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Quantum Evolution: Life in the Multiverse

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Quantum Evolution presents a revolutionary new scientific theory by asking: is there a force of will behind evolution? In his astonishing first book, Johnjoe McFadden shows that there is.

‘McFadden’s bold hypothesis that quantum physics plays a key role in the origin and evolution of life looks increasingly plausible. The weird behaviour of matter and information at the qua
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 4th 2011 by Flamingo (first published January 1st 2000)
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Lisa Taylor
This book is fucking amazing.

Granted it took me a ridiculous amount of time to read it. But I promise that wasn't because it was bad. It was just so packed full of information, that I wanted to make sure I actually learned it, so I literally had to stop and process every few pages. This book is written so efficiently, almost every sentence gives you some new piece of information. I feel like by reading it I took an entire course in microbiology, an entire course in quantum mechanics (minus the m
Suhas Bhat
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gives a nice overview of the effect of Quantum Mechanics on how life might have originated hypothetically, explained explicitly in the book!
Dec 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, non-fiction
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.

I could only find one professional review; that of Wallace Arthur in the journal Heredity (which can be found here). Arthur concludes that Quantum Evolution "does not work". Otherwise, the book seems to have suffered the indignity of being ignored by the scientific commun
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I understood most of this - I feel like with anything dealing with quantum physics/mechanics I really would need some sort of animated images to really grasp it. 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.... There seem t ...more
Arnold Grot
It was one James Rollin’s recommend readings from his Sigma Series books. More often facts are stranger than fiction.
Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-non, science
This is basically a response in support of punctuated equilibrium that proposes a quantum level solution. Some interesting stuff for thought here, but I'm not convinced. What is it? Well, you can have a gene that's turned off or turned on. What's offered here is a third option: turned both on and off, kinda like Schrodinger's cat.

We know that something is or it isn't and that variations happen for a reason. We know that if you bake a cake, you're not going to pull a chocolate mousse out of the
Aug 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Two or more people reading at the same time.
Shelves: best-of-breed
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! Do not read this in bed if your partner is trying to sleep. You will find yourself continuously waking him/her up with a "Did you have any idea that ...!"

The crux of of McFadden's theory (as I remember it) is that our bodies themselves act as "observers" of quantum particles (forcing them continuously ou
Oct 02, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: scientific religious enthusiasts
Shelves: philosophy
K, actually, this is one of my favorites because it presents the science behind a great deal of my deepest spiritual beliefs. It is, however, not an easy read if you aren't accustomed to scientific language. 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 do) irrefutable reality. Good stuff!
Kristen Blankenship
This is a science book-that is FUN to read. It was a great refresher on quantum theory (which I totally didn't get in P-Chem!). The theory presented is definitely just a theory...and many evolutionary biologists seem to think this guy is a quack...but this is typically how paradigm shifts begin! Overall it is written well enough that this sceince-laden book is a quick read! Enjoy!
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
A good exploration of how an understanding of quantum mechanics may impact the assumed probabilities of life spontaneously emerging.
Feb 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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Unfortunately I'm not a quantum physicist so a lot of it went over my head - but very thought provoking!
Apr 22, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular-physics
recommended by Zanardi
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Interesting points of view - he's one of my old Uni lecturers.
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