Quantum Biology: The Hidden Nature of Nature 

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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 00:00

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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Albert Njenga
Albert Njenga 2 days ago
@georgia ithaca Yes it will be a challenge because the culture is alien and some terms will be lost in translation. Note that a lot of non western cultures were ahead of the 'quantum' game before contact with Europeans. Europeans too, upon contact could not translate the concepts into English or French and it was then referred to as mysticism,animism,mumbo jumbo etsc An interview comes to mind when some Dogon gentleman was trying to explain to Kerry Cassidy a concept called Bayuali and Yenu. He could not get his point across due t o a lack of an equivalent in the English language.Her condescension was not helping either
Galeb H
Galeb H 3 days ago
Anna Aurora
Anna Aurora 16 days ago
It's an ancient understanding that everything is energy everything moves and everything vibrates. I think about Jesus in the desert being tempted by Satan also known as Saturn the world, once you believe the world is real physical sciences the only science your duped, you missed the memo this is Earth School and everything is energy. Best wishes magicians
Wolf Man
Wolf Man 17 days ago
@Ted MacCarthy H Z Mun.
Brian Anderson
Brian Anderson 18 days ago
@georgia ithaca But then how would your attention be easily be subverted? 🤔
UndergroundForEver 3 hours ago
Please do somting with dutch subss, thanks🙏🏻
Max Nicks
Max Nicks 4 hours ago
Quantum Biology genius' can't figure volume control.
NylonHate 16 hours ago
HallieEva Day ago
Brings up the Illuminati nobody laughs .... lol
Stop trying to be cute and explain this shit as if you're talking to humans, I came here to learn something useful. Not to watch you indulge your ego by acting like the cutesy funny genius man, thankfully the jokes are so lame that there's no chance of landing a TV show to inspire the continuation of this trash. The reason you all have this weird cultish outdated pro(RE)gressive world view is exactly because of this low rent celebrity scientist culture. I don't take anything you say seriously because it looks like you don't.
Cant Just Exist
"It's not so well understood" and that is the point. You are all trying to explain away the truth of a reality being hidden in plain sight. It is fairly obvious that what we are being taught is an attempt keep our minds distracted and confused while still maintaining cognitive function. "It's not so well understood". Hidden in plain sight. So many "if, may, maybe, possibly, spooky, freaky, unexplained". This is psuedo science attempting to explain away reality.
Meditation Limits
24:50 I heard weird loud laughter that gives us a hint that intelligent on quantum mechanic are link to Autism
The moderator needs to STOP interrupting - it's extremely annoying and makes him come off as arrogant.
Omniscient Sloth
I’d love to see these scientists experiment with different hallucinogens like DMT and psilocybin and meditation training. There is so crazy information there we are ignoring as a science…
suk Lee
suk Lee Day ago
(English) Do you know this truth? 1. The clouds of the sky from all over the world are coming down to the earth more and more every day. 2. The sun and moon in the sky are super moon and super sun every day. 3. If you look closely at the sunrise and sunset, you can see the pink sky. 4. The chemical components of Chemtrail are spraying like crazy in the sky around the world. 5. If you look closely at the moon now, the moon is rotating. Yeshua is coming very soon. - Yeshua Coming -
JulianShagworthy 2 days ago
The Asian guy sounds like a supervillain.
Chris Bowman
Chris Bowman 2 days ago
Ah yes... To listen to a bunch of reductive materialists pontificate on their limited understanding. Knowledge without a shred of wisdom. Entertaining, of course, but relatively meaningless. Hairless primates still fresh from the trees reveling in hubristic, self satisfying discussion as they completely destroy the very systems that sustain them. Have fun!
Andrea Calkins
Andrea Calkins 2 days ago
A presentation where they can't figure out the secrets of God's creation. He laughs at your folly.
mcoram3486 2 days ago
Does Thorsten act on 2 broke girls?
First order commander games
This guy is a babbler and rambler. Never latched onto his train of thought and checked out in 10.
MARYANNE269 4 days ago
It's so nice to see that the 'dislike' funtion is being used much less if at all on many on the UStotal videos I've watched lately 😁👍
Mushfique Khurshid
Why didn’t they invite Deepak Chopra?
Pink Droid
Pink Droid 4 days ago
Can’t quantum entanglement just be explained as two particles that are not local in 3.5 dimensions, being adjacent in a higher dimensions?
