Quantum Evolution

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2002 - Science - 338 pages
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"In this debut, Johnjoe McFadden puts forward a novel theory of quantum evolution. He shows how quantum mechanics gives living organisms the ability to initiate specific actions, including new mutations. Indeed, such an ability may be life's most fundamental attribute. This simple but staggering theory has radical implications. Debunking the recent propositions of evolutionary theorists, McFadden argues that evolution may not be random at all. Rather, it may be directed - that is, in certain circumstances, cells may be able to choose to mutate particular genes that provide an advantage in their environment. This property of living organisms to direct their actions undoubtedly lies at the core of the much-disputed issues of consciousness and free will. Quantum Evolution provides a new understanding of the origin of life and the meaning of death."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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QUANTUM EVOLUTION: The New Science of Life

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A scientist argues persuasively that both life and consciousness are quantum phenomena.McFadden (Biology/Univ. of Surrey) has set himself daunting tasks—to account both for the genesis of life and ... Read full review

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I picked this book up after becoming fascinated with the quantum world, as painted by Roger Penrose in his 2 terrific books on its relevance to consciousness. This book does briefly cover ... Read full review

Contents

What Is Life?
1
The Limits of Life
17
Lifes Biggest Action
49
How Did We Get Here?
67
Lifes Actions
103
What Makes Bodies Move?
121
What is Quantum Mechanics?
139
Measurement and Reality
163
The Beginning
219
The Quantum Cell
241
Quantum Evolution
259
Mind and Matter
275
NOTES
317
BIBLIOGRAPHY
327
INDEX
331
Copyright

What Does It All Mean?
189

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About the author (2002)

Johnjoe McFadden is a Reader in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Surrey, England.

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