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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His simple but staggering theory of quantum evolution shows how quantum mechanics gives living organisms the ability to initiate specific actions, including new mutations. As Paul Davies exclaims, “if these ideas are right, they will transform our understanding of Johnjoe McFadden “enters new and provocative territory in evo,ution marriage of physics and biology” Science News. 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.
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To ask other readers questions about Quantum Evolutionplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 15, Lisa Taylor rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is fucking amazing.
Granted it took me a ridiculous amount of time to read it.
Quantum Evolution: How Physics’ Weirdest Theory Explains Life’s Biggest Mystery by Johnjoe McFadden
But I promise that wasn’t because it was bad. 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 book is written so efficiently, almost every sentence gives you some new piece of information. 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. I feel like by reading it I took an entire course in microbiology, an entire course in quantum mechanics minus the math and maybe a partial course or online course in thermodynamics.
Now I’m not entirely sure I buy his conclusions at the end.
But I can’t think of anything that disproves them either. I think this theory needs to be given all due consideration by the scientific community.
Regardless of whether eevolution 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 been ongoing in an attempt to understand evolution better.
You’ll get evoluiton good idea of the things evolution explains beautifully as well as the evolutin 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 evoolution complex organisms like people.
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. If you love science, just read it. Jan 05, Suhas Bhat rated it really liked it. Gives a nice overview of the effect of Quantum Mechanics on how life might have originated hypothetically, explained explicitly in the book!
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. I could only find one jonnjoe review; that of Wallace Arthur in the journal Heredity which can be found here.
Arthur concludes that Quantum Evolution “does not work”. Otherwise, the evolutiob 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.
Otherwise, the book seems to have suffered the indignity of being ignored by the scientific community. McFadden posits that the scientific theory evolution by natural selection is an insufficient explanation in biology.
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This is a fallacious argument from incredulity, which he attempts to support by referencing Michael Behe’s Darwin’s Black Box. Behe’s bizarre views on biology and evolution have been thoroughly discredited elsewhere. Piling more nonsense atop of other nonsense is not the way to do science. Quantum mechanics is counter-intuitive, deeply mathematical and makes your head hurt.
As a scientist, that makes it difficult to explain to a general audience. McFadden isn’t a physicist – but Matthew J. Donald, who is – describes McFadden’s use of quantum mechanics as “deeply flawed”.
In short, this appears to be classic “quantum woo”. If you want a primer on quantum mechanics, look elsewhere. A common misconception is that science progresses through massive paradigm shifts – it generally doesn’t. McFadden apparently thought that he was creating a “new science of life”, yet 15 years after this massively vain overstatement, this remains an obscure work of little to no scientific relevance, in which the author over-reaches himself by making grand claims about areas of science that he doesn’t understand.
Nov 21, Peter rated it it was ok. At first I was very intrigued. Later I lost the thread and got confused. I finished the book and googled the topic. There are apparently 2 schools of thought concerning Quantum Evolution. McFadden’s school is mcfaddwn as the ‘alternative.
Personally I think Mr. McFadden overstates his case. Dec 11, Leftjab rated it really liked it. I mean, I get the now seemingly 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 I felt that McFadden did touch on evolhtion 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.
I was drawn to the book as McFadden tried to illustrate how quantum physics could evoltion applied to evolution in order to solve one of the pesky unanswered questions in evolutionary theory – how did organic life begin on earth? To me, he still didn’t nail the question as I can’t see quantum physics applied to the literal world sure, there might be multiverses and parallel universes and everything else possibly out there, but we can only perceive of this world – so all that is theoryand since we are organic beings and the organic processes had an origin on earth, applying a purely theoretical solution to a non-theoretical question well BUT much of the book was over my head and I felt that I would be returning to the book in the future to try to sort qunatum much of what McFadden was trying to say, which I found quantym to no end.
More often facts are stranger than fiction.
Quantum Evolution, by Johnjoe McFadden
This is basically a response in support of punctuated equilibrium that proposes a quantum level solution. Some interesting stuff for thought here, but I’m not convinced. Well, you can have a gene that’s turned off or turned on.
What’s offered here is a third option: We know that something is or it isn’t and that variations happen for a reason. We know that if you bake a cake, you’re not going to pull a chocolate mousse out of the This is basically a response in support johnjor punctuated equilibrium that proposes a quantum level solution. We know that if you bake a evilution, you’re not going to pull a chocolate mousse out of the oven. The theory puts forth that you could The book also covers experiments in which evolution is attempted to be kick-started bu recreating the supposed primordial soup to see what evolves.
Well, this experiments haven’t worked. 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 joynjoe to recreate in an experiment.
What we do know, is that life finds a ncfadden. What does that mean? It means you have organisms unicellular and above. They exist because they have been able to thrive in the current environment. Then there johjoe a trauma – a scarcity of a needed resources which forces the organism to adapt.
In this case, we had had anaerobic bacteria partner with aerobic bacteria to survive – when excretes what the other needs in a symbiotic fashion. There is either an inherent genetic potential quanntum do so live or not die mcfadddn is what we call natural selection. The greater the genetic variability, the greater the likelihood that some genetic strain will be able to adapt evolutiln survive.
We’ve been able to identify and document a few of these iterations. 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. Aug 16, Adam rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Two or more people reading at the same time.
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! Do not read this in bed if your partner is trying to sleep.
This gets around the thorny problem of fvolution in evolution also known as the “flying dragons” or “what use is an eye halfway through it’s evolution” problem. Factor in the multiverse and a quantum take on Decarte’s “I think therefore I am” philosophy and you’ve got quntum one incredible book.
Read it, and be amazed. K, actually, this is one of my favorites because it presents the science behind a great deal of my deepest spiritual beliefs.
It is, however, not an easy read if you aren’t accustomed to scientific language. 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. This is a science book-that is FUN to read. It was a great refresher on quantum theory which I totally didn’t evoluiton in P-Chem!