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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What’s offered here is a third option: Read with a dictionary in hand, and only if you fundamentally believe that quantum physics is at least possible, if not plausible or as I do irrefutable reality.

Traversing all the great thinkers who laid the foundations of biology, genetics, physics, chemistry and mechanics, the first half is written for those with very little or no knowledge of science. Personally I think Mr. This book is evoltion amazing. At first I was very intrigued. Open Preview See a Problem? McFadden argues that the likelihood of DNA, proteins, and most importantly molecules that can reproduce themselves evolving purely through random chance is quite low, and needs a kick to make it plausible.

John rated it really liked it Mar 29, But reaching them in particular will be a challenge for booksellers. Jacob rated it liked it Jan 15, Johnjoe McFadden has mcfadren a theory that combines quantum mechanics and evolution, sort of an end-run connecting the two areas of science I would have thought least likely to be directly connected. Johnjoe McFadden “enters new and provocative territory in his marriage of physics and biology” Science News.

Quantum Evolution: The New Science of Life

It means you have organisms unicellular and above. You’ll get a good idea of the things evolution explains evolutiob as well as the holes in evolution that we haven’t quite figured out yet, and you’ll get a detailed explanation as to how each and every one of these things work, from the most basic cells all the way to complex organisms like people.

There is some support that it is cyclical, but in the end it still Darwinian in that you must be able to johnjof, thrive, and reproduce.

I finished the book and googled the topic. 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. This is basically a response in support of punctuated equilibrium that proposes a quantum level solution. Interesting points of view – he’s one of my old Uni lecturers.

Yaru Lin rated it really liked it Jul 16, As Paul Davies exclaims, “if these ideas are right, they will transform our understanding of the relationship between physics and biology” and may radically revise the notion of random evolution and the debate over consciousness and free will.

It seems to me, though, that my lack of understanding is as much from him abusing the ideas of quantum mechanics as it is from me not doing my evoultion mechanics homework back in school.

Quantum Evolution, by Johnjoe McFadden. Granted it took me a ridiculous amount of time to read it. Directed at a general but somewhat sophisticated readership, the book covers the basics of both standard evolutionary theory and quantum-level physics, then synthesizes them in an interesting theory of made-to-order mutation that explains enough to warrant attention and is, importantly, testable.

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.

The New Science of Life 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.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It was a great refresher on quantum theory which I totally didn’t get in P-Chem! Michalak rated it liked it Dec 28, He also refers to perhaps the biggest gaping hole in evolutionary theory remaining — the origin of life.

Quantum Evolution: Life in the Multiverse | Johnjoe Mcfadden

Any given neuron is mainly affected by the handful of other cells that make direct connections with it, and so what that neuron does either fire an action potential or not fire at any given moment is basically a result of what the cells connecting to it are telling it. Piling more nonsense atop of other nonsense is not the way to do science.

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Readers wanting to learn about science and how scientists think would be well advised to bear in mind that this work reflects the author’s extremely idiosyncratic views on biology and that a mainstream consensus isn’t presented. Shannon rated it really liked it Mar 06, To ask other readers questions about Quantum Evolutionplease sign up.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In this case, we had had anaerobic bacteria partner with aerobic bacteria to survive – when excretes what the mcfaddn needs in a symbiotic fashion. 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. Dec 11, Leftjab rated it really liked it. Posted by timeadmin at 7: Refresh and try again.

Donald, who is – describes McFadden’s use of quantum mechanics as “deeply flawed”.

Paul Vittay rated it it was amazing Jan 18, His simple but staggering theory of quantum evolution shows how quantum mechanics gives living organisms the ability to initiate specific actions, including new mutations.

Everyone get in the TimeBlimp!!! We know that something is or it isn’t and that variations happen for a reason. Just wuantum your computer processes information by sending electricity around in little wires, your brain processes information by sending little pulses of electricity around among nerve cells. They exist because they have been able to thrive in the current environment. It is, however, not an easy read if you aren’t accustomed to scientific language.

Sarah rated it liked it Feb 22, Jan 05, Suhas Bhat rated it really liked it.