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The goal of fundamental physics, such as the Standard Model, is somewhat reductionist: we're trying to understand the world by studying the most elementary building blocks and their interactions. You appear to object that this approach may struggle explain more complicated emergent phenomena and experiences, such as consciousness. Certainly, it would be ...


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This may be slightly more technical then you are after but may be of use to others. There are two things going on here. As mentioned by others you have the separation of charge by a dielectric and hence have a capacitor. If you start of in an electrically neutral situation and move $n$ protons from outside the membrane to the inside a voltage of: $$V=\...


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Is there any place for consciousness in present models of physics, e.g. the Standard Model? Searle says: probably. Penrose says: not in its present form. Chalmers and Tononi say: no, never. Dennet says: what consciousness? To elaborate, here is a brief summary of modern thinking regarding how consciousness fits into the material world (as interpreted by ...


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Let's say we already have an assembly of 3 static charges, with initial energy $E_0$. In order to place an additional charge, we need to push the charge in, thus applying work (Energy) equivalent to $W_4 = kq_4(q_1/r_{14} + q_2/r_{24} + q_3/r_{34})$ And now, the whole assembly of 4 charges has an additional $W_4$ of energy: $E_{tot} = E_0 + W_4$ This is ...


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I'll answer more in a clinical perspective. I don't know about extreme situations when the spins of your organism's atoms are rearranged in a lethal way, but as far as MRI magnets go, the first concern when using MRI equipment is the possible induction of electric currents inside the human body. These concerns are more prevalent for investigation MRI ...



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