counting or representative models to express quantities and track objects. The human brain doesn’t necessarily rely on numbers; it adapts to various approaches when it comes to math.
The research teams mentioned earlier published a paper titled Neuronal codes for arithmetic rule processing in the human brain. They sought to understand how the brain handles mathematical calculations, a task that cannot be easily deciphered through conventional means like EEG readings or CAT scans.
To circumvent this challenge, the teams worked with volunteers who already had subcranial electrode implants for epilepsy treatment. Through their research, they were able to gain insights into how the brain processes addition and subtraction.
The researchers found that different parts of the brain are activated during addition and subtraction, and these tasks are approached with different timing. One part of the brain works on figuring out the problem, while another focuses on finding a solution.
This suggests that each math process requires both a static memory solution and a dynamic one. Considering the vast number of neurons in the human brain, it becomes evident that math is far more complex than simple pebble-counting.
Our brains might be quantum computing systems that excel at hallucinating answers. When you think about an apple, for instance, your brain doesn’t go through multiple calculations to arrive at its specific characteristics. You effortlessly conjure up the image of a green apple without consciously adjusting input variables. It’s like your brain is hallucinating those apples.
Similarly, the way our brains perform math is not based on intricate mathematical features, but rather on rules and intuition. There’s a part that seeks the correct solution based on unchanging facts, while another part relies on intuition to estimate when the answer is unfamiliar.
The ability to process math varies among individuals, as two people of similar intelligence and education can interpret the same mathematical problem differently. This demonstrates that math processing is subjective and influenced by individual cognitive functions.
The implications of this research are still unfolding. While scientists observed individual neurons participating in the math process, more research is needed to comprehend the full extent of these findings. One question that arises is whether the human brain functions as a quantum computer.
Although the recorded and processed neuron data is relatively small in scale, the researchers utilized artificial intelligence systems to aid in data interpretation. They hope that further research will enhance our understanding of math processes in the brain.
If the research holds true, it suggests that the human brain is a quantum computer or, alternatively, a poorly-designed binary computer. Instead of going through each permutation individually, a binary brain should be capable of counting objects efficiently. However, the quantum nature of the universe might explain why our brain hallucinates multiple answers simultaneously when solving simple math problems.
In essence, your brain is likely generating the answer to a math problem before you consciously recognize that you’re even thinking about it. This simultaneous occurrence of multiple functions is a fascinating phenomenon known as parallel processing.