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Does the Stock Market Provide Indirect Evidence of the Scientific Validity of Orch OR  David Smolker (Apollo Beach, FL )   P1

Penrose/Hameroff's Orch Or theory posits that consciousness arises from quantum oscillations due to gravitational reduction of Planck-scale superposed space-time manifolds within the tubulin protein that forms microtubules that comprise the cytoskeleton of neurons. These oscillations are said to generate classical beat frequencies which are orchestrated brain-wide via resonance enhanced conductance along pathways in tubulin and microtubules giving rise to conscious experience. Due to difficulty in accessing the Planck scale, Orch OR remains directly untested. Henri Poincare observed that periodic solutions are sometimes "the only breach through which we can attempt to penetrate what was previously thought impregnable." Mood is a conscious state of mind. It is observable, measurable and exhibits periodic behavior as evidenced by social mood proxies like the stock market. For the reasons that follow, fluctuations in social mood reflected in the stock market may provide indirect evidence of Orch OR's scientific validity. Orch OR is proposed to originate with superposition of atomic spin. Spin represents the fundamental unit of gravitational information. When combined into vast lattice networks, spin is theorized to determine the geometry of space-time, the transfer of energy and momentum within it, and, ultimately, the organization of matter in the Universe, including life itself. If, as Orch Or suggests, consciousness is directly linked quantum mechanically to gravity, then mood may be synchronized with periodic changes in the relevant external gravitational environment which is dominated by the Sun's regular helical orbit around the Solar System's barycenter resulting from its exchange of tidal gravitational torques with the planets, primarily Jupiter and Saturn. As measured by the rate of change of the Sun's angular momentum as it orbits the barycenter, this torque cyclically peaks when the Sun reaches its barycenter perigee and troughs when it reaches its apogee generating the larger gravitational pulse of the Solar System. Under Kepler's First Law, changes in tidal torque exchanged within a large system of entangled spin states (e.g., the Solar System) should be distributed to and conserved within smaller components of that same system (e.g., the brain). Fluctuations of social mood evidenced by the stock market and the rate of change in the Sun's orbital angular momentum around the barycenter since 1800 are weakly, but significantly negatively correlated (r = -.19, p < .00001). Correlation does not prove causation; a mechanism is required. The brain functions as a system of harmonic oscillators. Tidal torques result in transfers of angular momentum and energy between objects that can cause phase shifts in harmonic oscillators. Due to its non-linear, chaotic, scale-free, highly electrically conductive, stochastic resonant, edge-of-criticality behavior, the brain is extremely sensitive to, and capable of amplifying slight changes in weak external inputs. Spin has been shown to affect the potency of anesthetic gases in erasing consciousness. We suggest that, under Newton's Third Law, changes in the tidal torques exerted on the brain's entangled microtubular spin states subtly alter the collective atomic spins and phases of the microtubular beat frequencies thereby affecting the brain's serotonin levels, and ultimately, the character of social mood.