Interview with Dr. Mae-Wan Ho about her pioneering work in understanding life by David Riley, MD, editor in chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine (ATHM); Rollin McCraty, MD, of the Institute of HeartMath; and Suzanne Snyder, managing editor of ATHM
ATHM: Please tell us a little bit about your background and schooling.
Ho: I was born in Hong Kong; started school in Chinese and then transferred to an English school for girls, run by Italian nuns. I got exposed to serious Western ideas late-ish in life, when I was about 10 or 11 years old. I was quite good in school, and the nuns let me do whatever I liked; didn’t have to listen if I got bored. So I escaped the worst of reductionist Western education because ideas that didn’t fit just rolled off my back. I guess that explains why I’m always at odds with whatever the conventional theory is in every single field that I go into.
I was in the convent school until I entered Hong Kong University to read biology and then biochemistry as a PhD. Again, I learned almost nothing useful during that time. Maybe I exaggerate: I learned, by myself, of things I liked to learn about. After I finished university, I got a postdoctoral fellowship, and began to change fields because I didn’t like the kind of research I was doing. I began to revolt against neo-Darwinism and the reductionist way of looking at things in bits.
I had gone into biochemistry for my Ph.D. because of something I heard from one of the professors who quoted Albert St. Györgyi - the father of biochemistry—that life was interposed between two energy levels of an electron. I thought that was sheer poetry. That made me want to know, “what is life?”
So I went into biochemistry thinking I would find the answer there. But it was very dull because biochemistry then was about cutting up and grinding up everything, separating, purifying. Nothing to tell you about what life is about.
Biology as a whole was studying dead, pinned specimens. There was nothing that answered the question, what is biological organization? What makes organisms tick? What is being alive? I especially detested neo-Darwinism because it was the most mind-numbing theory that purports to explain anything and everything by “selective advantage”, competition and selective advantage.
I spent a lot of time criticizing neo-Darwinism until I got bored. What neo-Darwinism leaves out is the whole of chemistry, physics, and mathematics, all science in fact. You don’t even need any physiology or developmental biology if everything can be explained in terms of selective advantage and a gene for any and every character, real or imaginary.
Finally, I met some remarkable people and learned a lot from them, and completely changed my field of research to try and answer that haunting question, “what is life?” I wrote a book on the ‘physics of organisms’, not ‘biophysics’, which is largely about the structure of dead biological materials and physical methods used in characterizing them. The physics of organisms is about living organization, quantum coherence and other important concepts.
ATHM: Did you change fields during your schooling or afterward?
Ho: It was after my schooling; almost a complete break with my previous training. In the first year of university, we had to do everything. We had to do all sorts of chemistry, including thermodynamics. Thermodynamics was the first class in the morning. It was a huge class. I always arrived late. The lecturer spoke very quickly, very quietly, wrote on the board with one hand and rubbed off with the other. So I understood nothing at all.
I had to relearn all the thermodynamics, but that came later. The first person who started to influence me was Fritz Popp, a quantum physicist studying light emission from living organisms. When I first met him, I didn’t understand a single word of what he was saying, but he mentioned something called quantum coherence. I had a feeling it was very important, and I decided to find out as much as possible about it.
ATHM: Who were some of your other influences?
Ho: The second person whose work influenced me most was Herbert Fröhlich. Fröhlich was a solid-state physicist. He was very interested in why organisms are, among other things, so sensitive to electromagnetic fields and microwaves of very low intensity, very weak fields, such as those from high tension power lines and mobile phones (see Drowning in a Sea of Microwaves and other articles in the series, SiS 34). He had a theory of ‘coherent excitations’ that was related to the theory of quantum coherence because he treated the organism almost like a solid-state system.
His idea was that the living cell is not like a bag of water with enzymes dissolved in dilute solutions. In fact, the whole cell is jammed with molecules and organelles, and it’s more like solid state device. In such a system, if you pump it up with energy, it could get into coherent states, just like a solid-state laser. With the help of my good husband Peter Saunders, a mathematician, I began to understand what Fröhlich was talking about. Then I worked with Fritz Popp over a period of several years, and learned a lot of deep quantum theory from him. He was a very good teacher and, in the end, I learned things from him that maybe he didn’t intend to teach. I owe him a real debt. Working with him was very enlightening.
