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McFadden and Al Khalili explore the ole of uantum mechanics in living organisms This new field of uantum biology is finding that life lies on the edge between classical and uantum physics thus the title of the book The authors do not believe in any spiritual or mystical influences Bayou Country Bloodsport rather they dig deeply into biochemistry They identify specific situations in which the uantum properties of electrons and protons influence organic processes McFadden and Al Khalili explain without math theelevant attributes of the uantum world wave particle duality uantum tunneling superposition and entanglement They begin each case with a story and then delve into the chemistry and physics behind it How does the European obin find its way each year from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean and back How does the Monarch butterfly make its way across North America to its winter hideout in the mountains of Mexico Monarchs and the European obin have the protein cryptochrome enabling them to navigate using the earth s magnetic field I was struck by the fact that the monarchs that eturn every summer are the grandchildren of those that left The monarchs breed in oute and their progeny continue the journey somehow knowing the way The authors note that many animals plants and even microbes use cryptochrome for magnetic field detection Cryptochrome contains free adicals molecules with an unpaired electron in the outer shell Particles in cryptochrome molecules can align their spin to the earth s magnetic field allowing the obins and monarchs to detect the way towards or away from the euator McFadden and Al Kahlili explain the uantum property of spin to help us understand how cryptochrome works It s counterintuitive uantum spin is not like anything we are familiar with in the macro world A particle s spin can be one direction or the other up or down or it can spin in both directions at the same time superposition Pairs of electrons forming chemical bonds become entangled so that when one changes its spin state so does the other Until measured both electrons are in superposition spinning both up and down at the same time When either one is measured both change to a single spin direction instantaneously Fascinatingly the spin of entangled particles stay coordinated even after the bond is broken and they are separated by large distances The author s explain how changes to the uantum state of spin signal to the organism the orientation of the magnetic field It s complicated The book provides the detailsMcFadden and Al Khalili illustrate the amazing complexity of life with the example of the single cell In the emerging field of synthetic biology when scientists create an amino acid or sugar they create one product at a time The authors go on This is not an easy task and euires careful control of many different conditions inside customized flasks condensers separation columns filtration devices and other elaborate chemical apparatusesYet every cell in your body is continually synthesizing thousands of distinct biochemicals within a eaction chamber filled with just a few millionths of a microliter of fluid How do all those diverse American Masters of the Mississippi Gulf Coast: George Ohr, Dusti Bonge, Walter Anderson, Richmond Barthe reactions proceed concurrently And how is all this molecular action orchestrated within a microscopic cell This is a profound mysteryAmong the many important substances cells manufacture are enzymes These are protein catalysts that speed the cell s many chemicaleactions For example collagenase is essential to deconstruct unneeded or damaged collagen and construct new collagen It performs its operations in nanoseconds with stunning efficiency Good to know since collagen holds our trillions of cells together Collagenase strategically places a positively charged zinc atom and a negatively charged oxygen atom to break exiting chemical bonds and form new ones But is electrical charge the only force this nanomachine uses The authors hold that uantum tunneling is also used to move electrons into position In their uantum state electrons are both particles and waves and their wave function gives them a probability of being found on the other side of a chemical barrier perhaps electric charge or just empty space The authors also hold that uantum tunneling is also used in cellular espiration an extremely complex process cells use to derive energy from food Whether life evolved to use uantum tunneling or it just was a lucky addition is debated The authors explore the details of uantum mechanics eviewing in detail the double slit experiments that show wave particle duality They also explain coherence the state in which particles maintain their uantum nature Decoherence is the state in which particles operate in a classical manner Until observed particles in the double slit experiment have coherence and take all possible Sitzungs-Berichte Der Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde Zu Berlin: Jahrgang 1893 (Classic Reprint) routes to their destination Observation causes decoherence in the double slit experiment and oneoute only is taken The bustling movement of neighboring particles can also cause decoherence Thus the particles that make up living things which are densely packed have been assumed to operate as classical particles not uantum ones The author s then From Muslim to Christian Granada review experiments that show examples