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Here you can check out the Introduction video for this course!
Picture Nobel Prize in physics (1921) awardee Albert Einstein, in 1942, at an Oxford University lecture where an exam was given to his senior class of physics students. Following the exam, Einstein's assistant questioned whether it was the exact same exam given the previous year. Einstein confirmed it was exactly the same exam. The assistant pressed further as to how could Dr. Einstein do that since it seemed unethically irresponsible. Einstein validated his argument by stating that "the answers have changed".
The first thematic element to this course is "the answers have changed", meaning what Einstein said in 1942 is even more true for today.
We live in a world where scientific questions may be the same as years ago but the answers have changed. This means, what has gotten some here now, will no longer get you to the next destination. If one wishes to get results that you have never had before, or had in a different environment which is no longer the same, then one needs to start doing things one has not done before.
- Check out the results from the Charles Collins' Together We Grow campaign, from last year, where we applied the works from the NASA HRP to significantly enhance the growth of plants in the desert, and significant health status changes in the persons who applied the work.
- Learn how cancer and neurological disorders are being understood and treated differently using nature's forensic GPS tracing agent deuterium explained in deutenomics. We show and explain how this is visible in MRI images.
- Read here what Nobel Prize for Peace 2013 co-recipient Ivan Culjak wrote about the course after experiencing how it changed his life.
Biophysics.org states that “the field of science is at the forefront of solving age-old human problems as well as problems of the future by developing cutting-edge technologies working to develop methods to overcome disease, eradicate global hunger, produce renewable energy sources, and solve countless scientific mysteries”. This requires tackling a wide array of topics, for example, how nerve cells communicate, how plant cells capture light and transform it into energy, how changes in the DNA of healthy cells can trigger their transformation into cancer cells, and an inexhaustible range of other biological problems. Biophysics is a field that applies the theories/models and methods of physics to understand how and why biological systems work. It helps to understand the mechanics of how the molecules of life are made, how different parts of a cell move and function, and how complex systems in our bodies — the brain, circulation, immune system, and others — work.
Quantum biology (QB) is the field that deals with the application of quantum mechanics (QM) to biological processes. QB is generally considered a subdivision of quantum physics. Its application to medicine is termed sub-molecular medical sciences (SMMS), and its application to agriculture is termed sub-molecular agricultural sciences (SMAS), which indirectly also impacts SMMS. SMMS is about taking a complicated QM idea and demonstrating how it manifests itself in life, in this instance, medical treatment and/or diagnostics. SMMS is a domain that may appear hard to believe but an incredible path to be built offering novel treatment options to patients with new perspectives.
We will also publish a paper that is presented to the annual WHO International Advisory Committee, and students with good participation will have their names and data on this paper. The paper is then also presented to Parliament and portfolio committees.