After that, I went back and relearn all my thermodynamics. I had another great teacher in Kenneth Denbigh. He was well known for a number of excellent textbooks on non-equilibrium thermodynamics. The most important for me was a little book called The Thermodynamics of the Steady State. I was fortunate enough to be in constant communication with him, he was retired by then. He was a very generous teacher; I ended up extending his work with his blessing. He remained my friend to the last.
And I must mention Erwin Schrödinger, who wrote What Is Life? A book that inspired many, including me.
Those are some of the influences that led me to write my book, The Rainbow and the Worm, The Physics of Organisms, first published in 1993. That was when I first applied quantum coherence seriously to explain living organization. The more definitive theory was in the second edition, published in 1998. The first edition was patterned after Schrödinger’s What Is Life?
The remarkable thing about Schrödinger’s book is that he wrote it before solid-state physics, before the transistor was invented. Most people know that book because it predicted DNA as the genetic material. But that was only half of the book. The other half was about coherence. That was the line of enquiry I followed. In 1996, I suddenly had an insight into a theory of the organism, the thermodynamics of living organisms. That is more developed in the 1998 edition of The Rainbow Worm. It was enlarged and updated in a third edition in 2008.
In the1993 first edition, I said that quantum coherence was responsible for biological organization, and nobody really believed it, even though I provided a combination of what appeared to me good theoretical arguments backed up by experimental evidence. Not even my best friends believed it.
Now in 2010, one of the things that most excites biologists is quantum coherence in photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process whereby green plants and other organisms harvest light. They obtain energy from the sun for growing and doing all the sorts of things that constitute being alive. Using very sophisticated instrumentation, scientists have discovered that the very fast reactions involve quantum coherence. They are amazed that quantum coherence can exist, and can persist for hundreds of femtoseconds. A femtosecond is 10-15 second. And this happens over a distance of nanometers (10-9m). Scientists are very excited about that, which is sad, because the whole organism is quantum coherent.
ATHM: Quantum mechanics is important in explaining the biochemistry in the molecules. As you said, many scientists go on to treat the molecules like classical ball-and-stick models. But how those nonliving chemicals get magically turned into living systems is still a mystery. So you are saying that coherence is the defining quality of a living system?
Ho: We discovered an imaging technique in my lab that made all organisms look like liquid crystal displays. We put little organisms under a microscope, the polarizing light microscope that earth scientists use to look at rock crystals. The microscope has two crossed polarizers, so the field is completely dark as no light can get through, unless you have these rock crystals that are ‘birefringent’; that have a particular kind of crystalline order that changes the direction of light, so they appear bright and colorful. These crystals have a special atomic order. Liquid crystals do the same, they are also birefringent. They have special molecular alignments, and can appear bright and colorful too; but you need a specific setting of the microscope to bring that out, as the birefringence of liquid crystals is weaker than rock crystals, though the principle is the same.
However, in a living organism, there is nothing static and that was what puzzled us at the beginning: How can they look like liquid crystal displays, even if they are liquid crystals? They’re moving around all the time, so there can’t be any static molecular order to give the brilliant colors. (That’s why I called my book, The Rainbow and the Worm, the Physics of Organisms. The ‘worm’ wasn’t really a worm; it was a Drosophila larva, a little fruit fly larva that hatches out of an egg. )
When we made this amazing discovery, which gave me one of the most powerful aesthetic experiences I had in my life, I was actually looking for something else. I was looking for molecular order in the egg that is more subtle, like a pre-pattern of the body plan that eventually appears in the course of development. That was what we were looking for. And we did find it, but it was nowhere near as exciting as the moving organism appearing like a dynamic liquid crystal display.
