The spooky world of quantum biology

June 01, 2009

The new science of quantum biology is teaching us about how the actual behavior of evolution is governed by disconcertingly spooky processes - time travel being one of them. Will quantum computation finally be realized by biomimicry, in organic systems? Evolution is the new (old) computation… and we're about to take the reins.

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Instead of following a single trajectory like the electrons on a silicon chip, the energy in photosynthesis explores all of its options and collapses the quantum process only after the fact, retroactively "deciding" upon the most efficient pathway.

What does this all mean? Not only does quantum phenomena occur in living systems, but the basic processes of life we take for granted rely on the transfer of information backward in time. Life is so magical because it cheats.

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