of coherence most notably in photosynthesis in bacteria They believe that in photosynthesis some particles are actually operating as uantum computers exploring all possible paths at once tooute electrons the uickest way to their destination Again the book provides the details McFadden and Al Khalili look into the sense of smell The prevailing theory is that the olfactory eceptors ecognize molecules of certain shapes working like a lock and key When there is a fit the eceptors signal the brain However the authors think is and key When there is a fit the eceptors signal the brain However the authors think is They believe the vibrational freuency in the atomic bonds of molecules distinguish what we smell Both the shape theory and "the uantum level theory which may involve uantum tunneling have had holes punched " uantum level theory which may involve uantum tunneling have had holes punched them The latest seems to be that both processes are at work Detailed explanations are in the bookThe authors explore whether uantum effects are involved DNA mutations They note the weak hydrogen bonds between base pairs of the nucleotides that make up DNA The hydrogen ion is a shared proton that normally lies closer to one of the nucleotides but arely it moves to the other side Is this due to uantum tunneling McFadden and Al Khalili consider uantum tunneling in enzymes to be proven so why could it not also take place in DNA Could this be one cause of mutations that lead to evolutionary change The authors don t claim to have a definitive answer but clearly are intrigued by the possibility Consciousness has eceived a lot of attention as subject to clearly are intrigued by the possibility Consciousness has Domesticating Drink: Women, Men, and Alcohol in America, 1870-1940 received a lot of attention as subject to influences The authors examine a couple of specific processes but eschew telepathy and other paranormal theories Theapid firing of neurons underlies body movement and consciousness McFadden and Al Khalili look at potassium ions that move through ion channels in neuronal cell membranes at the fantastic Lord Byron at Harrow School: Speaking Out, Talking Back, Acting Up, Bowing Out rate of one hundred million per second They wonder whether these ions may be in coherent states with wave like properties that would foster their great speed They also consider the idea that the electromagnetic field created by all the brain s neuronal activity in turn synchronizes neuronal firing which is indicative of consciousness While they are very interested in newesearch on these ideas they don t Teaching Machines: Learning from the Intersection of Education and Technology reach a conclusion as to their validity The authors end by speculating about possible uantum influences in the origin of life and even how it may be applied in the creation of synthetic life There is a fair amount of speculation throughout the book but some of their assertions seem well supported and accepted They provide very detailed explanations for their positions and cite supporting experiments and concurrence by other scientists At a minimum McFadden and Al Khalili make the case for expandedesearch in this emerging area of study This would hardly be the first time that scientific proposals once dismissed as too far out turned out to be true I have a problem with most of the new science books that I ve been Sisi: Empress on Her Own reading lately Theyeally aren t saying anything new and when they do they seem to enter into woo woo land The authors demonstrate nicely how certain biological processes such as the internal magnetic compass of a certain kind of Robin the photosynthesis in plants the universal energy currency of life ATP the enzyme process and how the sense of smell can all be thought best in terms of uantum mechanicsThose examples make up the first half of the book My problem with the book is the second half All objective knowledge can be broken down into the subatomic uantum mechanical level but that doesn t mean they should be The authors go off the ails and enter the land of woo with ascribing the origins of life the genetic code in general and mutations in particular and our consciousness as best understood by uantum mechanical processes As much as the next person I love the mysteries of the uantum world but I don t want to educe the process understudy down to that level unless it is absolutely necessary I eally get tired at how many authors including these efer to the problem of consciousness as the hard problem There have been many strides lately on understanding consciousness but mixing it with the woo woo of physics the way a Depak Chopra would is never the The Life of Samuel Johnson right approachIt is a pity This book had a lot going for it in the beginning because the authors as biologisteally know how to explain the physics The authors tell the listener in very clear terms what Feynman meant by all the mysteries of physics are contained within the double slit experiment Everyone who eads. Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how did it come to be Even in an age of cloning and artificial biology the emarkable truth A Wizard in Love remains nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material Lifeemains the only way to make life Are we still missing a vital ingredient in its creation      Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene which provided a new perspective on how evolution works Life on the Edge alters our understanding of our world's fundamental dynamics Bringi. Books like this one should take the time and trouble and look up the Feynman Lectures on the Character of Physical Law on Youtube seven of the happiest hours I ever spent This book explains the double split experiment the particlewave duality the measurement problem and specifically for the book uantum tunneling entanglement coherence and superposition Also the authors eally knew how to explain the steps in the scientific process a biologist needs in order to each coherent consistent and non contradictory conclusionsI m still looking for new popular science books that teach me things I don t already know and which don t enter into the land of woo A wonderful book describing wonderful thingsScience is not my strongest area in learning but this book makes clear an opaue to me part of physics which usually is understood through mathematics and specialized scientific euipment able to view or measure particles of atoms As a book written for the general Tigers in Normandy reader it does not have a lot of math and it includes drawings which add clarity to the subject addressed in each chapter The chapters each cover a single main subject which illuminates how plant and animal molecular biology has been discovered performing vital life sustaining functions with uantum physics Each chapter builds on the previous information described earlier in the book which allowed thiseader to keep up But I Presidential Secrecy and the Law recommend a consistent progressionevisiting the book every day to ead a chapter if you are not a science geek If the book is picked up days later from the last time one may have ead it the Hume on Religion reader might need to start overe Master Plots: Race and the Founding of an American Literature, 1787-1845 reading again earlier chaptersI was astounded that the authors were able to describe such subjects as uantum photosynthesis and the electrical uantum activity of neurons in such a clear yet simple manner that someone not very scientific can understand these important new discoveries The last chapters are speculative but never irrationally so Instead I am as excited as the authors are to see if future uantum biologyesearch will uncover about why we are alive and why City Schools: Lessons from New York rocks are not These discoveries are new to me because I graduated from college several decades ago I am very excited about being able to understand the uantum world a touch better through the examples given in each chapterIecommend The Coming Age of uantum Biology to those familiar with the slightly difficult science magazines and articles The material is made simple as possible but it is not dumbed down I The Widow's Lawman really appreciate well written books about science when they are written by activeesearchers in the field And this book ualifies as McFadden is a The Story Within research biologist and Al Khalili is a theoretical physicist They are both actively engaged inesearching evidence for uantum phenomena that are esponsible for complex biological mechanismsThe book focuses on several important and difficult biology problems photosynthesis espiration magnetoreception bird migration consciousness genetics the sense of smell and the origin of life Each of these is still a mystery and the authors find some or a lot of evidence for uantum mechanics being an essential componentI found a couple of the issues to be particularly fascinating Some birds that migrate thousands of miles definitely use magnetoreception to find their way But the God Gave Me a Mulligan: A Journalist's Life in War and Peace receptors are also connected with sight andeuire light in order for the magnetoreception to work And some butterflies also have magnetoreceptors on their antennae It can take three generations for some butterflies to do a complete Elephant Slaves and Pampered Parrots: Exotic Animals in Eighteenth-Century Paris round trip of a thousand miles or How in the world is this possibleI also found it fascinating that for photosynthesis to occur plants may use a form of a uantum computer to perform the necessary catalysis And the problem that the uantum computer solves is well known it is the traveling salesman problemThe authors freuentlyepeat a uote by physicist Richard Feynman If you cannot make it then you don t understand it In other words you don t The American Academic Profession: Transformation in Contemporary Higher Education really understand a biological or physical process until you can duplicate it in the lab Well that is certainly the case for the biological processes that are discussed in this book The origin of life is far from our understandingResearch on this topic is proceedingapidly and the authors found that by the time they had finished writing the book some parts were already dated So they added an extra chapter at the end to include The Rise and Fall of the Biopsychosocial Model: Reconciling Art and Science in Psychiatry recentesults But they The Arena: An Offering to Contemporary Monasticism recognize that by the time the book is published it will still contain some out of date ideas And that is wonderful because science is a process not an endesult For a long time it was believed that scientists could only study uantum mechanics at absolute zero in their labs Yet in ecent years excellent evidence of uantum mechanics at work in humans birds plants and other living things has come to the fore Who knew This book is a fascinating and