The explanation is that all the molecules are moving coherently together and the molecular motions are slower than the vibrations of light. So at every instant, the light senses the molecular order and therefore gives you this liquid crystal display. That really is the best evidence of the molecular coherence that exists in the whole organism. The water associated with the living organisms – some 70 percent by weight and 99 percent by count of molecules - is most important in this respect because the water is responsible for a lot of the liquid crystallinity and also the flexibility of the proteins and other macromolecules, so that they can all move coherently together (see numerous articles in a long running series spread over many issues of SiS, for example, Liquid Crystalline Water at the Interface, SiS 39; Water’s Effortless Action at a Distance, SiS 32; First Sighting of Structured Water, Positive Electricity Zaps Through Water Chains, SiS 28)
The quantum coherent organism is not just a theoretical concept; it needs more than simply applying conventional quantum theory to organisms. The conventional quantum mechanics needed to be stretched, and that’s what I did in my book. The analogy is a multi-mode laser that is pumped up to be coherent in many frequencies, a whole range of frequencies. The wide range of frequencies in an organism is just fantastic. In my book, I say that it’s like 70 doublings of the octave.
I use the analogy of ‘quantum jazz’ to express the quantum coherence of the organism. It goes through a fantastic range of space and time scales, from the tiniest atom or subatomic particle to the whole organism and beyond. Organisms communicate with other organisms, and are attuned to natural rhythms, so they have circadian rhythms, annual rhythms, and so on. At the other extreme, you have very fast reactions that take place in femtoseconds. And all these rhythms are coordinated, there is evidence for that.
Of course, you can never find a non-living example of this kind. You find bits of it in solid state systems that can become coherent in a few frequencies. You find bits of it in, say, a tuned radio. When a radio is tuned, you can receive the signal that you are attuned to. The organism is tuned to all the frequencies simultaneously.
If you look at the heartbeat, it is actually a reflection of all the frequencies in the body, which makes it appear superficially to be highly irregular (see The Heartbeat of Health and other articles in the series, SiS 35). But if you analyze the heartbeat with the right mathematical tools, you can extract just the kind of multimode quantum coherence characteristic of the living organism. That’s what is so fascinating.
ATHM: It seems that nobody agrees on a definition of a living system yet. Do you think that coherence is going to have to be included in an accurate definition of living systems?
Ho: Yes, I would define organisms as “self-organizing quantum coherent systems.” So the problem also involves defining quantum coherence, especially that of organisms. At the moment, there are bits of definition that fit. Phase correlation is important for quantum coherence in general terms. For example, in the heartbeat data time series data, if you shuffle the data so the data points come in a random order, the coherence is lost on analysis, because the phase correlation is destroyed.
In my book, I mention factorizability, which is a bit technical. An organism is full of activities over all time and space scales. In a fully coherent system, the activities are all correlated, yet each of these activities will appear as though they are independent of all the others. That is really counterintuitive. It is because they are so perfectly correlated that the cross-correlations are just the self-correlations multiplied together. So it is analogous to the classical situation in which the joint probabilities of two independent events are the two independent probabilities multiplied together.
This criterion of quantum coherence comes from the work of quantum physicist Roy Glauber, who won the 2005 Nobel Prize in quantum optics. Glauber’s work is among the wonderful things that Fritz Popp introduced me to.
I use the imagery of Quantum Jazz (SiS 32, SiS 34) to put it across. Imagine a huge jazz band of musicians making music, from very small instruments to the very large, playing very fast to very slow, with a musical range of 70 octaves. They are improvising from moment to moment, spontaneously and freely; and yet keeping in tune and in step with the whole. That is the ultimate quantum coherence.
One can have different degrees (order) of quantum coherence (see The Rainbow Worm). The fully quantum coherent state would be quantum coherence of n order, n being a very large number approaching infinity. This state is only reach rarely, perhaps once or twice in a life time, for some of us, or maybe not at all. You get an inkling of it when you have an aesthetic experience, a very special aesthetic experience, like one I had when first encountering the rainbow worm. Some people would call it a mystical experience. (I’m not a mystic or a religious person, but I do love art. I do art as much as I do science, and in much the same way. That’s what makes life fulfilling for me.)
You can have lower degrees of coherence; the work-a-day coherence that keeps life ticking over. If you have a fully quantum coherent system, you will never age and you will never die. But, we do age and we do die. That’s because of incoherence of varying degrees. In my book, I suggest that time is really the accumulation of incoherence.
