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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But I can’t think of anything that disproves them either.

I could only find one professional review; that of Wallace Arthur in the journal Heredity which can be found here. Then there is a trauma – a scarcity of a needed resources which forces the organism to adapt. 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.

Posted by timeadmin at 7: Molecular biologist Johnjoe McFadden risks the Inquisition by suggesting just such a possibility in Quantum Evolution: This is a science book-that is FUN to read. Yaru Lin rated it really liked it Jul 16, You stole our lunch money, but we forgive you.

Donald, who is – describes McFadden’s use of quantum mechanics as “deeply flawed”.

As Paul Davies exclaims, “if these ideas are right, they will transform wvolution 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. Later I lost the thread and got confused.


Shannon rated it really liked it Mar 06, McFadden posits that the scientific theory evolution by natural selection is an insufficient explanation in biology. 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.

Quantum Evolution: Life in the Multiverse (2011)

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. 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.

Ethan Stanton rated it it was amazing Jun 19, 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 been ongoing in an attempt to understand evolution better. The theory presented is definitely just a theory Other Books Life on the Edge: Quantum Evolution, by Johnjoe McFadden. Emilio J Garcia rated it it was amazing Apr 07, 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 of punctuated equilibrium that proposes a quantum level solution.

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I was drawn to the wuantum as McFadden tried to illustrate how quantum physics could be applied to evolution in order to solve one of the pesky unanswered questions in evolutionary theory – how did organic life begin on earth? 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 Thanks for telling us about the problem.

McFadden isn’t a physicist – but Matthew J. This is a fallacious argument from incredulity, which he attempts to support by referencing Michael Behe’s Darwin’s Black Box.

Quantum Evolution: Life in the Multiverse | Johnjoe Mcfadden

Aug 16, Adam rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Michelle Lilith rated it it was amazing Aug 08, What chance is there that it happened completely by chance?

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. Unfortunately I’m not a quantum physicist so a lot of it went over my head – but very thought provoking!