very accessible introduction for the general eader It uses virtually no math Rather the writers possess a neat gift for metaphor Stephen Jay Gould had this gift too and while Life on the Edge isn t SJG that paragon of science writing it does the job and does it well absolutely stunning a book that with often beautiful prose describes key concepts of uantum physics and uantum biology in a way that is detailed and not oversimplified but still able to be understood by a layperson such as myself who doesn t even have an A level in physics a fascinating exploration of what is potentially the most exciting groundbreaking field of science presently You might think that this book has A Kangaroo's Life received four stars but if you know anything about uantum theory you will be aware that a uantum object can be in a superposition of states And this uantum book is in a superposed state of 5 stars for the subject which is fascinating and important and 3 stars for the writing which is disappointingly poor given Jim Al Khalili s expertise and experienceIt might seem that the whole concept What lies beyond the molecular level Where we can not see Please note that I put the original German text at the end of thiseview Just if you might be interestedThe motor of life seems to be complicated than expected It turns out and than the previous esearch has observed be complicated than expected It turns out and than the previous esearch has observed only individual components of the complex machinery One or the other connection was made and a few processes were followed Only nobody knows what underlies these processes on deeper levels For example breathing heredity photosynthesis the electrical uantum activity of neurons magnetoreception consciousness sense of smell and the origin of life Moreover these are just the processes that this very young science discipline has been able to investigate so farMany observed phenomena imply levels than postulated by established Filosofía e inmanencia research uantum field theory opens a few doors concerning this Which of the thought experiments fits the inexplicable observed anomalies will become apparent The fact that the ghostly long distance effect cannot be forced well to manifest complicates theesearch When nervous particles are nowhere and at two places at the same time at the same time This alone contradicts both our fundamental ideas of physics and our worldview Because it fits into the The Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia: The Drums of Life realm of myths legends and fantasyather than serious science Also if that limit falls what is impossible What is eccentricity close to madness and what is the ealityA few hypotheses can be set upThere are overlooked factors in the known three dimensions that are so tiny or so small in effect that they have not been considered beforeMore dimensions than expected From the 4th and other dimensions come interactions that allow metabolic processes photosynthesis and life in our dimension Without this connection life would not be possible Suppose that life would disappear in our dimension or another dimension Would that also destroy life in the connected dimension because the two are dependent on each otherParallel universes A parallel universe interacts with the other An unknown kind of entropy shapes the laws of nature Different variants of the principles of thermodynamics and gravitation interact between the worlds Or several parallel universes with several types of natural laws are in complex interaction For a multiverse the possibilities of variation would be infiniteSimulation Hypothesis If the uanta are some programming language the world would be made up of code Alternatively the uanta are just the coarsest fundamental building blocks under which the actual code is hidden Mistakes in programming would explain anomalies in our worldNo matter which model you prefer It could be that the emergence of life without interaction with invisible be that the emergence of life without interaction with invisible undetectable forces is
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possible That there may universes or worlds that will forever be dead because they are not interacting with others That symbiosis and cooperation between the layers of ealities were so essential that without them evolution was impossible We consist of unknown many such hypothetical processes that we do not understandThe photosynthesis of plants is based not only on sunlight but also on uantum entanglement If human beings accidentally interfere with this process through physical experiments or less subtly through genetic engineering the world would perish If the ability becomes possible only through an interaction with another dimension disturbances could make it disappearThe processes in the tiny and colossal call the sea metaphor on the plan A grain of sand knowledge and an ocean of unanswered uestions A small plant cell is a game that automates a process that Murder in Gutenthal reuires the hordes of the best scientists and billions of investment in large euipment More. Ng together first hand experience at the cutting edge of science with unparalleled gifts of explanation Jim Al Khalili and Johnjoe Macfaddeneveal that missing ingredient to be uantum mechanics; the phenomena that lie at the heart of this most mysterious of sciences Drawing on One of Our Thursdays Is Missing recent ground breaking experiments around the world each chapter in Life on the Edge engages by illustrating one of life's puzzles How do migrating birds know where to go How do weeally smell the scent of a On the Field of Glory: an Historical Novel of the Time of King John Sobieski rose How do our genes copy the. Over the flower also manages to sustain the operation for than a few thousandths of a second It makes a living with itThe foundations of many cellular processes photosynthesis and chemical processes are currently defined from the point of view of the giant coarse constituents Like looking at a factory from the outside One can see the supply streams maybe know a few of the primary materials and see the finished end products coming out of the factory From an analysis of the smoke from the factory chimneys and the waste that arises one can make small attempts witheverse engineeringHowever what happens in the factory aka all living things can only be guessedFor human consciousness this Lassie Come-Home raises the uestion of where and what the self is In the un understood brain the factor is added that unknown smallest parts or mechanisms of action from other dimensions could be significantly involved So this ego is theoretically exposed to interactions or probably manipulations and whisperings from other inaccessibleealitiesWhen you make a decision talk work or think about things like thatWhether it is a one way street and the opposite direction will The People from the Sea remain inaccessible to people like a black hole is one of the critical issues Not only concerning whether we unconsciously work in other dimensions when we think or have emotionsHowever alsoegarding the elativity of death If consciousness does not exist bound to 3 dimensions then why a body with some wetware in itWas liegt alles jenseits der molekularen Ebene Dort wohin wir nicht sehen k nnenDer Motor des Lebens scheint diffiziler aufgebaut zu sein als angenommen Es stellt sich immer mehr heraus dass die bisherigen Forschungen eher nur einzelne Komponenten der komplexen Maschinerie beobachtet haben Der eine oder andere Zusammenhang wurde hergestellt und ein paar Prozesse beobachtet Nur was diesen Vorg ngen auf tieferen Ebenen zugrunde liegt wei niemand Etwa der Atmung Vererbung Fotosynthese elektrischer uantenaktivit t von Neuronen Magnetorezeption Bewusstsein Geruchssinn und dem Ursprung des LebensUnd das sind nur die Prozesse die diese sehr junge Wissenschaftsdisziplin bisher untersuchen konnteViele beobachtete Ph nomene implizieren mehr Ebenen als von der etablierten Forschung postuliert Die uantenfeldtheorie ffnet hinsichtlich dessen einige T en Welches der Gedankenexperimente zu den unerkl lichen beobachteten Anomalien passt wird sich zeigen Dass sich die spukhafte Fernwirkung nicht gut zur Manifestation zwingen l sst erschwert die Forschung Wenn die nerv sen Teilchen gleichzeitig nirgends und an 2 Stellen zur selben Zeit sind Alleine das widerspricht sowohl unseren fundamentalen Vorstellungen von Physik als auch unserem Weltbild Weil es viel eher in das Reich der Mythen Legenden und Fantasy als zu seri ser Wissenschaft passt Und wenn diese Grenze f llt was ist dann noch unm glich Was ist dann Spinnerei oder Wahnsinn und was Realit t Ein paar Hypothesen lassen sich aufstellenEs gibt bersehene Faktoren in den bekannten 3 Dimensionen die so klein oder in ihrer Wirkung so gering sind dass man sie bisher nicht in Betracht gezogen hatMehr Dimensionen als angenommen Aus der 4ten und weiteren Dimensionen kommen Wechselwirkungen die Stoffwechselprozesse Fotosynthese und das Leben in unserer Dimension erm glichen Ohne diese Verbindung w e Leben nicht m glich Angenommen das Leben w Mr. Majeika and the Dinner Lady and Mr. Majeika and the Music Teacher rde in unserer Dimension oder in einer anderen Dimension verschwinden Wde das auch das Leben in der angekoppelten Dimension zerst enParalleluniversen Ein Paralleluniversum wechselwirkt mit dem anderen Die Naturgesetze sind durch eine unbekannte Art von Entropie geformt Verschiedene Varianten der Grunds tze der Thermodynamik und Gravitation stehen zwischen den Universen in Wechselwirkung Oder mehrere Paralleluniversen mit mehreren Arten von Naturgesetzen stehen in komplexem Zusammenspiel Bei einem Multiversum w en die Variationsm glichkeiten entsprechend unendlichSimulationshypothese Wenn die uanten eine Art von Programmiersprache sind w Ninth City Burning (War of the Realms, re die Welt aus Code zusammen gesetzt Oder die uanten sind nur die gr bsten primitiven Bausteine unter denen der eigentliche Code verborgen liegt Anomalien in unserer Welt wden sicht mit Fehlern in der Programmierung erkl Der Ritter und die Bastardtochter ren lassen Egal welchem Modell man den Vorzug gibt Es k nnte sein dass die Entstehung von Leben ohne eine Wechselwirkung mit unsichtbaren und noch undetektierbaren Kr ften nicht m glich ist Dass es Universen oder Welten geben mag die f immer tot bleiben werden weil sie nicht in Wechselwirkung mit anderen stehen Dass sie Symbiose und Kooperation zwischen den Schichten der Wirklichkeiten so essentiell sind dass ohne sie keine Evolution m glich ist Wir bestehen aus unbekannt vielen solcher hypothetischer Vorg nge die wir nicht verstehen Die Fotosynthese von Pflanzen basiert nicht allein auf Sonnenlicht sondern auch auf uantenverschr nkung Wenn der Mensch aus Versehen durch physikalische Experimente oder weniger subtil durch Gentechnik diesen Prozess st Chinaberries and Crows rt wde die Welt untergehen Wenn die F higkeit nur durch eine Wechselwirkung mit einer anderen Dimension