When you accumulate incoherence, you age. So, I think a happy coherent person ages more slowly than someone full of angst and strive. It’s fascinating to think about that.
I’m not saying that quantum theory is the be all and end all, the answer to life, the universe and everything. But it gives you an insight into how to think about these things. Conventional quantum theory isn’t enough. Quantum coherence has practical consequences. Please explore it. Please do something with it because it will change the whole way we regard health and disease. That’s what’s missing.
I have no doubt that at least some of the more esoteric things people ascribe to quantum effects are real, such as instantaneous communication at a distance, remote healing, etc. But we can push the boundaries from the very conventional toward quantum coherence of the organism, to complete quantum coherence of the universe. I believe the universe is quantum coherent. Quantum coherence is everywhere. And if we know how to tune into it, we see it. If we ignore it, if we’re very reductionist and mechanical in our thinking and in what we do, we’ll miss it (see Nature is Quantum, Really and other articles in the series, SiS 22).
ATHM (Dr McCraty): I completely agree. From a very simple perspective, when we measure coherence in the rhythms of the biological system or the human being, there are the energetic parts, the things that we can’t measure or touch—things like our thoughts and emotions, for example. I think of those as energetic systems, but not in an esoteric way. They’re the things we can’t measure. But as we become more emotionally incoherent, more angry and irritated for instance, that’s instantly reflected in an incoherence in the rhythmic activity of the different systems in the body (see Happiness Is A Heartbeat Away, SiS 35). I think that parallels very well with what you were saying: Accumulating incoherence ages the system.
Ho: That’s right. The heart is so important. It coordinates the activities, but more importantly, it intercommunicates with everything.
ATHM (Dr McCraty): Right! And is affected by everything.
Ho: It is like a symphony. I’m a Taoist at heart. And quantum coherence and Taoism are one because coherent action is effortless action. Once I found this physics of organisms, I never wanted to leave it because I realized that I needed to find my way back to reclaiming my complete self.
Western education tends to divide you up. It divides you up into the observer and the observed, the controller and the controlled. God knows what else. Life isn’t like that. Life is spontaneous and free, and everything works by intercommunication. It’s a perfect social anarchy because each player is as much in control as he or she is sensitive and responsive. That’s the ideal of the happy person, of the healthy person.
And when you’ve got a group of people playing music together and they get into a coherent state, it’s so beautiful. It is just the most beautiful thing. You can feel it in the audience. I’m not a musician, but I can feel how sublimely happy the musicians are when they are in that state.
ATHM: Is sustainability a characteristic of coherence?
Ho: Yes. If you look at the thermodynamics of a sustainable system, it’s actually based on the ‘zero entropy’ ideal. In the quantum coherent system, because all the activities are linked together, are correlated, the entropy is zero; the system has effectively a single degree of freedom
ATHM: So increasing entropy is also characteristic of incoherence.
Ho: Yes. If you have an ideal sustainable system, it is a circular economy. To express it thermodynamically, if you have a closed circle, then you don’t accumulate or generate entropy. Of course, the organism is an open system, and what you find is that if it doesn’t accumulate entropy inside and the entropy, the entropy must be exported outside, but even the entropy exported - the waste - is minimal. That is the ideal of sustainability, and it is approached by natural ecosystems that last for thousands of years. If we want to recreate it, then we learn to do it nature’s way, nature’s circular economy, which is why recycling makes sense.
ATHM: So then, our current spasms of financial crises would be a reflection of social incoherence?
Ho: It’s interesting: people say, “Energy is just like money.” That is the greatest fallacy. In fact, the coherent system, the sustainable system, works by goodwill and by fair exchanges. It works by fair trade—you have to compensate realistically for the resources. You’ve got to make full compensation of resources. If you pay too little, you make people work far harder and exploit the natural resources more, and therefore, you deplete your environment. And because you depend on your environment for input, you are now poorer.
