Proof Of Life After Death?
I came across this article on Viral Post not too long ago.
Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves To Another Universe At Death
According to Dr. Stuart Hameroff, a near-death experience happens when the quantum information that inhabits the nervous system leaves the body and dissipates into the universe.
Contrary to materialistic accounts of consciousness, Dr. Hameroff offers an alternative explanation of consciousness that can perhaps appeal to both the rational scientific mind and personal intuitions.
Consciousness resides, according to Stuart and British physicist Sir Roger Penrose, in the microtubules of the brain cells, which are the primary sites of quantum processing.
Upon death, this information is released from your body, meaning that your consciousness goes with it.
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).
Consciousness, or at least proto-consciousness is theorized by them to be a fundamental property of the universe, present even at the first moment of the universe during the Big Bang.
“In one such scheme proto-conscious experience is a basic property of physical reality accessible to a quantum process associated with brain activity.”
Our souls are in fact constructed from the very fabric of the universe – and may have existed since the beginning of time. Our brains are just receivers and amplifiers for the proto-consciousness that is intrinsic to the fabric of space-time.
So is there really a part of your consciousness that is non-material and will live on after the death of your physical body?
Dr Hameroff told the Science Channel’s Through the Wormhole documentary:
“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”.
Robert Lanza would add here that not only does it exist in the universe, it exists perhaps in another universe.
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”‘
He adds: “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.”
This account of quantum consciousness explains things like near-death experiences, astral projection, out of body experiences, and even reincarnation without needing to appeal to religious ideology.
The energy of your consciousness potentially gets recycled back into a different body at some point, and in the mean time it exists outside of the physical body on some other level of reality, and possibly in another universe.
Lets look at some of this a little closer.
Theory is a system of ideas intended to explain something, such as a single or collection of fact(s), event(s), or phenomen(a)(on). Typically, a theory is developed through the use of contemplative and rational forms of abstract and generalized thinking. Furthermore, a theory is often based on general principles that are independent of the thing being explained. Depending on the context, the results might for example include generalized explanations of how nature works. The word has its roots in ancient Greek, but in modern use it has taken on several different related meanings. A theory is not the same as a hypothesis. A theory provides an explanatory framework for some observation, and from the assumptions of the explanation follows a number of possible hypotheses that can be tested in order to provide support for, or challenge, the theory.
In science, the term “theory” refers to “a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment.”
In short, a Theory is itself not yet proven, so not a Law, and as such cannot be used as proof of anything else. It can be used to support another theory, as is actually being done in the case above, rather than what is given in the entirely misleading title “Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves To Another Universe At Death.” Beyond that little point, other universes have also yet to be proven to exist. There is evidence, there are many theories, but lack of proof is yet another hole in the offered title.
Looking more closely at Robert Lanza’s Biocentrism, just because some idea(r) was considered challenging to our primitive ancestors, and they came to accept it, it has no bearing whatsoever on lending credibility to any equally challenging idea(r) today. The idea(r) that the universe seems “fine-tuned for the existence of life” is quite simply to put the cart before the horse. That life as we know it seems intrinsically tied into certain functions of the universe is far more easily and rationally explained by the fact that life evolved within that construct. Those forms of life which succeeded are the only ones who have become capable of this level of self examination, and surviving has meant that they are the forms which work best within that construct, the ones that fit.
Uncertainty should be looked at as a limitation of our perception, rather than our perception controlling the Universe, and lets say for the sake of argument that our consciousness does in some way influence the universe. There is a huge gape between influence and control.
Lanza seems merely to be attempting a circuitous route to offer up another version of Creationism, and Intelligent Design, taking a mythical god out of the equation and putting some other form there. If our consciousness existed before the physical universe, than our consciousness obviously has no need of a physical form, a form which to all observation places significant limitations upon that consciousness. But let’s just say for the sake of argument that Lanza is perfectly correct. A primordial consciousness, or amalgam of consciousnesses created the universe so it/they could limit themselves. Unless he is proposing that we humans are it for that consciousness, then the Universe has life spread throughout it. Even on this single planet we cannot agree on many fundamental aspects of how the Universe (being simultaneously created by all our consciousnesses) works. To presume that all other potential life out there will agree among themselves, let alone with each other, or us, then I have to ask: How many contradictory views are out there operating on the universe creating and maintaining level? Where are we observing laws that are not uniform (hence the name Laws) that represent these contradicting consciousnesses? Or do they cancel each other out? Yet the Universe continues to exist in the face of these contradictory forces, of which there is no evidence.
Bio-Centrism? Absolutely, but not in the sense Lanza expresses. Bio-Centrism is nothing more than the arrogance of people who think the Universe exists for their purposes, rather than that they are simply the ones who have managed to survive (so far) in a Universe which exists within a framework which allows life to exist. A modern equivalent of claiming the Earth sits at the center of the Universe.
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