Human Superposition Allows for Large-Scale Quantum Computing

  • Bruce LevinsonEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems book series (LNNS, volume 70)


Quantum computing is not confined to qubits in carefully controlled environments, it also takes place on a human scale. This paper will show that the process by which the Inuit elders make food security predictions on behalf of their people—and the instructions for how to test those predictions—constitute a quantum computing exercise. The elders’ food security predictions require calculations about environmental systems and their complex interactions based on (1) a millennium or more of the Inuit people’s experiences and (2) a continually evolving understanding of these experiences. When the elders engage in their decision-making process, they achieve superposition—that is to say that the elders, collectively, are able to achieve a unified perspective that encompasses the sum total unique understanding of the world of each elder. Inuit Indigenous Knowledge, which has produced robust and reliable food security predictions for centuries, is consistent with quantum mechanics. Conclusion: Inuit Indigenous Knowledge is a scientific system comparable to—and deserving of acceptance by scientists and governments as being of equal stature to—“Western” science.


Environmental Food security Inuit people Indigenous knowledge Quantum computing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Regulatory EffectivenessWashington, DCUSA

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