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Biologists do not routinely use quantum mechanics to describe inter-cellular interactions

Biologist may not, but it appears that evolution does. According to an article by a Cal Tech biologists, in order to achieve the efficiencies observe in photosynthesis the leaf cell has to be using a quantum computational method so as to find the optimal or near optimal path through the cell  for the energy of the photon utilized. I had a link to the article on the computer that was recently killed by lightning.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Aug 27th, 2011 at 10:06:07 PM EST
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Discovering a natural process may be described, analyzed, with QM - or any other intellectual tool, for that matter - is NOT the same as proving the natural process uses QM - or the intellectual tool.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Aug 28th, 2011 at 02:54:23 PM EST
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Of course not! I was not suggesting that leaves are conscious. But it is possible that evolution has come upon a process that WE require quantum computing to explain.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Aug 28th, 2011 at 03:47:51 PM EST
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Hopefully, you were also not suggesting that leaves were "unconscious."

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by Crazy Horse on Sun Aug 28th, 2011 at 03:59:34 PM EST
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ever read 'secret life of plants'?

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 05:00:36 AM EST
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