Quantum Biology: The Hidden Nature of Nature



Can the spooky world of quantum physics explain bird navigation, photosynthesis and even our delicate sense of smell? Clues are mounting that the rules governing the subatomic realm may play an unexpectedly pivotal role in the visible world. Join leading thinkers in the emerging field of quantum biology as they explore the hidden hand of quantum physics in everyday life and discuss how these insights may one day revolutionize thinking on everything from the energy crisis to quantum computers.

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Original Program Date: June 1, 2012
MODERATOR: John Hockenberry
PARTICIPANTS: Paul Davies, Seth Lloyd, Thorsten Ritz

John Hockenberry’s introduction 00:13

Participant Introductions 06:28

How is there a convergence between biology and the quantum? 7:45

Are particles in two places at once or is this based just on observations? 12:43

Are biological states creating a unique quantum rules? 17:32

Quantum mechanics is so counterintuitive. 23:00

Can nature have a quantum sense? 27:29

The quantum migration of birds… With bird brains? 31:50

Electron spin and magnetic fields. 37:00

Cryptochrome releases particles with spin and the bird knows where to go. 40:28

How is bird migration an example for evolution? 49:13

photosynthesis and quantum phenomena. 55:00

Bacteria doing quantum search. 1:00:21

Is quantum tunneling the key to quantum biology? 1:06:56

What are the experiments that prove this? 1:12:28

When fields converge how do you determine causality? 1:19:49

We have no idea how life began. 1:24:59

Replication leads to variation which is the beginning of life? 1:31:05

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42 thoughts on “Quantum Biology: The Hidden Nature of Nature

  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    " their is a good understanding of quantum computing " ! LOL …..  If the understanding was so great we might actually have one !  lol  ….. DWAVE is not a quantum computer.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    Is spooky action at a distance the same as following two waves in a ripple as they travel outwards? Does everything put out a vibrating frequency relative to its shape that interacts with receptors.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    why does electron never goes off, .. I mean turn down like fire does … (if you understand what I mean .. how come that little piece of energy is always on)

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    Could quantum physics be described as the study of communication between physical (i.e. existing in space, matter, time etc.) and non physical (i.e. outside of s,m,t) realities? I'm not very well-versed in all of this, so excuse my inherent ignorance. lol

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    the host was so phuckin annoying I couldn't make but half WAY. not a good host he messed up the energy or flow, sorry but my favorite subject and I can't watch whole video because the gentleman in wheel chair.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    The efficiency of the chlorophyl energy transmissions must be relevant in terms of reducing waste heat building up within the cell, not speeding up energy-absorption. If the cell warms up, it needs to transpire water to cool down and more evaporation means faster wilting and deterioration, so there is evolutionary advantage in staying cool. The green color of plants already reflects away as much energy as possible, and now it seems the chlorophyl also prevents excess energy from entering the cells. Nature's genius is not in harnessing energy but in using tiny amounts of energy efficiently so the rest can be blocked out thus minimizing the damage caused by waste heat.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    is the right side of the stage downhill? why is the moderator parking his wheelchair so far from the panelists? there must be some reason. but that's the only one i can come up with.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    Wonderful stuff. It's a shame that most of the commenters here seem to be focussing on the things that they didn't like. The three participants are great elucidators (if that's the right word).

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    All non-sense. :), Birds, Magnetism, Devin hand, Quantum poof!!!, This is just new religion, with clergies wearing eye glasses….

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    Let me tell you guys what Quatum Mechanics is. It is the science of measuring things to fast for human measuring to accurate measure…so evertime something doesnt add up….it means magic happened and not that they are just WRONG

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    it all almost seems like its a part of… intelligent design 😉

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    Does things that smell loose mater, or is it that u can smell them because of quantum positioning?

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    The sound quality of this is horrible. It makes hearing his message so difficult, even with volume all the way up. It's like one channel is muted, and the other channel is muffled.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    Einstein was right, QM is bull. Just because you can't see determinism at molecular sizes, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Otherwise there would be no determinism at bigger sizes.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    Wow I can not stand listening to this guy.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    This video was so interesting its gotten me talking and laughing at the screen (and Googling like a crazed person with a Google addiction).

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    Birds use circadian rhythm (thanks to extra photoreceptors) to tell time and uses this info with the sun azimuth as a compass. Butterflies do it too

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    @55:47 the case is, survival. your argument is biological organisms do phototheisist the best, where infact is just one of a script of codes written for its survival.

    thats why you we require a mechanical approach to capturing and converting energy into a usable storable form. we are nature and this need was never required in the past inwhich our DNA overcome other challenges.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    @32:48 what are your thoughts on genetic memory, as in the bird remembers their mother or father's reaching a certain stress level and triggering the migration memory in birds.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    Change the setting to the 1800's and have speculate about atomic phenomena; it probably would sound a little like this. Most of this talk is: "I don't know, but maybe it's quantum mechanics." The quantum god-of-the gap.

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