Posts Tagged ‘quantum biology’

Quantum biology

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LIFE on the EDGE Jim Al-Khalili & Johnjoe McFadden, Surrey University (2014) Summary and review of the above book INTRODUCTION: This book is important in trying to bring a serious discussion of quantum biology to a lay audience. The continuing need to bring quantum biology into the mainstream is indicated by the sceptical tone of some of the book’s reviewers and the still sparse start-class article provided on Wikipedia. The main drive of the book is to indicate that quantum coherence Read more […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Our Mathematical Universe

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Our Mathematical Universe Max Tegmark (2014) Summary and review of the above book The first part of this book is a readable guide to understanding physics and cosmology. Where it goes wrong is that the author gets out of his depth in trying to extend to non-consensual areas such as time, reality and consciousness. The discussion here starts well in identifying that the brain constructs a model of reality, which is consciousness, helped by the integrative brain hub scheme developed by neuroscientists Read more […]

A hard problem & a hard place

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Consciousness and physics: A hard problem leads to a hard place If consciousness is related to quantum biology, the study of consciousness is going to require some concept of the underlying physics, however unpalatable this may be to some of us. We are dealing with a hard problem, and we will have to come to a hard place to solve it. The summary below attempts to provide a very simplified version of the necessary underlying physics drawn from conventional sources. Atomic bonds:  The overlap Read more […]

Quantum biology notes

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Quantum biology on the edge of quantum chaos Gabor Vattay, Stuart Kauffman & Samuli Niiranen http://arXiv:1202.6433vl [cond-mat-nn] 29 February 2012 http://arxiv.org/ The authors look for an organising principle to explain the lengthened decoherence time, which recent findings suggest may be ubiquitous in biological systems. P. They attempt to explain why quantum coherence can persist for longer than previously anticipated in biological systems. They also try to show that complex Read more […]

Quantum biology lecture

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Quantum biology lecture at the Royal Institution Jim Al-Khalili, Surrey University Lecture at the Royal Institution, 2013 INTRODUCTION:  In many ways this was an excellent lecture in providing a clear popularisation of the emerging area of quantum biology, something which is still tending to be noised out as being pseudoscience by the less up to date parts of the mainstream. That said, there is a suspicion of elements of spin, and in particular a desire to present a popularised version Read more […]