Mathias Moen
Mathias Moen 5 days ago
A game designed for the human mind has been infiltrated by a computer. Essentially, it is a cheat. What's more sad is the people who root for a cheat instead of supporting it's own race.
CERO PRIDE 5 days ago
wasnt this guy at the start walking ?
Nama'Eleijas 6 days ago
there was no big bang....it was a Membran function
Annette Tozer
Annette Tozer 6 days ago
I just started enjoying watching this with closed captioning but 20 minutes in, it stopped working. I hope this can be fixed so I can watch the whole segment. Absolutely loved what was mentioned already so far. Thank you all for putting this together!
Andrea Dingbatt
Andrea Dingbatt 7 days ago
Them Words,,, I know what they mean separately but put them together in this order,,, I Don't Understand.... My brain is hurting!! Nurse!!
Mystic Waters
Mystic Waters 7 days ago
The same plastic you throw on the ground can go too the sea and be eaten by the same fish that’s been served on your plate,stop poisoning yourself and your loved ones ~use a thrash can❤️
Anon ymous
Anon ymous 7 days ago
Terrible audio omg someone turn the volume UP
Bob B.
Bob B. 7 days ago
Hypothesis "The bird brain has a hardwired genetic map of the world.."
kei 7 days ago
white folks are confusinf asf
Turner Williams
Turner Williams 7 days ago
I deadass started cleaning up my room when he was describing entropy and used the room cleaning example
Michael Gilbert
Michael Gilbert 7 days ago
To bee dance in six dimensions is a quantum magnetic event in biology
Michael Gilbert
Michael Gilbert 7 days ago
Look up the bee dance in six dimensions that relates to biology
osmosiss 1
osmosiss 1 8 days ago
Have we made synthetic chlorophyll yet?
osmosiss 1
osmosiss 1 8 days ago
Why aren’t we using chlorophyll to produce electricity if it’s that efficient (100%) at transfer
Nuggzilla1 8 days ago
The number of times I've heard "we don't know" and "partially understood" gives me even more trust that everything is carefully CREATED based on a project, thus there must be A CREATOR. Repent and belive in Jesus Christ Yeshuah hamaschiah, The One and Only God The Father, The Creator of all things
Achilles Jsmooth
Achilles Jsmooth 8 days ago
Created by the living God Jesus the Christ.
Donald W.
Donald W. 8 days ago
How is it, someone can be so smart and not have a proper understanding of God. It's amazing that these professors can be so incredibly smart and yet such fools.
UCzDwella201 8 days ago
North Korean sympathizers?
CC 8 days ago
I love it when they say ‘quirky’ thing happens in nature. Nothing is quirky in nature. It happens for a reason and it happens right in front of us. We are far from understanding many things in biology. We are in the pre-school of understanding nature.
Marion Wilson
Marion Wilson 8 days ago
How many 900 page legislation doesnt deviate? How many hired managers to be president for 4 yrs? Basically the nation's ceo's and or managers.?
Marion Wilson
Marion Wilson 8 days ago
Are all coders trust worthy? Is every manager without personal interests? Etc. Special interests. Etc?
Look out guys, Marion's got a fibre connection. Red Pills incoming (it's like from the Matrix have you seen it? I think it came out in 2017 with that nice man from the motorcycle movie). Now look, Marion, as a purveyor of secret hidden knowledge available only to the gifted few, please be careful out there, you've taken a big step by coming out in public in this 4 year old video's comment section to lay down these truths, take care of yourself, get to the safehouse and remember the locations of the emergency ID's. The commander of the secret rebel force will be in contact soon, memorize the phrase "The Western Lord is High on a mountain, while the East is made of tongues". God speed child of truth, and Good Luck. Oh no... someones knocking at my
Barbara Garmon
Barbara Garmon 8 days ago
Has anyone suggested that geese (plural) have the capabilty to detect the magnetic field, not a single goose?
Cube717 8 days ago
I just love how my mind wanders off watching this but somehow comes back to the quantum ... and in the end somehow it makes sense but in the end it doesn't but it does, do you? Gotta be that peekaboo and where are you
Rafayel Chowdhury
That man is cloning Denver smile 🤣😂
Phoenix Skeptic
Phoenix Skeptic 9 days ago
I thought this might be quackery, but then when I saw Davies on the panel, that confirmed it. You can't explain mysteries by invoking "quantum". You need Depac Chopra to do that.
