Furthermore, it continues to exist even after death. Researchers say that after people die, the soul returns to the cosmos. It does not die.
But let’s stop there for a minute and get back to basics.
If you ask scientists about the soul, they’ll most likely tell you that the debate about whether the soul exists and whether It is an immortal essence has caused debate for centuries among universal thinkers.
The soul’s enigmatic and elusive nature has eluded understanding despite different scientific areas trying to study it.
However, now a group of scientists believes they’ve come to a step closer to understanding the mysterious nature of the human consciousness and the soul and say that it does not die, but returns to the universe.
All of this sounds like science fiction; where’s the evidence?
In 1996, Stuart Hameroff, an American Physicist and Emeritus in the Department of Anesthesiology and Psychology, and Sir Roger Penrose, a mathematical physicist at Oxford University, worked on a theory dubbed the Quantum Theory of Consciousness. It could indicate that the human soul is real and contained in the brain cells’ microtubules.
Speaking to the Science Channel’s “Through the Wormhole” documentary, Dr. Hameroff said:
“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, and 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.”
Everything Dr. Hameroff and Sir Roger Penrose have proposed is based on a quantum theory of consciousness, which holds that our soul’s essence is contained inside structures called microtubules within brain cells.
According to Hameroff and Penrose, the human brain is a biological computer, and consciousness can be translated into something like a program run by the quantum computer inside the brain. Interestingly, they argue that this program can continue to function even after biological death.
The scientists further say that what humans understand as consciousness is actually the result of quantum gravity’s effects within the so-called microtubules.
This process is named after the two scientists as “Orchestrated Objective Reduction” (Orch-OR).
Their theory argues that when people go through a phase referred to as ‘clinical death,’ the brain’s microtubules lose their quantum state. However, they maintain the information contained within them.
“The origin of consciousness reflects our place in the universe, the nature of our existence. Did consciousness evolve from complex computations among brain neurons, as most scientists assert? Or has consciousness, in some sense, been here all along, as spiritual approaches maintain?” ask Hameroff and Penrose in the current review.
“This opens a potential Pandora’s Box, but our theory accommodates both these views, suggesting consciousness derives from quantum vibrations in microtubules, protein polymers inside brain neurons, which both govern neuronal and synaptic function, and connect brain processes to self-organizing processes in the fine-scale, ‘proto-conscious’ quantum structure of reality.”
After 20 years of sceptical criticism, “the evidence now clearly supports Orch OR,” continue Hameroff and Penrose. “Our new paper updates the evidence, clarifies Orch OR quantum bits, or “qubits,” as helical pathways in microtubule lattices, rebuts critics, and reviews 20 testable predictions of Orch OR published in 1998 — of these, six are confirmed, and none refuted.”
Lead author Stuart Hameroff concludes, “Orch OR is the most rigorous, comprehensive, and successfully-tested theory of consciousness ever put forth. From a practical standpoint, treating brain microtubule vibrations could benefit a host of mental, neurological, and cognitive conditions.”
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