science, religion, quantum physics, immortalityWill science ever prove the existence of life after death? Yes, and it can be done using the principles of quantum physics, says research scientist and medical doctor Robert Lanza of Wake Forest University School of Medicine in the U.S. state of North Carolina. For Lanza, quantum physics can prove that death is an illusion, and that life creates the universe, and not the other way around. This provocative new theory, he claims, can be supported using existing, widely-accepted research.

Consciousness as "Cosmic Matrix"

Lanza calls his theory of the universe "biocentrism". The basic premise is that the universe arises from conscious observation, rather than consciousness arising from the universe. "What you see could not be present without your consciousness", he explains, and "[o]ur consciousness makes sense of the world". Although biocentrism is not yet a mainstream theory accepted by most scientists, it is gaining traction and already overlaps with the ideas of many acclaimed scientists and philosophers. Philosopher David Chalmers, an atheist, has proposed a similar idea called panprotopsychism.

The Double-Slit Experiment

One of the experiments Lanza cites to support biocentrism is the double-slit experiment. In this experiment, a beam of light is shone on a plate with two slits. When the beam of light is being observed, it behaves as a particle and passes through either one slit or the other. However, when the beam of light is notbeing observed, it behaves as a wave and passes through both slits simultaneously. The fact that physical processes depend on human perception, Lanza argues, suggests that consciousness is the fundamental state of the universe.

The Illusion of Space and Time

Consciousness, as the fundamental state of the universe, is eternal if we accept the theory that space and time are illusory, which does have currency in mainstream science. If our consciousness precedes, creates, and determines the universe and all that happens in it, space and time are "tools of our mind", as Lanza states, since space-time is a characteristic of the universe. Once we accept that space-time is illusory, we realize that death cannot exist "in any real sense" either, but we are always alive at some time in some state.

Lanza's theory will seem outlandish not only to some scientists, but also to some people of faith. As a Universal Life Church minister, do you lend any credence to his ideas?

Source:

The Daily Mail

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  1. Shiva Atma Singh's Avatar Shiva Atma Singh

    As we "attempt" to ascend ourselves within our faith I believe there is a lot of truth to it. The more you are able to connect with the Mother and all her glorious energies and wisdoms left upon this great planet the more this holds ground for me. Think of it in the terms of say, the book: The Secret; of manifestation through visualization. All sort of a cosmic energy contorting these blessings of a "universe" we were placed from the Divine Mother purely through conscious thought. Personally it does not take away nor decrease faith in The Divine; what energy my conscious is placed is not something worried by me in particular. I feel that if we do what we need to for what we were purposed in the end it doesn't matter; and She will place me where I deserve.

  1. Rev. Jesse Vance's Avatar Rev. Jesse Vance

    If you believe the laws of thermodynamics, energy can be neither created or destroyed, only converted to a different state. If the spirit has any energy at all, in any state, it would seem to follow that it is not 'destroyed' at death. Perhaps this body I, the real me, inhabit is only a vehicle that allows my spirit self to interact with things on this plane of existence. When it wears out and 'dies', that which is the real 'me' will get out of it in the same manner as getting out of a car after an interesting drive. I can see, if this is true, (and it is to me), this 'existence' might be the environment I created for this body to explore. In any case, the next transition will be a long awaited, much anticipated event. Jesse.

  1. the's Avatar the

    Hey jesse nice hypothesis...u can strt proving it right after u demonstrate the existence of soul.till den keep talkin to urself.

