The ´Meyer-Overton Quantum Underground´ in Living Systems


The ´Meyer-Overton Quantum Underground´ in Living Systems

Hameroff Stuart; Atmannspacher Harald



Biology was long considered too ‘warm, wet and noisy’ for quantum coherence, but evidence now shows functional quantum electron resonance transfer, exciton hopping and dipole oscillations in photosynthesis proteins, microtubules and other biomolecules. These occur generally among π electron resonance clouds in chromophores, or aromatic amino acid rings in non-polar, hydrophobic internal regions. At the turn of the 20th century, Meyer and Overton showed that anesthetic gas molecules, which selectively erase consciousness, acted in π-resonance regions shielded from polar charges and characterized by an ‘olive oil-like’ Hildebrand solubility parameter. We have recently shown that anesthetics block terahertz π-resonance energy transfer and exciton hopping in such regions within microtubules and suggest that a ‘Meyer-Overton quantum underground’ in proteins, membranes and nucleic acids enables quantum coherence throughout living systems.





The ´Meyer-Overton Quantum Underground´ in Living Systems

22.02.2016, Hameroff Stuart; Atmannspacher Harald

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