Is There Life After Death? Scientist Attempts to Explain What Happens to the ‘Soul'


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Is There Life After Death? Scientist Attempts to Explain What Happens to the Human ‘Soul’

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 11:27am by Billy Hallowell

Over the past two years, the afterlife has been a subject of increased conversation in media. Most recently, Dr. Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon, shared his own story of an alleged elevation to heaven during a near-death experience. TheBlaze has also told Colton Burpo’s story, the young boy who claims that heaven is, indeed, a real locality. Now, Dr. Stuart Hameroff, a scientist who studies quantum consciousness, is attempting to explain what happens to the “soul” after death.

In a recent episode of “Through the Wormhole,” a series on the Science television channel that is narrated by actor Morgan Freeman, Hameroff shared his views on life after death. According to the scientist, who is professor emeritus at the Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychology and the Director of the Center of Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, understanding consciousness is key to comprehending a variety of elements that continue to attract controversy.

Specifically, better understanding the dynamic would help to simmer debate surrounding what occurs during near-death experiences and what happens to the soul after death. Consciousness, according to Hameroff, is essentially part of the universe at large, a concept that, at the surface, is relatively complex. The Huffington Post has more about the researcher’s controversial theories:

According to Dr. Hameroff, in a near-death experience, when the heart stops beating, the blood stops flowing, and the microtubules lose their quantum state, the quantum information in the microtubules isn’t destroyed. It’s distributed to the universe at large, and if the patient is revived, the quantum information can go back to the microtubules. In this event, the patient says they had something like a near-death experience, i.e. they saw white light or a tunnel or floated out of their body. In the event that the patient is not revived, “it’s possible that the quantum information can can exist outside the body, perhaps indefinitely, as a soul,” he said.

Hameroff essentially believes that the human soul may actually be constructed from the very fabric of the universe. Quantum information, which purportedly exists within each person, in the scientist’s view, can potentially live beyond the body.

“I believe that consciousness, or its immediate precursor proto-consciousness, has been in the universe all along, perhaps from the Big Bang,” Hammeroff explains.

Here’s more about the theory, below:

This is especially fascinating, considering Alexander’s story, which was also captured for an episode of “Through the Wormhole.” You can read his story here or watch him explain it below:

Considering all of these elements, those who embrace religion may see these stories and theories as explanations of a system that is overseen by God. After all, if there is, indeed, a higher power who created the universe, why wouldn’t the human souls he also formed be an integral part of that system?

The theories are certainly fascinating, as they add to the overarching discussion and debate about what happens after death.


Re: Is There Life After Death? Scientist Attempts to Explain What Happens to the ‘Sou

I read Eben Alexanders book and found it interesting to say the least. It's not the most well written book and he really struggles with descriptions but it definitely had passion behind it. The man is convinced.


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Re: Is There Life After Death? Scientist Attempts to Explain What Happens to the ‘Sou

$cilons need ponder whether there is life prior to death... then, and only then can they truly know they are out.

Dave B.

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Re: Is There Life After Death? Scientist Attempts to Explain What Happens to the ‘Sou

$cilons need ponder whether there is life prior to death... then, and only then can they truly know they are out.

True. To twist it a bit, what use is life to them if they're living as though dead?

re OP: These
scientific guys are almost as facile as the schoolmen of the 12th & 13th century in their logic choping. Although the Schoolmen are better reading IMO.


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Have you heard anything about Ian Stevenson?

Ian Stevenson
Ian Pretyman Stevenson (October 31, 1918 – February 8, 2007) was a Canadian psychiatrist. He worked for the University of Virginia School of Medicine for 50 years, as chair of the department of psychiatry from 1957 to 1967, Carlson Professor of Psychiatry from 1967 to 2001, and Research Professor of Psychiatry from 2002 until his death.

Stevenson was the founder and director of the university's Division of Perceptual Studies, which investigates the paranormal, and became known internationally for his research into reincarnation, the idea that emotions, memories, and even physical injuries in the form of birthmarks, can be transferred from one life to another. He traveled extensively over a period of 40 years investigating 3,000 cases of children claiming to remember past lives.

Author: Julio Cesar de Siqueira Barros - Biologist.
Summary: The aim of this paper is to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of one case study reported by reincarnation researcher Ian Stevenson (of the so called "Cases of the Reincarnation Type" - CORT -, sometimes also referred to as "Past Life Memory Case Studies"). The case is of the 5-year-old Lebanese-Druse boy Imad Elawar, researched by Stevenson in 1964 and included in his book Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation (1966 and 1974). This case was bitterly criticized by Leonard Angel in an article in the Skeptical Inquirer Magazine in 1994.

In a careful re-analysis of both the case and the critique of it, I conclude that both parties have made important mistakes. Further, I conclude that there seems to be good evidence for regarding the Imad Elawar case as indicative of paranormality and suggestive of "reincarnation", even though at this stage of human knowledge we have just no way of knowing how this "reincarnation" happens and moreover we have no way of knowing what "reincarnates". Imad Elawar case belongs to the strongest group of cases, that is, the cases that have written records made by the researcher of what the children reported about his/her alleged previous life before any attempts to identify the previous personality. The total number of such cases, including both Stevenson's 3000 cases and other researchers several hundreds of cases, is little more than 10 (i.e. 0.3% of the total).

A secondary aim of this paper is to give informed insights for a review of Stevenson's research on Cases of the Reincarnation Type and for a fair evaluation of it.This paper begins with a 3-page introduction, followed by an 8-page review of Leonard Angel's critique of the case, and finally with a presentation my own 8-page re-analysis of the Imad Elawar case. In the end, I include Stevenson's original tabulations of the case (19 pages), to enable the reader to perform any
methodological evaluation of this work that might be of interest.