  1. socratus's Avatar socratus

    God and Soul in Quantum Theory. / Socratus / =. Can the conception of God and Soul have Physical Background? My answer is: "Yes, God and Soul have physical background and can be explained by physical formulas, equations and laws." I will try to prove my position. =. Question: what is God? The Religious answer: God is something Absolute, Infinite, Eternal, Spiritual, the Highest form of Consciousness, Who created everything in the Universe.
    The Physical answer ( in my opinion) is more concrete: There is an Absolute, Infinite, Eternal Reference Frame and IT is Vacuum in the condition of Absolute Zero: T=0K, that take the functions of God and create everything in the Universe. Zero Vacuum T=0K is a "solo fabric" of creation everything in the Universe. Zero Vacuum T=0K is a Metaphysical / Spirit World. How can I prove my opinion? 1. God does not create this Material World directly Himself. 2. To create Material World and everything in It, God uses Spiritual Particles. 3. The modern name of these Spiritual Particles is Quantum of Light. Quantum of Light is most phenomenal particle in the World. Quantum of Light is the structural essence of the Material World. The essence of all material objects is Quantum of Light. Through the behavior of Quantum of Light we can understand what an Absolute God has the Highest form of Consciousness. ==========.. a) In the Vacuum Quantum of Light has maximal speed : c=1 (from our earthly- gravity point of view). No material particles can ever attain this velocity. It means that this constant characteristic brings quantum of light to the world which is different from Material World and this is Vacuum World of Spirits. b) Many kinds of so-called different particles (waves) are only different manifestation / modifications of Quantum of Light. How can I prove this opinion? It seems that different particles create different waves: EM-waves, Gamma-Radiation waves, Röntgen-Radiation waves, Light-Waves, Ultraviolet -waves, Super/Ultra-High-TV-waves, Short/Mid/Long wave- length Radio Emission waves . . . but . . . . . but the energy of each of them is written by formula: E=hf. It means that the difference between all these particles / radiations depends only on frequencies and the background of these modifications is one and the same particle: Quantum of Light in different frequencies. c) Question: Why the simple quantum particle electron has six ( 6 ) formulas: +E=Mc^2 and -E=Mc^2 , E=hf and e^2=ahc, E=-me^4/2h^2= -13,6eV and E= ∞ ? My answer: Because an electron and quantum of light / photon and antielectron are one and the same particle in different actions and conditions and " The Law of conservation and transformation of energy/ mass " unites them together. d) The Quantum of Light is not static / firm particle. Quantum of Light is an elastic particle and can change its geometrical form. e) Through so-called "vacuum fluctuation / transformation" Quantum of Light can materialize or dematerialize its body ( virtual particle can become real and vice verse) using its own inner impulse h or h=h/2pi. (Newtonian physics explains movement as a result of outside influence, Quantum physics explains movement as a result of own inner power / impulse of particle and therefore Quantum physics is only a modern Aristotle's metaphysics) f) 1. The potential state of Quantum of Light in the Zero Vacuum is: E=Mc^2. 2. In the straight constant movement its speed is c=1 and its energy is: E=hc Quantum of Light behaves like a "particle". 3. In the rotation around its axis Quantum of Light behaves like "wave" with energy: E=hf.
    In the Zero Vacuum nobody has influence on behavior of Quantum of Light. Quantum of Light by himself decided in which state He wants to be, it means that Quantum of Light has some kind of consciousness. The consciousness of Quantum of Light can evolve. Quantum of Light takes part in creation atom, cell, flower, . . . etc . . . and in creation every living being. And Its evolution of consciousness is going step by step (from atom, cell, flower . . . to a living being ) according to ancient Vedas conception: ‘ from vague wish up to a clear thought ’ g) Now . . . . . if . . . . If Quantum of Light have some kind of consciousness which can evolve and the Absolute Zero T=0K gave the birth to this conscious Spiritual Particles . . . . then . . . . then it means that the T=0K by Itself has an Absolute the Highest form of Consciousness. =====================… P.S. The tendency to understand "God" by physical laws, formulas, equations using the Quantum Theory never will be ended. a) Does Quantum Physics Make it Easier to Believe in God? https://www.bigquestionsonline.com/content/does-quantum-physics-make-it-easier-believe-god b) Does Quantum Physics Prove God's Existence?http://physics.about.com/od/physicsmyths/f/QuantumGod.htm c) Does quantum theory prove God exists? http://www.asktheatheists.com/questions/1339-does-quantum-theory-prove-god-exists/ # In 1954 Einstein wrote: " All these fifty years of conscious brooding have brought me no nearer to the answer to the question, 'What are light quanta?' Nowadays every Tom, Dick and Harry thinks he knows it, but he is mistaken.'‘ # In 1987 Feynman wrote: ‘ It is important to realize that in physics today, we have no knowledge of what energy is. We do not have a picture that energy comes in little blobs of a definite amount. ‘ ================ . . . My concussions: We don't accepted Absolute Reference Frame T=0K and therefore we don't know what Quantum of Light and Electron are and therefore every speculation is possible. I say: 1) God is simple: T=0K 2) Soul is simple: Quantum of Light ( c/d=pi, R/N=k, E/M=c^2, h=0, c=0, i^2=-1, h=E/t, h=kb, h=1, c=1. h=h/2pi, c>1, E=hf , e^2=ach* , e^i(pi)= -1) 3) Everything else (material) is complex. ========================…. # " If we were looking for something that we could conceive of as God within the universe of the new physics, this ground state, coherent quantum vacuum might be a good place to start." / Book ‘The quantum self ’ page 208, by Danah Zohar. / =============== . . . Best wishes. Israel Sadovnik Socratus. ===…

