Showing posts from February, 2010

Highway cows in Delhi

This is something you don't see very often in the USA: cows roaming around the highway. But it's not uncommon in Delhi. We also saw goats and monkeys on the road. They co-exist with the traffic remarkably well. In our trips so far it seems that violent collisions between buses, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, rickshaws, pedestrians (including little kids), and free roaming animals must happen all the time. But in spite of dozens of near-misses, we witnessed no accidents.

India trip - Delhi

Here I am at an ancient temple in Lodhi Gardens, Delhi, India. I'm traveling in India for a few weeks, giving lectures at several universities under the auspices of the Indian Council for Philosophical Research (ICPR), an agency within India's Ministry of Human Resource Development. The ICPR selected me to be their National Visiting Professor for 2010. I'll occasionally post pictures and comments about the trip as it unfolds.

Quantum biology now. Quantum psychology next?

Nature 463 , 644-647 (4 February 2010) Coherently wired light-harvesting in photosynthetic marine algae at ambient temperature Elisabetta Collini, Cathy Y. Wong, Krystyna E. Wilk, Paul M. G. Curmi, Paul Brumer & Gregory D. Scholes "... This contrasts with the long-held view that long-range quantum coherence between molecules cannot be sustained in complex biological systems, even at low temperatures...." As I noted in my blog last November, the evidence for quantum coherence in living systems continues to mount. This latest advancement, reported in Nature , demonstrates that coherence not only exists in living systems, but it persists at room temperature. This contradicts long-held dogma that it is not possible to have quantum effects in living bodies. That dogma was based on assumptions about entanglement as observed in simple physics experiments, ignoring what happens when elementary things combine into new emergent properties. My thesis in Entangl