Quantum Evolution presents a revolutionary new scientific theory by asking: is there a force of will behind evolution? In his astonishing first book, Johnjoe. Molecular biologist Johnjoe McFadden risks the Inquisition by suggesting just such a possibility in Quantum Evolution: The New Science of Life. Directed at a. Johnjoe McFadden “enters new and provocative territory in his marriage of physics and biology” (Science News). His simple but staggering theory of quantum.
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But at some point, one of those quantum states did consist of a self-replicator, and by definition, once it popped into existence it started to make copies of itself. Things get reeeallllyy wacky at the end of the book, when McFadden turns his attention to the brain, specifically to consciousness. But I can’t quabtum of anything that disproves them either.
Quantum Evolution: How Physics’ Weirdest Theory Explains Life’s Biggest Mystery by Johnjoe McFadden
The New Science of Life. I mean, I get the now mcfqdden maligned Schrodinger’s Cat illustration of basic elements of the quantum universe, and I see how applying that to all aspects of science thus making determinism archaic complicates much of what we know in the pursuit of answering more questions about our world and our universe Brain cells are electrical — all those little ions shuffling back and forth across the cell membrane cause little electromagnetic fields in the space around the cells.
Paul Vittay rated it it was amazing Jan 18, Factor in the multiverse and a quantum take on Decarte’s “I think therefore I am” philosophy and you’ve got yourself one incredible book.
BUT much of the book was over my head and I felt that I would be returning quqntum the book in the future to try to sort out much of what McFadden was trying to say, which I found intriguing to no end. Arthur concludes that Quantum Evolution “does not work”. Sarah rated it liked it Feb 22, We know that if you bake a cake, you’re not going to pull a chocolate mousse out of the oven.
There is some support that it is cyclical, but in the end it still Darwinian in that you must be able to adapt, thrive, and reproduce. This is completely against the grain of modern neuroscience — pretty much everyone thinks that consciousness and any other information-processing your brain does is done by the action potentials, by the individual neurons sending messages to each other.
This book is written so efficiently, almost every sentence gives you some new piece of information. Besides, what could the EM fields do independently of the action potentials?
I think this theory needs to be given all due consideration by the scientific community. The greater the genetic variability, the greater the likelihood that some genetic strain will be mcfzdden to adapt and survive. He also refers to perhaps the biggest gaping hole in evolutionary theory remaining — the origin of life.
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Unfortunately I’m not a quantum physicist so a lot of it went over my head – but very thought provoking! Johnjoe McFadden has constructed a theory that combines quantum mechanics and evolution, sort of an end-run connecting the two areas of science Jihnjoe would have thought least likely to be directly connected. Containing both an introduction to quantum physics and the probabilistic universe, and McFadden’s theory on how quantum theory intersects with evolution, this book is a page by page gasp-a-thon!
K, actually, this is one of my favorites because it presents the science behind a great deal of my deepest spiritual beliefs.
It was a great refresher on quantum theory which I totally didn’t get in P-Chem! At first I was very intrigued.
Quantum Evolution: How Physics’ Weirdest Theory Explains Life’s Biggest Mystery
What chance is there that it happened completely by chance? Now I’m not entirely sure I buy his conclusions at the end. Behe’s bizarre views on biology and evolution have been thoroughly discredited elsewhere.
Quantum mechanics is counter-intuitive, deeply mathematical and makes your head hurt. Imagine a tide wuantum on ancient earth, where a little bit of brown glop over in the corner contains some molecules that are on their way to becoming self-replicating. The book also covers experiments in which evolution is attempted to be kick-started bu recreating the supposed primordial soup to see what evolves. It was just so packed full of information, that I wanted to make sure I actually learned quantuk, so I literally had to stop and process every few pages.
I would suspect that having a planet in general perceived status for a few billion years, and then changing would put some real harsh blockers in trying to recreate in an experiment.
Suffusion theme by Sayontan Sinha. Nov 21, Peter rated it it was ok. But reaching them in particular will be a challenge for booksellers.
Quantum Evolution, by Johnjoe McFadden
Timeblimp on Twitter Follow Timeblimp on Twitter. Well, this experiments haven’t worked. Some interesting stuff for thought here, but I’m not convinced. I feel like by reading it I took an entire course in microbiology, an entire course in quantum mechanics minus the m This book is fucking amazing. A common misconception evolutiom that science progresses through massive paradigm shifts – it generally doesn’t.
I finished the book and googled the topic. This is reminiscent of how quantum computers will eventually be used — they are designed to farm out parallel computation to various quantum states of the computer, all of joynjoe can exist simultaneously in a quantum superposition.
I could only find one professional review; that of Wallace Arthur in the journal Heredity which can be found here. The transitions between even widely disparate topics are flawless and build a coherent picture of the complexity of even the simplest organisms. The EM fields ought to be faint echoes of the states of the neurons in the local area, sort of an average of the voltage of all the cells nearby.
McFadden isn’t a physicist – but Matthew J. Yaru Lin rated it really liked it Jul 16, Interesting points of view – he’s one of my old Uni lecturers.
Kja rated it liked it May 05,