New Superionic Memory Devices Can Provide Clues to the Human Memory Structure and to Consciousness


Since the work of Penrose and Hameroff the possibility is discussed that the location of human memory and consciousness could be connected with tubulin microtubules. If one would use superionic nano-materials rolled up to microtubules with an electrolyte inside the formed channels mediating fast ionic exchange of protons respectively lithium ions, it seems to be possible to write into such materials whole image arrays (pictures) under the action of the complex electromagnetic spectrum that composes these images. The same material and architecture may be recommended for super-computers. Especially microtubules with a protofilament number of 13 are the most important to note. We connected such microtubules before with Fibonacci nets composed of 13 sub-cells that were helically rolled up to deliver suitable channels. Our recent Fibonacci analysis of Wadsley-Roth shear phases such as niobium tungsten oxide , exhibiting channels for ultra-fast lithium-ion diffusion, suggests to use these materials, besides super-battery main application, in form of nanorods or microtubules as effectively working superionic memory devices for computers that work ultra-fast with the complex effectiveness of human brains. Finally, we pose the question, whether dark matter, ever connected with ultrafast movement of ordinary matter, may be responsible for synchronization between interactions of human brains and consciousness.

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Otto, H. (2023) New Superionic Memory Devices Can Provide Clues to the Human Memory Structure and to Consciousness. Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics, 11, 377-376. doi: 10.4236/jamp.2023.112021.

1. Introduction

It is one of nature’s greatest secrets how such a huge amount of pictures can be saved by a non-volatile write operation into the human memory and can be read out ever and ever again during the long life of a human being. While philosophers have tried to give an early answer, Penrose and Hameroff offered a more scientific approach for a possible mechanism, where tubulin microtubules are proposed to be the location of memory and consciousness [1] [2]. Tubulin microtubules are non-covalent mesoscale polymers, first described concurrently in 1963 by Slautterback [3] and by Ledbetter and Porter [4]. The interested reader may also study a review recently written by Roll-Mecak [5].

In a previous contribution the present author had designed a microtubule from a helically twisted Fibonacci net composed of even 13 subcells imitating a tubulin microtubule with the same dominant protofilament number of pf> = 13 [6]. It was obvious that carbon nanotubes could be used for such a design. Recently, carbon nanotubes as biomimetic carrier design have been intensively investigated by Barcelos and Alasaraie [7]. However, despite of the immense scientific effort in the last years, the understanding of the tubulin microtubule contribution to the human memory writing and reading processes and consciousness “is still in its infancy” [7].

Turning back to Fibonacci number 13, a stoichiometric Fibonacci analysis of Wadsley-Roth shear phases such as niobium tungsten oxide Nb 16 5 + W 5 6 + O 55 , exhibiting channels for ultra-fast lithium-ion diffusion, suggests to use these materials, besides super-battery main application, in form of nanorods or microtubules as effectively working superionic memory devices [8]. Superionic transport of charge carriers is, besides ballistic electron transport, superconducting transport or holography of biophotonic processes, a very rapid way of transmitting and storing a huge amount of information. Most likely the information is stored via diffraction patterns, and this is how holographic recording comes into play. When we think about holography, we have to ask how and where the needed reference beam is created to generate a storable diffraction pattern. Probably a combination of the above listed processes takes place in our brain. It is the essential topic of this short contribution to present some new ideas slowly approaching the fundamental solutions that nature has given us. Different chapters deal with Fibonacci helices, such helices as carbon nanotubes, artificial microtubules form Wadsley-Roth shear phases, holographic information processing, the possibility of a combined space-reciprocal space approach for information storage and processing, and the question, whether dark matter (energy) is responsible for synchronization between interactions of human brains and eventually consciousness.

2. Fibonacci Helices as Biomimetic Devices

Tubulin protein molecules form linear chains which are able to self-assemble into 2D sheets that can roll up to microtubules (Figure 1) [9].

Especially interesting for our approach is the dominance of tubulin microtubules with a Fibonacci protofilament number of pf> = 13 [6].

We want to create a simplified model for such microtubule with pf> = 13, starting with a Fibonacci arrangement of a hexagonal net consisting of 13 subcells, offset by an angle of δ 13 = 13.898 ˚ ( Figure 2).

The starting small cell is then helically wound at the twist angle α. It needs 13-times the small cell lattice parameter asubto reach again identity with a large cell lattice point. It exists between a and asub the relation

a sub = a 13 (1)

The angle α between sub-cell direction and a-axis can be calculated as

δ 13 = arctan ( 5 3 3 ) 30 = 13.898 ˚ . (2)

By a full turn one gains a height in filament direction of

h 13 = 3 2 a = 39 2 a sub π a sub (3)

If you look through the microtubule perpendicular to the filament direction, you will see the mirror image on the back somewhat offset.

