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Photosynthesis in Plants, Quantum Waves, and the Mind


—- In memory of George Floyd — (and those countries that were once free of dictators)

There exists some good evidence that plants, during photosynthesis, employ quantum processes to convert the energy that was captured from the sun into usable energy. During the light-absorption of photosynthesis in plants, a photon excites an electron in a chlorophyll molecule to create a structure called an excitonโ€”an entity containing both the excited electron and the positively charged hole it leaves behind. This exciton then searches by moving until it reaches a protein complex called the reaction center where further processing of the energy is necessary.  According to traditional, incoherent processes, the exciton would have to hop from one chlorophyll molecule to another to randomly search for the reaction center. But that would take too long. In taking too long, its energy would be lost. It has to find the reaction center almost instantly.

In order to get there almost instantly, the exciton may actually be โ€œquantum coherentโ€ such that it travels like a wave, it can explore all possible paths simultaneously and only take the most efficient route. A television show that is featured on the Curiosity Channel offers excellent examples of this, but most of you probably do not subscribe to the Curiosity Channel. The Curiosity Channel explains that it is like a blindfolded man in a thick forest who has to get to the reaction center (which is somewhere within the forest). He can randomly search by bumping into tree after tree until he bumps into the reaction center; that is the standard way. But if he acts quantumly, he travels in all directions at once and quickly finds the reaction center. (It’s rather super-computer-like in a way!) If you throw a rock into a pond, the waves travel (in a way) in all directions at once. That is how the exciton may search; quantum tunneling may also be involved.

People who have clairvoyant tendencies may also somehow tap into this quantum oriented realm. Especially, a brain that does not merely depend on a man-made, illusory center may be able to penetrate beyond the ordinary, mundane barriers that restrict, that keep most people confined. That is when real meditation takes place. But there is no psychological center that can “make” real meditation happen. Eternity exists well beyond the confined, the restricted, the ordinary.

From Walt Whitman:

“The smallest sprout shows there is really no death,
And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait at the end to arrest it,
And ceas’d the moment life appear’d.

All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses,
And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.”

(Also please watch the short included video if you have time.)

Wild Lamium … Photo by Thomas Peace c.2020

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  1. May George Floyd rest in peace..and what a sweet tribute you have here
    I have been watching the news and its not really good .keep safe in there Tom๐Ÿ˜Š


  2. Your photos are remarkable! Wow! What kind of camera do you use? I don’t know if I have ever seen such detail. Do you develop them yourself? I don’t know that much about photography, even though I love it, so I don’t know if developing them makes a difference.


  3. All too quickly we have moved on from the murder of Ahmaud Aubrey and the profiling of Christian Cooper to now mourn the senseless murder of George Floyd. Sadly Ahmaud and Christian were soon forgotten with this hell that is going on now. Here in the Detroit area, people were already hot and bothered with the heat and the lengthy march and accompanying protests. The marchers/protesters balked at curfew at 8:00 p.m., lots of resistance and knocked down some reporters and 84 of the protesters were hauled off to jail tonight. Sadly our nation is a ship with no one at the helm … now we need strong leadership to guide us through this horrible ordeal as well as the pandemic. I fear they will have a resurgence of COVID-19 here in Detroit which was an epicenter at one time. The people who are protesting so vehemently and tossing items at police are not Detroiters, but people from the suburbs or even out of towners. Lots of detail on the Wild Lamium as to the leaves – very nice Tom.


    • Someone wrote that Canada must feel like someone living in an apartment above a lower apartment that is a meth-lab. That must be how Canadians feel about the sick U.S.A. now. I really think that Trump is a fascist and is Putin’s little puppet (which he is). I’m so very glad that we never had kids. What a sick, sad country right now. We are now the kind of country that other countries should invade because of all of the injustices going on.
      I’ve seen videos of police damaging their own vehicles and then blaming protestors. I bet the virus will spread in some of the protest areas.
      Stay safe, Linda.