Derek Pascal
Derek Pascal 9 days ago
Arrogance destroyed America.
Kree Terry
Kree Terry 10 days ago
This was 6 years ago?!? Are there any updates on any of these topics? String theory and quantum mechanics are my favorite science topics and I feel like a see a convergence (ha) of these coming 🤔
Ryne Andal
Ryne Andal 10 days ago
Incredibly well-moderated. He added so much to the discussion.
The sleazy, juvenile locker room undertone was cringe-worthy distracting. C'mon guys, grow up.
NoSuchThing 11 days ago
Funny, John sounds like Q.
Bas Groot
Bas Groot 11 days ago
Sound...is of a poor quality
Jeffrey Lutley
Jeffrey Lutley 12 days ago
Nice talk would have benefited by fewer jokes
Drew Chandler
Drew Chandler 12 days ago
This is a long video just to say that magic is real.
daveidduha 12 days ago
huckin fomos
Amar Pape Melanated
When we look material world we're biological but when we turn to energy we're Lights beings. Cannot be destroyed but can be transformed and/or move to another frequency
Alfonso Mena
Alfonso Mena 12 days ago
Caught me yesterday. Any views in 2021 USA calender
riveratrackrunner 12 days ago
...In god we trust, sure" 😂
liveuk 13 days ago
Quantum the new ghost and religion in science
Neal - Stewart
Neal - Stewart 13 days ago
math haha math and bio ha
TaZeR 13 days ago
Is it possible the machine elves seen on DMT the unseen machinery of the universe is a representation of being consciously aware of quantum phenomena?
Ömer Güleç
Ömer Güleç 13 days ago
Wow, it is hard not to be impressed everyone in this conversation is so humble. Let the knowledge talk!
Sober Yoda
Sober Yoda 14 days ago
It does sound like a lot of ball and stick stuff
yoshicom 14 days ago
Siobhan C.
Siobhan C. 14 days ago
not smart enough to realize it is all in the word of God, our holy bible, and thru his son, Jesus Christ, that we obtain life and more important, eternal life in the kingdom of God in heaven in just a very few short years. Seek Jesus before you find out your intelligence got you nowhere.
Pure Energy
Pure Energy 14 days ago
Clues mounted a long, long time ago. You just want to take credit for them. Well, guess what? Physicists that KNOW say time is simultaneous. We are being created constantly by the electrical energy field grids we are saturated with. WE are electrical energy field grids. We breathe, eat, walk and talk as electrical energy field grids. Quantum physics is not spooky. It is the oligarchs/communists/nazis of the world that want to keep this knowledge to themselves that are the SPOOKY/CRUEL ones.
Fruitdove 15 days ago
Muhyadin Mohamed
Muhyadin Mohamed 15 days ago
Animal every where on earth inhel oxygen. Oxygen that is present every where!!
Jeff Nall
Jeff Nall 15 days ago
god is real and one day you will stand before him and answer for your words
Andrew Rigg
Andrew Rigg 16 days ago
How could quantum information be passed on from one generation to the next? Surely quantum level information can't be passed on through DNA?
Theodora Kimmel
Theodora Kimmel 16 days ago
WHAT is quantum hanky panky? How is THAT hanky panky? What you’re referring to as hanky pank is more like a quantum fart that attempted to present itself as a battery.
John Loibl
John Loibl 16 days ago
Blah blah blah ,fundamental question, what.turned matter into life, answer blah blah blah, that what turned matter to life is about to turn ai into its new form , that which turned matter to life has no more to gain from cellular ,plant ,animal ,human, form
John Loibl
John Loibl 16 days ago
Quantum bollocks,
Drip Jutsu
Drip Jutsu 16 days ago
looll u can tell they dont like eachother😂
King marcell
King marcell 16 days ago
You just landed on the earth but teaches in a world he fucked up. Smfh
King marcell
King marcell 16 days ago
All the quantum metaphysic the white male whos has fuck the world. Now he steals the language and shits on reality and he still. Writes books And holds forms like who gives a dam
Tyler Durden
Tyler Durden 16 days ago
The reason why you cannot find the magnetic organ the bird has, that's because scientist are dissecting these poor creatures and testing their parts chemically for magnetism. The reason why birds are magnetic is a very simple concept, birds are magnetic because they fly and generate a static charge of electricity in their feathers. Why all these Geniuses can't come up with the basic simple factors beyond me other than they're stuck in that Cult of quantum misinformation campaign. So once and not because they're born it starts to generate a static charge, and hold that charge in high-volume because it has no way to discharge until it's grounded. The static charge pulls on objects that are in suspension. Now if you were a geese wouldn't you fly the path of least resistance. Wouldn't you as a simple-minded geese feel the need to follow that pulling sensation that makes it so much easier to travel. Now I'm sure these animals have other magnetic organs, however these organs may only magnetizing flight. I sure wish I had an education you know some kind of Masters or doctorate in quantum mechanics so I can figure this simple s*** out...
John Wilson
John Wilson 16 days ago
What about the government cover up of the North and South poles that are supposed entrance into a land of giants that are thousands of years more advanced than we the surface people are. Admiral byrde was silenced by the government when he led a expedition that discovered this in the 1940,s There is definitely truth behind this story and I would love to know the whole truth behind it all .
Anthony Ochocki
Anthony Ochocki 16 days ago
Though overall interesting; Overly verbose. And Mr. Seth Lloyd---just too irritatingly a doofus in his mannerisms....one totally lacking in the social graces....lol..
Marcus Lloyd
Marcus Lloyd 17 days ago
B'3Ã'UTÏFÜL 👣💖🦀⚡
AAA Beverages
AAA Beverages 17 days ago
Quantum is all bull shiet.
Guy Dviri
Guy Dviri 17 days ago
tunnelling happening in a computer game engine.
Uzumaki Naruto
Uzumaki Naruto 17 days ago
I see Quantum, I click. Simple as that 😌
Beau Jamo
Beau Jamo 17 days ago
Low audio
Revoosh Noj
Revoosh Noj 17 days ago
"biological entity"
Revoosh Noj
Revoosh Noj 17 days ago
"clap if you are a biological entity" lmao
Anakyn B
Anakyn B 17 days ago
Think pineal gland when it comes to bird navigation. 34:00
1963 silesije
1963 silesije 18 days ago
55:48 "...couple a peaces missing..." No,you mising the point.Nature computes in a quantum way which is beyound human mind and all you got is a dum theory...uupsss,it's a way again...
Evil Is Real
Evil Is Real 18 days ago
Jerrod Plummer
Jerrod Plummer 19 days ago
I am 27, but I was born yesterday
Repent to Jesus Christ Repent to Jesus Christ
Repent to Jesus Christ! “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬ D
SHINTO 19 days ago
Comedy sketch. Tf is this
Kween Ta-Nahesi Ma'at
Ronald Nelson
Ronald Nelson 20 days ago
We were created by God we did not evolve from ape.
Anakyn B
Anakyn B 17 days ago
Pleiadians created me. I don't know about you 333 444 11 11
the ub tub bros.
the ub tub bros. 18 days ago
@Ronald Nelson I wouldn't classify someone who believes in science as an idiot... but no I'm relatively right leaning. But I don't see how a political belief changes the value of an opinion.
Ronald Nelson
Ronald Nelson 19 days ago
You are stuck on stupid my guess is you must be a Democrat. @the ub tub bros.
the ub tub bros.
the ub tub bros. 19 days ago
We were created by physics, not a human made idea
Sheldrake's perspective would have been an interesting addition.
Quantum Mechanics Seems Like, Balance Expressed Through Variety....simultaneous. Aka, Unity?
Arlene Potter
Arlene Potter 20 days ago
This is a very shameful thing. There is not any quantum scientist who usually talks eloquently and witty words come out to say something when human beings encounter disasters. It turns out that the quantum, is a toy in their heads that makes them feel smart. . Quantum is a three-dimensional wave, using a snake on a rope to understand the world. The epidemic has nothing to do with them. Vaccines are philosophy and have nothing to do with medical treatment. The deaths of so many people are just a decimal point in a million people. The antidote is plants, but please wear a mask for injections.
the ub tub bros.
the ub tub bros. 19 days ago
How did u make... quantum mechanics... about covid?????
Darwin Oldpoter
Darwin Oldpoter 21 day ago
I can see why the guy keeps talking about Trumps hair
painmt651 21 day ago
It seems to me like the mushrooms know that we are all connected... the way they connect the forest.
Evie Kuhl
Evie Kuhl 21 day ago
this entire talk is an absolute delight
vitkomazzetti 21 day ago
God Bless Donald Trump AND Quantum Mechanics :)
William Chapman
William Chapman 21 day ago
Chasing rainbows?
Me voy de mexico…