Science Fiction – Biological Quantum Mechanics?

There’s an intriguing little article about biology and quantum mechanics here …

What gets me is that we humans use quantum mechanics to help with our sense of smell. Hold on a mo… don’t cats and dogs have a better sense of smell? Does that mean they use more quantum mechanics than we do? Should we have a chart of how much biological entities use quantum mechanics as a measure? Would Schroedinger’s be the top dog?

And is this another aspect of science that science fiction has not predicted?

If so, I’m starting to wonder if there is a gap in science predictions from science fiction. It must have occurred after what they call the golden age of the 40s and 50s… and after the first Star Trek series with all its gadgets in the late 60s….

…and yet we have the scientists and entrepreneurs searching science fiction for new ideas on what to develop next…

..questions, Questions, QUESTIONS…



4 thoughts on “Science Fiction – Biological Quantum Mechanics?

  1. The science prediction gap in SF opened up around the time of the New Wave. Also, conversely the science communications boom starting in the late 1970’s to 1980’s has meant there is a flood of new scientific concepts. Too many for SF authors to cope with, in the main, apart from clinging to older science-fictional concepts. Plus a lack of engagement in taking contemporary science and working out how to use it in science fiction.

    Greg Egan’s TERANESIA is concerned with quantum biological evolution. Not sure if the concept is original to him. He may have found it in the scientific literature. A wonderful concept. More SF should play with it.

    1. Welcome to my blog, Jeff.

      This are interesting observations – certainly the split away from science communication occurring at about the time the New Wave kicked in in earnest.

      The divergence of science and the science in science fiction continues apace -I do wonder why there are fewer and fewer SF authors with a science background.

      I’ve actually got a lot of Greg Egan’s books, including this one – unfortunately I never got round to reading it. It’ll be interesting to compare this to ‘The Hungry Tide’ by Amitav Ghosh (one of the set books we did on the MA Creative Writing course).

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