Quantum Life Science


Which is the more poetic ... that which moves ...
or that which moves it?

ZINDO mapping ...

Whatever else this conception proves itself to be, it is offered simply as a contribution to thought on the possible implications of our realising quantum description of the living state.  It has been made into a website because no other avenue has yet been found for its dissemination.

Although intended as a simple offering and modelled in childish fashion, it has myriad implications that years of consideration have not yet exhausted, nor in any way has time reduced the fascination of possibilities it opens up.  In the years since first inception research developments in complexity science, nanotechnology, quantum computing and synthetic biology, amongst others, have served only to confirm this necessary redirection of living systems theory. 

The movement now to quantum life science, which is the realisation of the physical ultimum for structuralist theory, brings a very different vision not only in terms of our beginning to understand something of the informational complexity that is embedded within living systems, but also because it brings living systems theory within the remit of otherwise purely physical theory and philosophy and this latter, of late, has taken a strange turn. 

Fractal Geometry and Chaos Theory, together combined in Complexity Theory, seem to have opened up new paths by which to readdress timeless philosophical issues such as, for instance, quantum, fractal or chaotic cosmology, by virtue of the scale invariant properties of physical systems and their recurrence at different scales of length and time.  From this then extend also considerations around the 'worlds-within-worlds' or microcosm/macrocosm philosophies of even more ancient history by logic of the manifold embedding of complex systems.  Today these seemingly ancient philosophic constructions can be more rationally and directly dealt with by the logically coherent - and increasingly evidenced - possibility of this being a chaotic fractal universe.

Whilst this will be revolutionary enough for our understanding of the physical organisation of space-time, it is a mathematical abstraction that might still not include living systems were it not for the gathering pace of a concerted movement towards their quantum description.  Living systems then present themselves as self-organised, far-from-equilibrium and highly complex quantum systems.  Complexity, it seems, must be the result of adaptation to chaos.

At ultimo we must wonder at the power and subtlety of nature as it is embodied in the butterfly effect that signals a sensitive system and which is such that, given some 3.8 billion years or so of organic nanotechnology, working up by quantum steps from the atomic ground, has extended and elaborated the cellular state and built man, effectively, for all he is, has dreamed and imagines he knows, by the pulse of an atom. 

It seems the physicist is not the atom's way of finding out about atoms, but instead, of course, existence proof that atoms know at least enough about atoms to make man and that is a lot more than man himself currently knows.  No contest really.  Dust 1, Science 0.   


The next major explosion is going to be when
genetics and computers come together. 
I'm talking about an organic computer
- about biological substances that
can function like a semiconductor.

Alvin Toffler


The more I examine the universe and study the detail of its architecture
the more

evidence I find that the universe in some sense must have known we were coming.

Freeman Dyson quoted in Davies (1995) Are We Alone?

Quantum Life Science in a Fractal Universe

This website created 23 November 2009