We don’t know what to make of this, so we’ll post about it and let you decide. The headline in London’s Daily Express is: LIFE AFTER DEATH: Shock claim of evidence showing consciousness may continue as a SOUL. They have a comments section with more than 140 comments already. They also have a video of an interview with Roger Penrose, whose name comes up later. Here are some excerpts from the news story, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
The possibility of life after death is one of the greatest mysteries of humanity, but now experts are claiming that there is no death of consciousness – just death of the body. According to some well-respected scientists, quantum mechanics allows consciousness to live on following the body’s eventual demise.
We’ve encountered something like this before, and we wrote New Book Claims There Is No Death, in which we said: “Quantum mechanics can have a strange effect on some people.” Let’s see what else the Daily Express says:
While scientists are still unsure about what exactly consciousness is, the University of Arizona’s Stuart Hameroff believes that it is merely information stored at a quantum level. British physicist Sir Roger Penrose agrees and believes he and his team have found evidence that protein-based microtubules – a structural component of human cells – carry quantum information – information stored at a sub-atomic level.
Roger Penrose is the real deal. According to Wikipedia:
[He is] an English mathematical physicist, mathematician and philosopher of science. He is the Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford, as well as an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College. Penrose is known for his work in mathematical physics, in particular for his contributions to general relativity and cosmology. He has received several prizes and awards, including the 1988 Wolf Prize for physics, which he shared with Stephen Hawking for their contribution to our understanding of the universe
Okay, back to the Daily Express, which tells us:
Sir Roger states if a person temporarily dies, this quantum information is released from the microtubules and into the universe. However, if they are resuscitated the quantum information is channeled back into the microtubules and that is what sparks a near death experience. Sir Roger added: “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.”
Amazing, huh? But wait — there’s more. Then we’re told:
Researchers from the renowned Max Planck Institute for physics in Munich agree and state that the physical universe that we live in is only our perception and once our physical bodies die, there is an infinite beyond. Dr Hans-Peter Dürr, former head of the Max Planck Institute for Physics, has said: “What we consider the here and now, this world, it is actually just the material level that is comprehensible.
We know your mind is reeling, dear reader. Here’s one last excerpt:
Dr Christian Hellwig of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, added: “Our thoughts, our will, our consciousness and our feelings show properties that could be referred to as spiritual properties. No direct interaction with the known fundamental forces of natural science, such as gravitation, electromagnetic forces, etc. can be detected in the spiritual. On the other hand, however, these spiritual properties correspond exactly to the characteristics that distinguish the extremely puzzling and wondrous phenomena in the quantum world.”
In other words, they have no data to confirm the existence of all the souls that may be out there. As we said at the start, we don’t know what to make of this. What do you think, dear reader?
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