      • I have no doubt that Canadians feel that way Tom. They probably look at the U.S. and see a nation with no leadership and they see someone who can say “I am the President, that’s why” … a figurehead only – not a leader in any way. This country is a mess. We’re living through a pandemic and riots with no responsibility for the first and only blame given, plus a stupid solution to quell the violence in these riots/looting. I lived in Canada until age 10 and we moved here the year before the race riots in Detroit in 1967. We never had any issues with Black people, whom we called Negroes. We were horrified to see racial injustice way back in 1966. Did you hear the audio or see the video of PM Justin Trudeau when asked his opinion on Trump’s handling of the unrest in the nation? He took a 21-second pause before replying. Here is the video if you didn’t see it.
        I didn’t know about the police damaging their own vehicles and blaming protesters. We have a lot of unrest in Detroit and once again they went past the 8:00 p.m. curfew. They will be marching about a mile from where I live tomorrow, but the police were advised it is an organized march through our City and a neighboring city down a main street. I don’t go that way and don’t plan to be out except tomorrow morning to walk. They are too close for comfort though. You stay safe too Tom.

      • They were protesting in Bourbonnais near to where we live. They need to protest and should protest. Trudeau’s pause seemed like an eternity! Good points, but he could have said even more.
        Our elderly neighbor, a widow who i get the mail for, was telling me about what she called an ignorant, lazy black boss that her son works for. Linda, we have black people in our family. Racism is learned. People have it because they conceive and perceive through warped fragmentation.

  4. Oh, how much I LOVED this post – you and I both know that non locality is a reality – that quantum processes underlie how we know what we know – there is a direct relationship between “second sight” etc and quantum processes.

    I appreciated too how well you explained a complex idea… I think many people turn away from quantum processes because they cannot handle the “both and” aspect of waves emanating in many directions at the same time – instantly. Those of us who peer into the future probably have an edge here because of our embodied experiences.

    I also loved the video – I had just posted pictures of green – the joy of summer green on FB – the only time I use it – think I told you that – and wanted to add that video since it was woven into my few words and simple pictures but couldn’t.

    Thanks Tom!


    • Thanks, Sara! Good to read! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’ve written to a couple of physicists because i have a good “insight” of how quantum points and waves are one in the same thing. But none of them has responded back. Apparently, they feel if you do not have a degree in quantum physics, you have nothing substantial to contribute. I say, “Let them stay in the dark.” ๐Ÿ™‚

      I do not go on facebook because Mark Zuckerberg is a big Trump supporter, and Trump is so very anti-green, anti-environment, anti-life, anti-compassion, anti-goodness.

      Tadpoles turning into frogs use quantum processes too, and i may include something about that in my upcoming blog. (You mention your compassionate attempts to help some tadpoles in your recent blog… which was very admirable.)
      Take care! ๐Ÿ™‚


      • I counter FB horrors by posting something about Nature every single day… some people read these little homilies and respond to the pictures – I like to think of this as my gift to the earth. Other than that like you I do NOT support FB.

        You have written to the wrong physicists – Try Rupert Sheldrake – just google and he will come up – hie is the author of many books on subjects that would interest you. He will respond and he is incredibly knowledgeable and respectful. His theory of morphic resonance could be understood as a quantum process. he will also steer you towards physicists who will respond.

        Please DO write bout tadpole transformation as a quantum process – PLEASE!

        It’s easy to help frogs – I love them.

  5. I’ve watched some stuff, in the past, by Rupert Sheldrake, on YouTube. Some of his stuff, i liked. Other of his stuff seemed too off-the-wall or eccentric. I could, i suppose, write to him. Really though, at this point — with the world as nutty as it is — i don’t know if i really want to share what i discovered. Rupert might embrace it and some other people — people who may be really nice — but there are a lot of bad apples out there who would likely misuse it. So it may be best, i feel, to just keep quiet about it. (As the Gospel of Thomas insightfully has suggested, in Saying # 93, do not cast pearls to the swine.)

    I’ll see what i can do about the tadpole/frog thing, but i can’t promise anything. (I once had a wonderful pet frog… but he croaked.) ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Tom, your commentaries are so thought-provoking and inspiring. To see the satellite images of the earth before our worldwide pandemic shutdown compared to the first couple of weeks of the shutdown was simply astonishing. Photos of the same place looked like two different venues. The sun was unfiltered by the smog and it seems like suddenly Mother Nature began showing out spectacularly! ๐Ÿ˜€ What a welcomed sight!


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