If you generate too much money, what happens? This is more like entropy because once again, you inflate artificially the buying power of some people, and they tend to consume far too much. So fair exchange is like energy. But if unfair exchange is what we indulge in, especially in the financial market, that’s more like entropy, sheer entropy. That’s why it tends to devastate the natural ecosystem and make everyone in effect poorer as a result.
If you look at the conventional system, because it’s based on infinite growth, it doesn’t close the cycle. It’s like a hurricane. It swallows up everything in its path and it lays waste, and that’s why it’s a boom and bust, which is inherent to the system (see Sustainable Agriculture, Green Energies and the Circular Economy, SiS 46).
ATHM: What are you working on now?
Ho: I’m working on far too many things, among which, trying to paint seriously. We publish a magazine Science in Society that promotes both independent art and science. We are engaged in numerous campaigns to persuade politicians and people to be sustainable, not to have genetically modified foods, and things like that. Maybe you should ask me what I’m not working on!
ATHM: In one of your books you say, “Science is a quest for the most intimate understanding of nature. It is not an industry set up for the purpose of validating existing theories and indoctrinating students in the correct ideologies.” Based on that, do you think science is moving in the right direction?
Ho: Some of it is moving in the right direction, which is why I’m so keen to keep looking at the literature to see if researchers are onto quantum coherence yet, for example. There is a lot of research on water, and I mentioned some research in photosynthesis. They’re discovering, slowly, quantum coherence in living systems. In physics, quantum optics is moving in a very interesting direction as well.
Quantum computing and high-temperature super conductivity—these things are threatening to change biology. Biology is the most mechanistic still. Medicine is the worst. It’s way behind. I feel very strongly about all these drugs that are not good for us. I spend quite a lot of time protecting my husband from his doctors, stopping them from giving him more drugs. These drugs cause so many side effects that they often outweigh the benefits because medicine is still based on the same mechanistic idea.
Molecular genetics has made it worse. But even genetics is pushing in the organic, non-mechanistic direction. I wrote the book Living with the Fluid Genome (ISIS publication) some time ago. It deals with the area of why genetic engineering is so bad because it doesn’t realize that the quantum coherence, this wholeness in the living organism, is in itself directing a natural genetic engineering that you get an inkling of in the ‘fluid genome’. The genome responds to the environment. Some responses can result in changing the genes themselves. And now, ironically, this very mechanistic push into molecular genetics is uncovering a lot more of the fluid genome.
ATHM: Would you say that some of the ideas that are coming out of the area of genomics validate the principle of coherence?
Ho: Yes, and they don’t know how to handle it. The ‘inheritance of acquired characters’ was a hypothesis put forward by, among others, French naturalist Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck. To be called a Lamarckian or a neo-Lamarckian was a real insult. I was a neo-Lamarckian back in the 1980s and before. To-day if you look at the molecular mechanism, there is no clearer example of Lamarckism at work. It really is the inheritance of acquired characters. Experience can mark and change genes, and these influences can be passed on to the next generation. This is all coming out of the molecular genetics research, genomics. We call it epigenomics now (see Epigenetic Inheritance - What Genes Remember and other articles in the series, SiS 40).
ATHM (Dr Riley): I would like to go back to something you said earlier. You talked about the reductionism in biology. To me, medicine is much worse. Would you agree that looking at things from a systems biology approach, rather than just a reductionism of medicine, is moving in that direction?
Ho: It depends on what you call systems biology because to some people “systems biology” is little more than putting everything in the computer and hope that it makes sense. Some useful information came out of analyzing the genome, and now the epigenome, but they still fall very, very short of making sense, it’s a lot of information in search of a systems theory.
ATHM: Is there anything else you would like to say about the limitations of current medical thinking?
Dr Ho: Current medical thinking is to define diseases by molecules. You have single molecule diseases; you have single molecule interventions. In fact, there are a lot of misdiagnoses, a lot of ignoring the whole system. There was so much fanfare, so much hype with gene therapy. And frankly, they’ve caused more grief than benefit.
