by Debbie Ventura
MIT professor of quantum mechanical enegineering, Seth Lloyd, explains the quantum nature of energy transport in living organisms in "Quantum Biology: Better Living Through Quantum Mechanics." NOVA, The Nature of Reality, Mar. 10, 2014.
Spurred by a 2007 paper in the journal Nature reporting on the quantum-computating abilities of green sulphur-breathing bacteria, Professor Lloyd and his colleagues developed "a general theory of how quantum walks in photosynthesis can use the wavelike nature of quantum mechanics to attain maximum efficiency."
In photosynthesis, a quantum particle of energy is generated when photons are absorbed by molecules sensitive to light (chromosphores). These particles, or "excitons," hop from one chromosphore to the next until they arrive at a reaction center, where the energy of the exciton is transformed into energy cells can utilize. Dr. Lloyd and his colleagues observed that the exciton's journey to the reaction center occurs in hops and waves, showing how living organisms master quantum coherence and decoherence for maximum efficiency in energy transfer.
While this quantum movement has thus far only been observed by mainstream science in plants and other photosynthetic organisms, Professor Lloyd wonders, "If quantum hanky panky is so effective, are there other living beings that take advantage of quantum effects to live better and have more offspring?"
From a bioenergetic medicine perspective, of course the answer to Dr. Lloyd's question is a resounding, "Yes!" The wavelike nature of quantum particles in living beings gives rise to energetic fields, with which many forms of energy medicine interact to promote coherence and ultimately, healthy balance.
by Debbie Ventura
Brian Greene and Alan Alda discuss Einstein's extreme discomfort with the early 20th century's newly emerging concepts of quantum mechanics on stage at the 2014 World Science Festival's production of Dear Albert. Brian Greene explains how Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity grew out of an attempt to dismiss quantum mechanics -- a theory Einstein set forth in his own discovery on "the photoelectric effect" for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize.