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Seminar: Quantum Mechanics Predicts Evolutionary Biology

March 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

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The mechanism underlying the process of evolution (apologies to Darwin’s metaphors) has been untenable, largely because it has occurred over the course of the history of the Earth in adaptation to geochemical and geophysical changes. The intersection of biology and physics has been pondered ever since the ancient Greeks, but no one has been able to deconvolute that interrelationship….until now. As a cell physiologist, I have spent 50 years studying the development of the lung as the rate-limiting step in the transition from the womb to air breathing. In 2007 we had finally amassed enough data to assemble a ‘working model’ of the lung alveolus, but as I looked at what I had generated, I realized that the cell-cell interactions that determine the structure and function of the alveolus would have taken longer than the age of the Universe (> 9 x 1018 yrs) to come together by chance alone (Neutral Theory). Alternatively, there is hypothetically positive selection for gas exchange. By tracing the ‘history’ of gas exchange in vertebrates back to their origin in the unicell as a function of cell-cell interactions, the specific selection pressures of the environment can be identified and extrapolated to physiologic traits in general. Reduction of evolution to cellular networks is homologous (same origins) with Quantum Mechanical principles such as The Pauli Exclusion, Uncertainty Principle, Non-Localization, Coherence and Electrochemical Fields, thus linking physiology to the Singularity/Big Bang, allowing for a mechanistic understanding of Consciousness for the first time.   


Bio: John S. Torday received his BA in Biology/English from Boston University (1964), MSc and PhD in Experimental Medicine from McGill University (1974); Post-doctoral study in NIH Reproductive Biology Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1974-76); Assistant Professor, Pediatrics/Physiology, Harvard University (1976-91); Professor of Pediatrics and Ob-Gyn, University of Maryland (1991-98); Professor of Pediatrics, Ob-Gyn, Evolutionary Medicine, UCLA (1998-Present). He is the author of 180 peer-reviewed articles, numerous book Chapters, and 3 books on cellular-molecular evolutionary biology. He has been continuously funded for 50 years in the study of lung development and pathobiology. More recently, he has become involved in determining the mechanism of vertebrate physiologic evolution.


March 5
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Event Category:


Center for Process Studies


Butler 201, Claremont School of Theology