You can’t just push a molecule into a system because the molecules are acting in an entire network, and they’ve got to change according to the whole. They’ve got to do quantum jazz with the whole organism, with all the other molecules, and with the whole system at every single location in the body. For example, in your body, you’ve got trillions, tens of trillions of cells. And any single cell is different at every moment. How can you hope to cure diseases by focusing on a single molecule that you put under the control of a viral promoter that makes it over-express in every cell all of the time?
Harmful side effects are getting worse with these so-called biologicals, biological medicines that they are pushing onto the market.
ATHM: Can you give us an example of the biological medicines you’re referring to?
Ho: Oh, quite a number of them. The worst ones perhaps are antibodies, involved in a catastrophic drug trial in 2006 (see London Drug Trial Catastrophe – Collapse of Science and Ethics and other articles in the series, SiS 30). Six young healthy volunteers in London, UK, became violently ill after being injected with a trial drug supposed to fight autoimmune disease and leukemia. All six suffered multiple organ failure, and were admitted to intensive care. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which gave approval for the trial, immediately withdrew authorisation; and an international warning went out to prevent the drug being tested abroad. The drug TGN1412 was a monoclonal antibody.
The names of the drugs bear no direct connection to what they really are, so you’ve got to look at the drug, and then you’ve got to figure out, “Is it a protein? Is it a monoclonal antibody? Or is it something else?” Another example is the recent Swine flu vaccines, practically all potentially dangerous, more dangerous than the Swine flu itself (see Swine Flu Pandemic - To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate? And other articles in the series, SiS 43, 44, 45).
ATHM: When you were talking about the work in photosynthesis, you mentioned that the scientists are all excited about coherence over a few femtoseconds, but the measurements that you’ve done in the larvae are showing global coherence sustained over minutes.
Ho: Yes! By the way, Fritz Popp is still involved in light emission bio-photon research. Some of my friends in Catania whom I also work with, including Franco Musumeci, we all met at Fritz Popp’s lab. We found a lot of evidence of long range coherence, as describe in my book, but it tends to be dismissed because people don’t understand it and because you can’t write down an equation on it. But I have no doubt that life is quantum coherent. Organisms are quantum jazz players, dancing life into being.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho is best known for pioneering work on the physics of organisms and sustainable systems; also a critic of genetic modification and neo-Darwinism. She is Director and co-founder of the Institute of Science in Society (www.i-sis.org.uk), and Editor-in-Chief and Art Director of its trend-setting quarterly magazine Science in Society.
She has more than 170 scientific publications, over 500 popular articles, and a dozen books, including The Rainbow and the Worm, The Physics of Organisms (1993, 2nd ed.1998, reprinted 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005; 2006, 3rd ed, 2008); Genetic Engineering: Dream or Nightmare? (1998, 1999, translated into many languages, and reprinted with extended introduction, 2007); Food Futures Now: *Organic *Sustainable *Fossil Fuel Free (2008); Green Energies - 100% Renewable by 2050 (2009).
*A slightly different version appeared as Conversation in the June issue of ATHM
Article first published 23/06/10
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Tanya Nolte Comment left 11th November 2010 08:08:26
Fascinating and gives me the desire to locate and read everything you have written. It vibrates like it makes so much sense and being a Homoeopath increases my understanding of our Art and Science. When things are in balance we always describe how everything is in harmony and when it is not it is de-natured, out of balance, out of sync, out of harmony call it what you will. Alternative health systems are cohesive with what you begin to explain here. Reminds me of snowflakes and how every one of them forms a different crystaline pattern, a restructuring of water akin to the homoeopathic remedy where each individual remedy has it's own pattern of coherence. A pleasure to read your work!!!
DNA Methyl transferase 3B Comment left 14th July 2010 15:03:47
Your style of presentation is very impressive. The meaningful contribution of your mind reflects on those people who are looking for institute of science in society. I would like to tweet on it and keep spying at every moment you blogging.