From a geometrical viewpoint the importance of protofilament number 13 may be manifested as a sort of frustration due to the almost identical angles between the Fibonacci net offset angle α and the angle α' = 180˚/13 of the base circle

α = 13.898 α = 180 13 = 13.846 (4)

Furthermore it yields

Figure 1. Sketch of a microtubule dipole of helically rolled up tubulin protein subunit chains, consisting of α and β-tubulin. The inner diameter of the hollow cylinder is about 15 nm.

Figure 2. Fibonacci arrangement of a hexagonal net consisting of 13 subcells, offset by an angle of 13.9˚ in comparison to the blue outlined “unit cell” [10] [11].

sin ( α ) π = 0.0764561 1 13 + 1 13 = 0.076470 (5)

Interestingly, we connected the term 1 13 + 1 13 with icosahedron mathematics and used it in our approach of the Moebius-ball electron and in the formula for the gyromagnetic factor of the electron [12].

Geometrical frustration may also be responsible for the matter-antimatter asymmetry [13]. Also interesting is that water is able to form helices of pentagonal or hexagonal symmetry [14]. Such water helices could have served as a scaffold mediating the first assembling of a double-helix of nuclear acids [15]. The bonding angle of water being 104.30˚ can be found by subtracting the angle of arcsin (φ5) = 5.17˚ from the regular tetrahedron angle of 109.47˚ [15].

About the curious angle arcsin (φ5) = 5.17˚ see also a contribution by Fang et al. [16]. Remarkably, the exterior angle of a pentagon of 360˚/5 = 72˚ connects both arcsin (φ5) and the angle α (Equation (4))

72 5.17 = 13.9265 13.898 180 13 = 13.846 (6)

Now, noting the projection of the subcell length asub onto the base circle as b, one gets

b = 7 2 13 a sub (7)

Finally radius and diameter of the helix are determined to be

r 13 = 7 4 13 sin ( α ) a sub = 2.02813 a sub = 7 4 13 sin ( α ) a = 0.5625 a (8)

d 13 9 8 a (9)

The aspect ratio for one full turn is then given as

h 13 d 13 = 3 13 7 sin ( 180 13 ) = 0.76985 4 3 3 (10)

Figure 3 displays a projection of the constructed pf> = 13 microtubule down its filament axis.

Figure 3. Helically twisted microtubule projected down the filament direction with 13 light-blue atoms or atom groups on sub-lattice positions.

The length l0 of a single turn of a helix having height z0 and radius r0 can be calculated by unrolling the helix to a plane and then applying the Pythagorean theorem

l 0 = z 0 2 + 4 π 2 r 0 2 (11)

3. Fibonacci Carbon Nanotubes

When turning now to an actual example of chiral carbon nanotubes, our subcell must be replaced by the hexagon net of graphene. Let us begin with a Fibonacci net with 21 subcells, displayed in the left side of Figure 4. Then remove magenta atoms at the cell origin and the green colored sites to form hexagons. A reduced number of 14 atoms remain as displayed in the right side of Figure 4. Now we rotate the axes and enlarge the cell to create a Fibonacci graphene cell (grafibon), given with a blue unit-cell outlining in Figure 5. It contains the wanted 13 connected hexagons and 26 carbon atoms. Rolling up such a net to a microtubule would deliver a diameter d13g having twice the value of the simple 13-Fibonacci helix, where a sub = 1.42 Å is the C-C distance within a graphene sheet

d 13g = 7 2 13 sin ( 180 13 ) a sub = 4.05626 a sub = 11.52 Å (12)

Figure 4. Fibonacci cell with 21 atoms (left) respectively downsized to 14 atoms (right). Symmetry equivalent positions have given a common color.

Figure 5. Chiral graphene net composed of 13 hexagons within the blue outlined “unit-cell”.

Such a microtubele with an effective hollow cylinder diameter of about 10 Å can take up a lithium ion bearing respectively proton bearing “electrolyte” to mediate electrochemical exchange processes with the microtubule inner surface under the action of electric current or electromagnetic radiation, emitted by biophotons. In this way, interference patterns can be written in and stored via microtubule as biophysical medium.

If one compares for instance the diameter of d13g with that of a buckyball dbb [17] [18] [19], a chiral convex body consisting of 60 carbon atoms, one finds for the last mentioned body a diameter, which is by a factor of about (4/3)2 smaller than d13g

d bb 2 2 φ 1 4.576 a 6.50 Å (13)

where φ = 5 1 2 is the golden mean.

4. Artificial Microtubules from Wadsley-Roth Shear Phases

Wadsley-Roth shear phases (Nb16W5O55 and related super-battery materials) exhibit besides Fibonacci stoichiometry a Fibonacci-like atomic arrangement [8].

