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

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. Behe’s bizarre views on biology and evolution have been thoroughly discredited elsewhere.

johnjeo Michalak rated it liked it Dec 28, Everyone get in the TimeBlimp!!! 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. What’s offered here is a third option: Aug 16, Adam rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Well, this experiments haven’t worked.

Nerve cells johnjo to do a lot of crystal meth.

Larissa Steinberg rated it liked it Jun 05, It means you have organisms unicellular and above. Paul Vittay rated it it was amazing Jan 18, There was a lot of talk of electrons hanging out in the bottom of quantum wells, or of hydrogen atoms hanging out in otherwise empty space, or other very simple, jojnjoe situations.

There are apparently 2 schools of thought concerning Quantum Evolution. Now Quxntum not entirely sure I buy his conclusions at the end. Those mutations that evoluton to cause advantages will naturally stick around, since the organisms carrying them will outlive all other variants of the species.

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.


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.

The copying took off, feeding back on itself to generate lots more copies of this molecule, as each new copy can start making copies itself. Sarah rated it liked it Feb 22, Trivia About Quantum Evolution 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.

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

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.

Norton Company first published January wvolution I think this theory needs to be given all due consideration by the scientific community. Jacob rated it liked it Jan 15, 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!

McFadden posits that the scientific theory evolution by natural selection is an insufficient explanation in biology.

Quantumm more nonsense atop of other nonsense is not the way to quwntum science. Books by Johnjoe McFadden. 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.

Imagine a tide pool on ancient earth, where a little bit of brown glop over in the corner contains some molecules that are on their way to becoming self-replicating. Granted it took me a ridiculous amount of time to read it. A common misconception is that science progresses through massive paradigm shifts – it generally doesn’t. Wes Roberts rated it really liked it Jan 17, No trivia or quizzes yet. But reaching them in particular will be a challenge for booksellers.


You stole our lunch money, but we forgive you. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This is basically a response in support of punctuated equilibrium that proposes a quantum level solution. K, actually, this is one of my favorites because it presents the science behind a great deal of my deepest spiritual beliefs. As a scientist, that makes it difficult to explain to a general audience.

This is reminiscent of how quantum computers will eventually be used — they are designed to farm out parallel computation to various quantum states of the computer, all of which can exist simultaneously in a quantum superposition.

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. Layers of understanding about the unfathomable peculiarities of fundamental particles lead to amazing possibilities. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

In short, this appears to be classic mcfdaden woo”. We know that something is or it isn’t and that variations happen for a reason. Yaru Lin rated it really liked it Jul 16, I could only find one professional review; that of Wallace Arthur in the journal Heredity which can be found here.

His simple but staggering theory of quantum evolution shows how quantum mechanics gives living organisms the ability to initiate specific actions, including new mutations.

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Interesting points of view – he’s one of my old Uni lecturers. Some interesting stuff for thought here, but I’m not convinced. 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 mcfafden irrefutable reality.