Omboon Vallisuta Comment left 30th June 2010 10:10:12
It is the most interesting article that supports the ancient medicine ways of thinking about human physiology. The Chinese, the Indian, the Thai and the Greek all mention lines of energy and chakras (the centers of energy)which can generate heat and light due to energy concentration. The blockage of these vital energy causes symptoms or diseases. The thermal energy can be transferred within these lines known in TCM as channels or meridian such in the treatment with moxibustion or acupuncture.
warren brodey M.D. Comment left 24th June 2010 15:03:43
Dear Mae Wong-ho If the quantum coherence could speak, it would tell you in soft loving words, music and more multidimensional images that your description of wholiness generates a key to creating a new planetary jazz band. This band will be able to recognize the efficiency of jamming effortlessly. This key is vital. It has the kind of energy that is needed to attract deep attachment between creatures, including scientists. Given the tools we have generated in this epoch the planets coherence and loss of coherence will become conceivable and perceptible in a way that is bio-logical and not reductionist, thank you
Todd Millions Comment left 25th June 2010 05:05:25
Dr Mae h w-you may want to explore-'tensegrity'. R B Fullers take-the way when models half built(ususlly a fight),then suddenly 'want'to assemble themselves is hard to explain,but facinating to experince.
Mae-Wan Ho Comment left 25th June 2010 09:09:24
Thanks for all your comments! Todd, I have been following the work on tensegrity since the first edition of Rainbow Worm, it is a good concept to apply to the organism as a whole that has an internal skeleton. As far as the cell is concerned, I think the change of state of liquid crystalline cell water is the key.
Christine Van Hooft Comment left 23rd June 2010 23:11:31
Reading this article was like reading the most beautiful poetry about Life. I am just an American housewife, an organic gardener striving to restructure our lifestyle and home to a sustainable, urban homestead. I only have a high school education with some other college courses. I would refer to someone like you as a "brainiac". My father-in-law had a PhD in Physcis so "I have been exposed" as we like to say here in the States. I find it so ironic, almost puzzling, that I understand almost everything you have said in this heart-warming, touching informative article. Thank you Dr. Mae Wan-Ho for all that you do. You are a blessing the Mother Earth.
Paul Eftis Comment left 4th February 2011 21:09:23
My thanks for your discussions, they have been very enlightening. I have two questions (preferably for Dr. Ho): First let me say as a physicist (classically trained but not practicing currently), I was staggered a year ago when I started learning of the massive complexity and coherent operations of the living cell. It seemed obvious to me that this could only be accounted for if we regarded the living cell as an incredible quantum state, manifesting its inherent non-local quantum nature on a massive scale that we have hitherto never imagined in our simple Hamiltonian based representations. I was very happy to see that my idea is not so "crazy". Question 1: If we regard the living cell as a coherent quantum state, how do we account for the extremely rapid decoherence of any quantum coherent system coupled to bath/environment predicted by quantum decoherence theory (i.e. MasterModel etc.)? Are there any current theories that attempt to explain this (couldn't find anything)? Question 2: How does the two state water model discussed here (low and high density water clusters) relate to the theory of Water Coherence Domains (i.e. WCDs predicted by Preparata, Del Giudice, etc.), or are these regarded as separate phenomena? Could we possibly regard Chaplin's model as the detailed structure(s) of the water within the WCDs?
joyful one Comment left 15th August 2011 20:08:41
It is so amazingly refreshing to read your work. Such a fantastic mind! I find myself nodding in agreement with many of your findings although I am first an artist, and second, an explorer. A Taoist also and a lover of the quantum field for many years now. Well done! I hope the world listens to you!