m glich wird k nnten St ungen diese verschwinden lassenDie Prozesse im ganz kleinen und ganz gro en ufen die Meermetapher auf den Plan Ein Sandkorn Wissen und ein Ozean von offenen Fragen Eine winzige Pflanzenzelle automatisiert spielend einen Prozess f den es Heerscharen der besten Wissenschaftler und Milliarden an Investitionen f R Gro Ger Te Braucht Gro ger te braucht die Blume schafft es auch l nger als ein paar Tausendstel Sekunden den Prozess aufrecht zu erhalten Sie lebt davonDie Grundlagen vieler zellul er Prozesse der Fotosynthese und chemischer Vorg nge sind momentan unter dem Gesichtspunkt definiert dass Man Die Riesigen Groben Bestandteile Beobachtet Wie Wenn Man Von die iesigen groben Bestandteile beobachtet Wie wenn man von en auf eine Fabrik blickt Man sieht die Zulieferstr me kennt vielleicht ein paar der Grundmaterialien und sieht die fertigen Endprodukte aus der Fabrik heraus kommen Anhand einer Analyse des Rauchs aus den Fabrikschloten und der Abf lle die anfallen kann man kleine Versuche mit Reverse Engineering anstellen Aber was in der Fabrik und in allen Lebewesen wirklich geschieht kann man nur aten F das menschliche Bewusstsein wirft das die Frage auf wo und was das Ich eigentlich ist Im nicht verstandenen Gehirn kommt der Faktor hinzu dass unbekannte kleinste Teile oder Wirkmechanismen aus anderen Dimensionen ma geblich beteiligt sein k nnten Also ist dieses Ego theoretisch Wechselwirkungen oder theoretisch Manipulationen und Einfl sterungen aus anderen unzug nglichen Realit ten ausgesetzt Wenn man eine Entscheidung trifft edet arbeitet oder ber solche Dinge nachdenkt Ob es eine Einbahnstra e ist und die Gegenrichtung f Menschen wie ein schwarzes Loch unzug nglich bleiben wird ist eine der Kernfragen Nicht nur hinsichtlich dessen ob wir unbewusst in anderen Dimensionen wirken wenn wir denken oder Emotionen haben Sondern auch bez glich der Relativit t des Todes Wenn das Bewusstsein nicht an 3 Dimensionen gebunden existiert warum dann an einen K per I absolutely loved this book The subject is fascinating and it s written in an easy to ead style that is very layman friendly There s a sprinkling of humour and the prose even borders on the poetic in placesThe very layman friendly There s a sprinkling of humour and the prose even borders on the poetic in placesThe the authors choose to illustrate the concepts they are trying to teach are excellently chosen and eally held my attention I Grauwacht recommend this book to anybody with an interest in this seriously engaging subject Spooky action at a distance still does my head in though 35In general I loveeading about the smallest processes in biology or physics I could ead an entire book on the inner life of the mitochondria s electron transport chain and I would be enthralled I find it pretty exciting when authors want to understand the most in depth mechanisms at work in a each system I love it even if the authors take the knowledge they uncover and attempt to apply it to big systems such as networks systems biology etc The authors of tis book tried to do just that I am not exactly sure why I didn t love this book Perhaps despite my constant critiues of books that are promoting sexy science at the expense of providing a ealistic understanding of the subject at hand I wanted sexy science from this book At times even though it examined each phenomenon in great detail it felt disjointed I understand the overall theme but perhaps I needed hand holding Even though I was interested in each subject present I am especially interested in how particles spin sync and enter phase transition the books didn t feel that new or exciting It could be that I have Lies, Damned Lies, and History read too many books that have provided some of the same material Regardless of my criticisms I think the work being done in uantum biology is important Particularly important is the focus on explaining how the same forces at work in physics are also at work in biological systems I like the uestions the authorsaised Certainly work needs to be done to understand how action potentials lead to consciousness Once that is established there is work still to be done in understanding the uantum nature of action potentials The discussion on the hard problem of consciousness was by far my least favorite part of the book I enjoy The New World reading Andy Clark and the Churchlands take on consciousness but cannot waste one minute of life justifying Chalmers unscientific discussions on the subject Even though these authors were arguing against the type of position Chalmers provides hiseaders they went too far in validating it Overall though it is great that You Wouldn't Want to Be an Inca Mummy!: A One-way Journey You'd Rather Not Make researchers are attempting to investigate and write about uantum bio If you are unfamiliar with the field but are curious it s worth theead. Mselves with such precision Life on the Edge accessibly eveals how uantum mechanics can answer these probing uestions of the universe Guiding the eader through the The Fashion Industry and Its Careers: An Introduction rapidly unfolding discoveries of the last few years Al Khalili and McFadden communicate the excitement of the explosive new field of uantum biology and its potentiallyevolutionary applications while offering insights into the biggest puzzle of all what is life As they brilliantly demonstrate in these groundbreaking pages life exists on the uantum ed. ,

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