“I know that the molecules in my body are traceable to phenomena in the cosmos. That makes me want to grab people in the street and say, ‘have you heard this?!’ We are all connected: to each other biologically,
to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically.” – Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
According to Dr Stuart Hameroff, Professor Emeritus at the Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychology and the Director of the Center of Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, scientific fact now supports the existence of the human soul. Dr. Hameroff alleges that the near-death experience happens when quantum substances which form the soul leave the nervous system and enter the universe at large.
Dr Hameroff alleges that, in a near-death experience, the micro tubules lose what he refers to as their “quantum state”, yet somehow the information within them -rather than being destroyed – merely leaves the body and returns back to the cosmos.
The theory asserts that when patients have a near death experience, their quantum soul is actually released from the body, re-enters the cosmos, then returns to the body once they are revived.
Dr. Hameroff: “Let’s say the heart stops beating, the blood stops flowing, the micro tubules lose their quantum state. The quantum information within the micro tubules 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 micro tubules 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.”
According to Dr. Hameroff, consciousness is a program for a quantum computer in the brain which can persist in the universe even after death, explaining the perceptions of those who have near-death experiences.
Dr Hameroff goes on to state that new findings about the role quantum physics plays in biological processes will one day prove his theory to be a commonly held fact.
It’s basis is a quantum theory of consciousness that he and renown British physicist/mathmatician Sir Roger Penrose have jointly developed, which holds that the essence of our soul is contained inside structures called “micro tubules” within our brain cells.
They have jointly presented the theory that our experience known as “consciousness” is actually the result of quantum gravity’s effects within these micro tubules, a theory which they dubbed “orchestrated objective reduction (Orch-OR)”.
Their remarkable theory supports the idea that the human soul is far more than the interaction of neurons in the brain, but instead is constructed from the very fabric of the universe, having possibly existed since the beginning of time itself.
The concept holds similar to Buddhist and Hindu belief that consciousness is nothing less than an integral part of the universe itself; indeed that it’s all there may be. This concept is also similar to that of Western philosophical idealism.
In the meantime, the Orch-OR theory has come under heavy fire by the more conventionally – minded scientific community. Among those at the forefront of the attack on this theory is MIT physicist Max Tegmark, as stated in a 2000 paper that is being widely quoted by opponents of the Orch-OR theory.
Nevertheless, Dr Hameroff believes that research in to quantum physics is beginning to validate Orch-Or, with quantum effects recently being shown to successfully support many important biological processes (bird navigation, photosynthesis, etc.).
In the meantime, the assertion of this dramatic theory just might make everyone who believes in the immortality of the human soul a “scientist” of sorts; definitely some tasty food for thought.