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 we do know, is that life finds a way. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In short, this appears to be classic “quantum woo”. 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.

I finished the book and googled the topic. We know that if you bake a cake, you’re not going to pull quamtum chocolate mousse out of the 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.

A good exploration of how an understanding of quantum mechanics may impact the assumed probabilities of life spontaneously emerging. Some interesting stuff for thought here, but I’m not convinced. McFadden argues that the odds were helped along by quantum mechanics — he suggests that the initial fumbling around in ancient tidepools to generate the first self-replicating molecule was quantum-mechanical, so the candidate molecules existed as superpositions of many different configurations simultaneously.

It is, however, not an easy read if you aren’t accustomed to scientific language. McFadden voices a new theory that is gaining popularity: The New Science of Life. You’ll get a good idea of the things evolution explains beautifully 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.

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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.

Quantum Evolution: Life in the Multiverse (2011)

Suffusion theme by Sayontan Sinha. 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. As Paul Davies exclaims, “if these ideas are right, they will transform our understanding of the relationship between physics and biology” and mcfxdden radically revise the notion of random evolution and the debate over consciousness and free will.

I think this theory needs to be given all due consideration by the scientific community. Trivia About Quantum Evolution But evoking quantum mechanics, the molecule can try out all kinds of different arrangements simultaneously, and the one variety that can self-replicate will pop the molecule out of the quantum superposition automatically.

Evolutiom is a science book-that is FUN to read. The rewards of reading are great, and the author bows just enough to established theory that he might meet the fate of his intellectual predecessors.

Regardless of whether you think he’s right, reading this book will give you a solid understanding of the theory of evolution thus far, and what kinds of experiments have johnjow ongoing in an attempt to understand evolution better. Ethan Stanton rated it it was amazing Jun 19, Larissa Steinberg rated it liked it Jun 05, 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.

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Arthur concludes that Quantum Evolution “does not work”. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Jacob rated it liked it Jan 15, His simple but staggering theory of quantum evolution shows how quantum mechanics gives living organisms the ability to initiate specific actions, including new mutations. Seriously, even if he had made no conclusion and just left this to be an informative book, I would have LOVED it because of the thoroughness of his explanation.

Quantum Evolution, by Johnjoe McFadden. Well, you can have a gene that’s turned off or turned on. Personally I think Mr. 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! The hairiest heresy of evolutionary biology, the one most likely to get scientists figuratively burned at the stake, is the notion that any force more selective than blind chance could drive mutation.


I could only find one professional review; that of Wallace Arthur in the journal Heredity which can be found here. 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. 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 quantum mechanics homework back in school.

And that self-replicating version of the molecule serves as the observer to collapse the quantum wavefunction.

Johnjoe McFadden has constructed a theory that combines quantum mechanics and evolution, sort of an end-run connecting the two areas of science I would have mcradden least likely to be directly connected. Do not read this in bed if your partner is trying to sleep. Return quangum Book Page. It was just so packed full of information, that I wanted to make sure I actually learned it, so I literally had to stop and process every few pages. This gets around the thorny problem of atomicity in evolution also known as the “flying dragons” or “what use is an eye halfway through it’s evolution” problem.

Quantum Evolution: How Physics’ Weirdest Theory Explains Life’s Biggest Mystery

A common misconception is that science progresses through massive paradigm shifts – it generally doesn’t. Behe’s bizarre views on biology and evolution have been thoroughly discredited elsewhere. Mcfadddn I’m not entirely sure I buy his conclusions at the end.