The lack of centrosymmetry is connected with a dipole moment. We suggest the possibility to use these phases in form of dipolar microtubules to mimetic tubulin helices with pf> = 13. Such nanotubes could be produces for instance by electro-spinning. Intercalated lithium ions or protons of the material may be thought locally moved out of position by the action of electromagnetic radiation, in this way storing the information of the original electromagnetic field. As proposed for the tubulin microtubules [20], also our inorganic model material could contain ordered water molecules in the channels, which would generate an enhanced electric dipole moment and an electric field.

Figure 6 depicts a projection of the monoclinic crystal structure of Nb12WO33 down [010] [8]. The monoclinic angle of β = 123.6˚ is near 120˚.

A rolling up of such an inorganic structure to polar artificial helical microtubules would provide channels of about 16Å diameter. For simplicity, we will

Figure 6. Crystal structure of Nb12WO33 projected down [010]. Space group C2, a = 22.37 Å, b = 3.825 Å, c = 17.87 Å, β = 123.6˚, Z = 2, Dx = 4.76 Mg∙m−3 [8] [21]. Tungsten (yellow tetrahedra, brownish sphere) joins four neighboring 3 × 4 octahedron blocks. The atomic arrangement highlighted by red lines can be compared with that on the Fibonacci net in Figure 4.

work with a hexagonal lattice with lattice parameter of a ≈ 14.5Å, which is the mean of a and c/2 for monoclinic Nb12WO33 (see Figure 6). Using the approximate relation (8) for a Fibonacci 13-cell we get for the diameter

d 9 8 a = 16.3 Å (14)

There is enough space for taking up a Li+ ion or H+ ion bearing electrolyte. Could we store information in such microtubules creating memory devices? Electromagnetic radiation is thought to be able to shift these Li+ respectively H+ ions within the channels of the structure locally out of position via the action of photons (biophotons) of different energy, in this way storing very fast the entire information of an image by using the superionic property of the structure.

5. Holographic Quiddity of Information Processing

Storing of information as a diffraction pattern (holography) is most effective, because the loss of some information of this pattern is not critical when the pattern is retranslated into the true image by Fourier transform. However, holographic recording and reconstruction of information needs a reference beam to generate such interference patterns. We may ask, whether the special form of a helically twisted microtubule provides inherently such a bio-photonic reference beam? As we know, when we look perpendicularly to the filament direction through the helical microtubule, then we see on the backside the mirrored front side picture, where the reference beam could be generated [15]. It is suggested to think up an optical experiment to verify such conjecture. Biophotonic information transport [22] [23] may be superimposed and supplemented by dissipation-free energy and information transport via chiral solitons associated with microtubule [24]. It points towards the very complex but most effective information processing in our brain. It is highly interesting why Fibonacci number 13 is so often involved in nature’s creations [15].

6. Combined Space - Reciprocal Space Approach

In 1921 P. P. Ewald introduced an approach to determine quite convergent electrostatic lattice potentials (Madelung potentials) by a method that used real space besides reciprocal space calculations [25]. We should check whether our brain could profitably use such a method of information processing by combining direct pictures and diffracted ones. In this way, data loss by termination effects could be avoided quite effectively. Such an approach is also conceivable for computer applications.

7. Ultrafast Speed of Matter Causes Dark Energy Signature

One component that has little considered until now is the effect of dark energy, which is always accompanied with ultrafast movement of matter. We cannot grasp the true magnitude of such biological options, if we ignore this new exciting black dimension. Black energy as a result of strong thought processes may be always around us and is sometimes accused as human charisma or even halo effect. It is an effect that we perceive as entanglement. It is by no means metaphysics, but should be taken seriously as a research object. The relation between matter energy and dark matter energy is quantitatively formulated in the IRT theory, which is actually a local-realistic theory [26], contrary to intrinsically nonlocal interactions [27] [28] [29]. Can dark matter respectively energy be responsible for the synchronization between brains, when musicians play duets, precisely aligned in time [29] [30] ? The reader is invited to study also the recent contribution about the mass constituents of the Universe to understand that matter and dark matter are always intimately connected [13].

8. Conclusion

This contribution summarizes some ideas about artificial microtubules (AMT’s) that may pave the way to better understand human consciousness based onto the effective processing of an uncountable amount of stored information. The author takes nature as model and works with the golden section and with the Fibonacci number series, preferring AMT’s with a protofilament number of 13, exemplified by carbon AMT’s respectively rolled up Fibonacci shear phases of the superionic Nb12WO33 prototype. The concept of a special arrangement of microtubules into a “heavy” hexagonal lattice with numbers that follow the Fibonacci number sequence and with vertices that minimize frequency collisions to protect the system from de-coherence, has been effectively refined again and again in nature by evolution. We should produce such structures to gain technological progress besides understanding how awareness of human existence works. Dark matter or energy, ever accompanied by ultrafast movement of ordinary matter, may be responsible for synchronization and teleportation processes of our brains and for consciousness. The presented new ideas may also serve as example for new computers that work ultrafast with the complex effectiveness of our brains.

Conflicts of Interest

The author declares no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.


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