Archive for the ‘Quantum Biology’ Category

Orch OR objections

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Achilles’ heels of the Orch OR model NeuroQuantology, March 2007, Vol 5, Issue 1, pp. 182-5 www.neuroquantology.com/ Summary and review of the above paperin fact Every new entrant to consciousness studies has to prove their worth by refuting Penrose, although this is often at the expense of reducing their own credibility. The core argument in this paper is that when a subjective experience involves a perception that is untrue, such that something belongs to you when it belongs to someone Read more […]

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Coherent energy transfer

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The feasibility of coherent energy transfer in microtubules Travis Craddock et al, Nova Southeastern University http://arxiv.org/abs/1405.3170 Summary and review of the above paper INTRODUCTION:  Craddock’s paper emphasises the strong similarities between tryptophan complexes in microtubules and quantum coherent energy transfer in photosynthesis, a connection which is dumbed out in most discussions of quantum biology. The microtubules are themselves closely connected to mitochondria; Read more […]

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Neurons specialised for individual taste qualia

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Brain’s taste secrets uncovered Based on BBC Health and Nature www.nature.com/ Summary and review of the above article A study at Columbia University has demonstrated the specialised nature of neurons related to taste. The tongue has about 8,000 taste buds. Each bud is able to respond to the full range of salty, bitter, sour, sweet and umami. However, these versatile taste buds in fact contain specialised cells which respond to only one of these tastes. It was found that stimuli acting Read more […]

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Organic molecules in interstellar dust clouds

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Molecule discovery suggests life could have started in space Focus: Science and Technology, Issue 275, December 2014 sciencefocus.com/ Summary and review of the above article An isopropyl cyanide molecule, the largest and most complex molecule to date found in interstellar space, has been discovered by the Atacama array in Chile. The discovery was located in a star-forming gas cloud. Dust in the cloud becomes heated, and chemical reactions on dust particles can give rise to complex molecules. Read more […]

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Brain regions related to quantum coherence

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Common Origins Biological details based on ‘Molecular Biology of the Cell’, Bruce Alberts et al INTRODUCTION: Research since 2007 has shown that quantum coherence is utilised in increasing the efficiency of energy transfer in photosynthetic systems. What has not been emphasised in the discussion of this research is that the mitochondria that produce energy in animals cells probably evolved from the same type of bacteria as the chloroplasts of modern plant systems. Evolution tends to retain Read more […]

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European robin migration

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Bird migration may be facilitated by an ability to see and navigate the Earth’s magnetic field. The process is suggested as being started by light entering a bird’s eye. Light would excite two electrons of a molecule in the bird’s eye in such a way that one electron was moved to another molecule. However, the two electrons would remain quantum entangled despite being separated. This means that a change in the spin or magnetic orientation of one electron would immediately alter the spin of its entangled partner.

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Energy levels in microtubules

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Atomic water channel controlling remarkable properties of a single brain microtubule: Correlating single protein to its supramolecular assembly Satyajit Sahu & Anirban Bandyopadhyay et al, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan Biosensors and Bioelectronics 47 141-148, 21 February 2013 Summary and review of the above paper INTRODUCTION: The authors say the prior to this paper the properties of tubulin and microtubules were not extensively studies using the up-to-date technologies Read more […]

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Quantum entanglement in hot systems

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Persistent dynamic entanglement from classical motion: How bio-molecular machines can generate non-trivial quantum states Guerreschi, G., Cai, J., Popescu, S. & Briegel, H., Universities of Innsbruck, Ulm and Bristol arXiv: 1111.2126v1 [quant-ph] 9 Nov 2011 http://arxiv.org/ The authors’ model studies the cyclic regeneration of quantum entanglement in hot systems. This looks to open the road to modelling or even experimental simulation that would constitute a possible test for/falsification Read more […]

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Protein structure and function

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Protein Structure and Function Gregory Petsko & Dagmar Ringe Oxford University Press, 2009 Keyword:  biochemical functions of proteins, enzyme proteins, resonance This book is summarised simply as a useful recent text book on protein with no reference to consciousness. The summary is provided, because  of the indications, highlighted on the rest of this site, that the physical presence of consciousness in the brain is in some bound up with the mechanism of protein, which even in Read more […]

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Introduction to protein

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Introduction to Protein Structure (Part 1: Basic structural principles and folding of protein) Carl Branden & John Toose, Karolinska Institute & Imperial Cancer Research Taylor & Francis Group The preface of this book sets out the tenet that biological reactions cannot be understood except through the structure of participating molecules. The functional properties of protein depend on their three-dimensional structure. Proteins are formed out of chains of amino acids known as Read more […]

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