raymond Comment left 20th November 2011 08:08:06
it is amazing how we percieve our knowledge on health.for instance my 4yrs of health research has led me to believe that we live in an ocean of microorganisms. The body is like a world. In the world of the body are millions of microorganisms--little creatures each seeking their own habitat, food and environment. Just as animals in our world live in different climates, eat different foods, multiply, prey upon others, infect, go through metamorphosis, pollute streams, so these little microorganisms invade our bodies and seek out their proper habitats. These microorganisms do the following: --gnaw away at the joints (inflammatory arthritis) --Give off calcium waste matter that cements bones together --lodge in liver and kidneys, and with their bite form stones --live in the very lining of the arteries and leave their hard deposit on the walls of the arteries --cling to the lining in the nervous system and short- circuit some of the electronics in the central computer of the brain --attack cells and enter them, building cocoons around the stricken cell thus cutting off the blood supply and causing the cell to lose its specific function, so that it can only live and multiply into cancerous tumors.reading the research of dr.otto warberg,bruce lipton,rudolph virchow and l ron hubbard.i believe the reasearch of these people is the health revolution that could change this world for the better:)by the way this is coming from a person who was bleeding for 2yrs was a drunk and a druggie spent most of my life behind bars and all of a sudden i research these people and get rid of my problem and now im a health advocator for oxygen therapy because it turned my life around and i have'nt been sick since:)
drew hempel Comment left 27th August 2012 12:12:56
I loved this interview. I quoted Dr. Mae-Wan Ho's research on genetic engineering when I exposed the administration of the U of MN stating "for enough money we can give Monsanto tomatoes as big as basketballs." I visited the most traditional Berber village of Morocco where for thousands of years the desert was transformed into beautiful food crops by composting humanure as F.H. King also documented was the case in Asia. The Swedish Environment Institute now promotes this as ecological sanitation. I finished my masters degree at the U of MN by doing intensive qigong training with a Taoist yoga alchemy master who spent a month in full lotus yoga position in a cave in China -- with no sleep the whole time and just a few small bottles of water and a few apples. Chunyi Lin is his name and the top medical research institute, the Mayo Clinic doctors, did a "randomized controlled" study showing his "external energy" transmissions healed chronic pain that had been untreatable for over five years -- called "very impressive" by the lead researcher. See his http://springforestqigong.com for the amazing healing testimonies. Also I have done the DMT Amazon jungle plant medicine that activates the pineal gland through the heart connection with the heart making a loud OHM sound and the holographic rainbow vortex emerging out of the pineal gland. Master Nan, Huai-chin calls this OHM sound of the heart "converting jing to chi energy." I have also seen coherent light as ghosts that come to Chunyi Lin to get healed and he sends them into the Emptiness - a brighter light spacetime vortex. I wonder what Dr. Mae-Wan Ho thinks of Louis de Broglie's Law of Phase Harmony as dealing with the paradox of Einstein's amplitude time getting larger as the energy frequency gets higher -- against the Law of Pythagoras. Fritz Popp says that quantum coherence is limited in classical analysis by "squeezed light" since it is chaotic. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho referred to this when discussing the phase coherence analysis. Also of interest is the new research on bird migration based on quantum entanglement and this would be similar to the "quasi telepathy" of electric fish using the ampullae of Lorenzi. This is based on the potassium ratios and I think ties to the proton superconducting energy that Dr. Mae-Wan Ho discusses. Of key interest here is the vagus nerve and potassium ratios and serotonin to oxytocin levels. I wonder what Dr. Mae-Wan Ho thinks of Dr. Andrija Puharich's Psi-Plasma model based on cold fusion ultrasound and ELF waves creating a proton magnetic moment that uses quantum entanglement. His book is free online as a pdf. Michael Persinger has picked up on this -- corroborating Puharich's claim of telepathy through ELF brain coherence -- and this should be based on amplifying the heart's energy. But as Dr. Mae-Wan Ho points out the heart is actually quantum coherent but then looks chaotic. I had always been puzzled about this even after I looked at Dr. Art Winifree's book and I corresponded with Professor Steve Strogatz. He said he was researching the circadian rhythms of cancer based on chaotic synchronization and so I pointed out how on Traditional Chinese Medicine there is a 2 hour window of bioresonance for each main organ of the body -- now confirmed by the N.I.H using melatonin to heal cancer, synchronized when it is peaked naturally at night. So Dr. Mae-Wan Ho has clarified this for me about the supposed chaotic heart beat. Anyway I think I read an older version of the Rainbow and Worm that was at the U of MN engineering science library -- so I'm glad to learn it's been updated to 2008 -- amazing. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho is truly an inspiration - my own background is music training with my emphasis on nonwestern music as the key to the time-frequency uncertainty principle. Math Professor Luigi Borzacchini has revealed how music is the origin for Western mathematical "incommensurability" creating a "pre-established disharmony."