    1. socratus's Avatar socratus

      The Universe (as a material reality) was emerged from one common source. The ancient Vedic teachers called it – Brahman, Lao-Tzu called it – Tao, The prophets of the Book called it – Yahweh or Allah. Today the scientific officially community called this "common source"– Big Bang. Of course, there is also a scientific possibility that the "common source for the material reality " can be . . . 11- dimensions or M- dimensions, . . . But tomorrow . . . . When the next revolution rocks physics, chances are it will be about nothing - — the vacuum, that endless infinite void. http://discovermagazine.com/2008/aug/18-nothingness-of-space-theory-of-everything ===… # " The problem of the exact description of vacuum, in my opinion,
      is the basic problem now before physics. Really, if you can’t correctly describe the vacuum, how it is possible to expect a correct description of something more complex? " / Paul Dirac ./ # The most fundamental question facing 21st century physics will be: What is the vacuum? As quantum mechanics teaches us, with its zero point energy this vacuum is not empty and the word vacuum is a gross misnomer! / Prof. Friedwardt Winterberg / # Wikipedia : “ Unfortunately neither the concept of space nor of time is well defined, resulting in a dilemma. If we don't know the character of time nor of space, how can we characterize either? “ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spacetime

      "Now we know that the vacuum can have all sorts of wonderful effects over an enormous range of scales, from the microscopic to the cosmic," said Peter Milonni from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. # Although we are used to thinking of empty space as containing nothing at all, and therefore having zero energy, the quantum rules say that there is some uncertainty about this. Perhaps each tiny bit of the vacuum actually contains rather a lot of energy. If the vacuum contained enough energy, it could convert this into particles, in line with E-Mc^2. / Book: Stephen Hawking. Pages 147-148. By Michael White and John Gribbin. / # Somehow, the energy is extracted from the vacuum and turned into particles...Don't try it in your basement, but you can do it. / University of Chicago cosmologist Rocky Kolb./ # Vacuum -- the very name suggests emptiness and nothingness – is actually a realm rife with potentiality, courtesy of the laws of quantum electrodynamics (QED). According to QED, additional, albeit virtual, particles can be created in the vacuum, allowing light-light interactions. http://www.aip.org/pnu/2006/768.html . . . . . . =============================…

    2. CR Seaton's Avatar CR Seaton

      Do you consider yourself a Christian? Just wondering...

  1. Rex's Avatar Rex

    Thanks boy's ............I particularly like, "Keep talking to yourselves". You might try doing some art, create something, That's a real eye opener. Very respectfully, Rex

  1. Valerie's Avatar Valerie

    Is art a form of talking to ourselves?

  1. Dr.Mukesh's Avatar Dr.Mukesh

    There is a soul world or world of consciousness where all the souls reside and then descend on to material plane or earth and hence the transfer of conscious energy. God also lives in soul world and is not omnipresent. There is a relationship of the soul energy or consciousness, time and matter that include 5 elements (earth,space, water, fire, air). Time is cyclic and is divided into 4 ages viz, golden age, silver age, copper and iron age. In golden age, consciousness drives matter. Since entropy of this soul energy or consciousness is highest in the golden age and the freq is lowest or the wavelength is highest in this state and age of time, there is no body consciousness. One can see the events in near future, there is no anti-matter and everything is perfect. With our consciousness we can control flying vehicles or matter. Then as time passes by and energy reduces, the quality of this energy is down and freq increases. As a result of fragmentation in collective universal consciousness, Land or matter starts disintegrating and nature is no longer servant to the consciousness. It reaches to the point where is there is body consciousness and the existence of the soul is questioned. God then has to restore the energy balance and then the time cycle repeats itself exactly the same way it did every 5000 years ago. The north and south poles flip, nuclear wars and natural calamities occurs and the energy balance is restored to lead into the golden age again. This cycle has continued from infinity and will continue till infinity.

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