Posts Tagged ‘tryptophan’

Quantum criticality

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This article discusses the earlier Arxiv paper, Quantum Criticality at the Origins of Life, authored by Gabor Vattay, Stuart Kauffman et al. Electrical conduction is normally associated with the movement of electrons through conductive materials such as metals. However, this type of conduction is not seen as normal for organic systems. Hole and electron transport mechanisms have problems with the size of band gaps.

Anaesthetics and consciousness

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Anaesthetics act in quantum channels in brain microtubules to prevent consciousness Travis Craddock, Stuart Hammerof, Jack Tuszynski et al, Nova Southeastern University, University of Alberta  ::  www.benthamscience.com/journal/ Summary and review of the above paper INTRODUCTION:  Recent research into the binding of anaesthetic molecules looks to revive the idea of hydrophobic pockets in the microtubules of neurons as the most suitable binding site for anaesthetic molecules. This could 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 […]

Trytophan’s gate to consciousness

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Stockholm: Towards a Science of Consciousness Conference Is Tryptophan the gate to consciousness? & should the Penrose/Hameroff theory be inverted/simplified Refers to talks by Travis Craddock (University of Alberta) and Rafael Malach (Weizmann Institute) The argument as to whether quantum coherence could be related to consciousness underwent a fundamental shift in 2007. Up to that time the sceptics had a prima facie case against coherence being able to survive for sufficiently long Read more […]