Posted on October 31, 2012 by Laura
Ground-breaking theory holds that quantum substances form the soul
- They are part of the fundamental structure of the universe
By Damien Gayle
PUBLISHED: 10:38 GMT, 30 October 2012 | UPDATED: 11:26 GMT, 30 October 2012
Life after death: Dr Stuart Hameroff, Professor
Emeritus at the University of Arizona, advanced the theory on a
A near-death experience happens when
quantum substances which form the soul leave the nervous system and
enter the universe at large, according to a remarkable theory proposed
by two eminent scientists.
According to this idea, 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 Stuart Hameroff, Professor Emeritus
at the Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychology and the Director of
the Centre of Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, has
advanced the quasi-religious theory.
It is based on a quantum theory of
consciousness he and British physicist Sir Roger Penrose have developed
which holds that the essence of our soul is contained inside structures
called microtubules within brain cells.
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
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.
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The concept is similar to the Buddhist
and Hindu belief that consciousness is an integral part of the universe
– and indeed that it is really all there may be, a position similar to
Western philosophical idealism.
With these beliefs, Dr Hameroff holds
that in a near-death experience the microtubules lose their quantum
state, but the information within them is not destroyed. Instead it
merely leaves the body and returns to the cosmos.
Shocked back to life: The theory holds that when
patients have a near death experience their quantum soul is released
from the body and re-enters the cosmos, before returning when they are
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.
‘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.’
Evidence: Dr Hameroff believes new findings
about the role quantum physics plays in biological processes, such as
the navigation of birds, will one day prove his theory
The Orch-OR theory has come in for
heavy criticism by more empirically minded thinkers and remains
controversial among the scientific community.
MIT physicist Max Tegmark is just one
of the many scientists to have challenged it, in a 2000 paper that is
widely cited by opponents, the Huffington Post reports.
Nevertheless, Dr Hameroff believes
that research in to quantum physics is beginning to validate Orch-Or,
with quantum effects recently being shown to support many important
biological processes, such as smell, bird navigation and photosynthesis.
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