Re: Evolution goes quantum

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Sat Feb 05 2000 - 19:36:10 MST


< Mutations have always been assumed to be
                     random. But mutations are caused by the
                     motion of fundamental particles, electrons and
                     protons -- particles that can enter the quantum
                     multiverse -- within the double helix. If these
                     particles can enter quantum states. then DNA
                     may be able to slip into the quantum multiverse
                     and sample multiple mutations simultaneously. >

Despite the apparently comic author name (Johnjoe McFadden indeed!), he's
for real, and British not from some place where they eat raw chickens' heads.

I kinda like this idea, which sounds straight out of David Deutsch (and
drives the plot of Greg Egan's recent TERANESIA, by the way). It just about
fits with the information optimisation models of lab parapsychology that
appeal to me (i.e., the brain might have some enhanced chance of knowing
the apparently unknowable if sampling superspace reveals a skew in favor of
one outcome over all others).


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