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

K, actually, this is one of my favorites because it presents the science behind a great deal of my deepest spiritual beliefs. Arthur concludes that Quantum Evolution “does not work”. This is no airplane book—except for those already well-versed in the latest in both evolutionary theory and subatomic physics.

Quantum mechanics is counter-intuitive, deeply mathematical and makes your head hurt. McFadden argues that this larger-scale electromagnetic field in the brain might be a second-level, parallel information processing mechanism. I felt that McFadden did touch on the esoteric possibilities of quantum reality – that there is a common ground linking philosophy, language, mathematics, and science and through extension economics, history, art, etc etc and that the quantum approach could unify all modes of thought – and open up new avenues of self-awareness.

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. If you love science, just read it. No trivia or quizzes yet. Gives a nice overview of the effect of Quantum Mechanics on how life might have originated hypothetically, explained explicitly in the book! But I promise that wasn’t because it was bad.

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Quantum Evolution, by Johnjoe McFadden

This is a fallacious argument from incredulity, which mcfaddden attempts to support by referencing Michael Behe’s Darwin’s Black Box. Otherwise, the book seems to have suffered the indignity of being ignored by the scientific commun 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.


Paul Vittay rated it it was amazing Jan 18, This is basically a response in support of punctuated equilibrium that proposes a quantum level solution.

Now I’m not evokution sure I buy his conclusions at the end. I think this theory needs to be given all due consideration by the scientific community. McFadden voices a new theory that is gaining popularity: Do not read this in bed if your partner is trying to sleep.

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. We know that if you bake a cake, you’re not going to pull a chocolate mousse out of the oven.

A good exploration of how an understanding of quantum mechanics may impact the assumed probabilities of life spontaneously emerging. Well, you can have a gene that’s turned off or turned on. Paperbackpages. 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.

Open Preview See a Problem? Enthusiastic readers may be found, however, among those once immersed in science but who have been away from it for a long time; they will be able to use the beginning as a refresher course and will then be prepared for the main thesis. 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 mfadden attention and is, importantly, testable.

We’ve been able to identify and document a few of these iterations. Operating at two levels, this title may be a hard sell.

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That kick also happens to be from quantum mechanics. Well, this experiments haven’t worked. Piling more nonsense atop of other nonsense is not the way to do science.

I finished the book and googled the topic. 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.

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It means you have organisms unicellular and above. He also refers to perhaps the biggest gaping hole in evolutionary theory remaining — the origin of life.

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. 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.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Read it, and be amazed. 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. Seanlindstedt rated it really liked it Apr 13, 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.

But I can’t think of anything that disproves them either. A select few will happen to help the organism survive a bit more, while the vast majority will be detrimental and cause the organism to become dinner for someone else. 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.

Besides, what could the EM fields do independently of the action potentials? Kja rated it liked it May 05, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

McFadden’s school is listed as the ‘alternative. 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 thought least likely to be directly connected.