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Your Brain on Quantum Mechanics

It turns out that the brain is a quantum machine (NOTE: Subscriberscan still listen to this show) because our memories are created through quantum entanglement, which combines the experiences from all our different senses into a single memory. And the brains of people who are shy or introverted may actually process their world differently than others. Quantum physics is one of the fascinating subjects that Anne Strieber discusses with Russell Targ on this week's Dreamland.

The electrical activity of neurons in separate parts of the brain can oscillate at the same frequency at the exact same time when they're working on the same task (in this case, building a memory), which is known, in quantum physics, as "spooky action at a distance."

In New Scientist, David Robson quotes researcher Dietmar Plenz as saying, "The precision with which these new sites pick up on the activity of the initiating group is quite astounding, they are perfect clones." Plenz compares this to the "tipping point" in human societies when a trend enters the mainstream and becomes adopted by a large number of people.

Meanwhile, major computer manufacturer has designed computer memory chips so tiny, they are close to an atomic scale. This will lead to a new generation of computers that functions more like biological brains.

They are called "memristors." In the April 8th edition of the New York Times, John Markoff quotes inventor Leon O. Chua as saying, "Our brains are made of memristors. We have the right stuff now to build real brains." The brain may be quantum machine, but the MALE brain is, well, A CERTAIN KIND of machine. Male and female brains have some basic differences and one of these is that in males, the "defend your turf" area is larger and primed to detect territorial challenges by other males. And his alarm system for threats, fear and danger is also larger, while the "I feel what you feel" part of the brain is larger and more active in women.

No surprises there, and here's something else that won't surprise women: Men have a sexual pursuit area in the brain that is 2.5 times larger than the one in the female brain. In CNN.com, Louann Brizendine says, "The best advice I have for women is make peace with the male brain. Let men be men."

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