Quantum Evolution

Quantum Evolution

Book - 2001
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Living Organisms are controlled by a single molecule -- DNA. The study of modern physics tells us that the behavior of single molecules is governed not by familiar classical laws but by the strange laws of quantum mechanics. The biological applications of this principle have never been fully explored -- until now. McFadden's novel theory of quantum evolution shows how quantum mechanics endows living organisms with the ability to initiate specific actions, including new mutations. This simple but staggering theory has radical implications.

Debunking the recent propositions of evolutionary theorists, McFadden argues that evolution may not be random at all. Rather, it may be directed -- that is, in certain circumstances, cells may be able to choose to mutate particular genes that provide an advantage in their environment. This property of living organisms to direct their actions undoubtedly lies at the core of the much disputed issues of consciousness and free will.

Publisher: New York : Norton, 2001.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780393050417
Branch Call Number: 576.8 McFa
Characteristics: 338 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Feb 18, 2014

The author is probably far more intelligent than I'll ever be, be I don't believe he presented an adequate argument. He dismisses outright the thesis of Roger Penrose and Douglas Hameroff, that the neuron is not the basic unit for brain information, but another system composed of microtubules and filaments which are the basic thought structures. This book was published in 2000, well before the 2005 experiments (since replicated) which isolated the " Jennifer Anniston neuron " - - showing how a SINGLE neuron responds to a popular actress (in men) or actor (in women), thus lending much credence to the Penrose/Hameroff thesis. I still subscribe to Laplace, and until the extradimensionality of quantum entanglement is ever fully understood, we are still grasping at straws, although I believe that tne firing of neurons, and em fields in three dimension within the brain, does indeed create multiple feedback loops.

Feb 04, 2014

The first half of the book is an adequate if somewhat superficial introduction to basic aspects of evolutionary and quantum theories. In contrast, the second half, where the author relates his own notions of the roles quantum mechanics has played and is playing in the processes of evolution and consciousness, is downright dangerous. The language is simple enough for a novice laymen to understand, and the ideas appealing enough for the uncritical novice to accept unduly. Though balanced precariously on the edge of pseudoscience, the author's thesis is perhaps worth grappling with. Prior knowledge definitely recommended. Critical analysis necessary.


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