Quantum Soul

For its own reasons, science has become more interested in looking for the soul. Some physicists suggest its ephemeral nature could be an affect of quantum mechanics:

The quantum mind or quantum consciousness hypothesis proposes that … quantum mechanical phenomena, such as quantum entanglement and superposition, may play an important part in the brain’s function, and could form the basis of an explanation of consciousness.

Heavyweights Sir Roger Penrose and Dr. Stuart Hameroff have put forth their own version:

They have argued that our experience of consciousness is the result of quantum gravity effects in these microtubules, a theory which they dubbed orchestrated objective reduction (Orch-OR). Thus it is held that our souls are more than the interaction of neurons in the brain. They are in fact constructed from the very fabric of the universe – and may have existed since the beginning of time.

Dr. Hameroff even suggests how this may explain near death experiences:

Let’s say the heart stops beating, the blood stops flowing, the microtubules lose their quantum state. The quantum information within the microtubules is not destroyed, it can’t be destroyed, it just distributes and dissipates to the universe at large.

If the patient is resuscitated, revived, this quantum information can go back into the microtubules and the patient says, ‘I had a near death experience’. If they’re not revived, and the patient dies, it’s possible that this quantum information can exist outside the body, perhaps indefinitely, as a soul.

The Orch-OR theory has many critics. (The main argument being that quantum states would decohere before reaching a spatial or temporal scale at which they could be useful for neural processing.) I don’t pretend to understand the details—no one does.*

I’m fascinated by the tacit admission there may be more to us than atoms; something that most of humanity has believed for most of history.

*”I think I can safely say that nobody
understands quantum mechanics.”
– Richard Feynman


4 thoughts on “Quantum Soul

  1. Let me assure you, the Near Death Experience is a REAL Experience. Not some hallucination created by an oxygen starved brain or an endorphin filled brain. These are some of the explanations offered by modern medical science to explain AWAY near death experiences. The underlying fear of the sceptic is a complete Paradigm shift if we accept that the Near Death Experiences are real and it is a peep through the veil of death, to see what lies beyond, and that death is not the end and our Awareness continues even after the destruction of the physical body. People who thought for years that death is the end of a human being is suddenly confronted with some thing that will turn their idea of reality, topsy-turvy :). They are really scared of this. I will humbly suggest to read the Near Death Experience of Dr.George Rodonia. He was a Russian medical doctor, an atheist, an MD in medicine and a Ph.D in Neuro-pathology. He died as a result of aroad accident. A truck hit him. For three days his dead body was kept in a mortuary in Russia. When the autopsy procedure started and they tried to cut his stomach open he sat up n the operating table !! There are externally verifyable elements in his experience which no quantum mechanics can explain away, other than accepting that we are really Spiritual beings having a spiritual experience. I don’t want to divulge more but will suggest that people read this :
    Before his NDE the doctor was an atheist. But afterwards he became an ardent believer. He has done a Ph.D in comparitive religions. He migrated to the US and became a Decaon of a Christian sect. He died in 2008 or so. You can see him in this video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF8YsS0i4tI
    In his Autobiography, Dr.Carl gustav Jung had explained his own near deathg experience. http://www.near-death.com/jung.html

      1. My small comment about Quantum Mechanics. Einstein didn’t believe in this. He cannot accept that every thing in nature is probabilistic. David Shiang in his outstanding book “God Does Not play dice” asserts that Nature is deterministic and not probabilistic. Shiang asserts that all events have one and only one outcome. What happened is the only event possible. http://books.google.co.in/books/about/God_Does_Not_Play_Dice.html?id=Y-6yuiaZj20C

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