Especially in the wake of terrible tragedies, it might be the most asked and even feared question out there… Where do we go when we die? Does our soul and being die with us – a realm of complete unknowing darkness or do we live on in some form? Ultimately, all of us will eventually discover the truth – whether we like it or not. Death is an inescapable milestone in life. This is when we shift from what is known to what we believe and have faith in… Enter religion which for many was built on the backbone of fear of the unknown.
Christof Koch, the Chief Scientific Officer of the Allen Institute of Brain Science and Lois and Victor Troendle Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Biology at California Institute of Technology, argued that the soul dies and everything is lost when human beings lose consciousness. “You lose everything. The world does not exist anymore for you. Your friends don’t exist anymore. You don’t exist. Everything is lost,” he said.
Bruce Greyson, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, challenged Koch’s view of consciousness. He said that, “if you take these near death experiences at face value, then they suggest that the mind or the consciousness seems to function without the physical body.”
Stuart Hameroff, who proposed the highly controversial Orch-OR (orchestrated objective reduction) theory of consciousness in 1996 along with Roger Penrose, told the Science channel, “I think the quantum approach to consciousness can, in principle, explain why we’re here and what our purpose is, and also the possibility of life after death, reincarnation and persistence of consciousness after our bodies give up.”
Now, these are all scientific views based on research and theory. For this blog, let’s forget about all the religious and dogmatic perspectives that can seem warm and fuzzy but are built completely on blind faith. So, here is the question; do we have any tangible evidence that there is life after death?
I researched this concept for the Responsive Universe. The key phrase mentioned by Stuart Hameroff was a “Quatntum” approach to consciousness. When we focus on the “quantum” state of the brain we realize all possibilities exist within a quantum world. Within this grand Universe, all possibilities exist based on the sheer vastness of space and time. Physicists’ have already documented a sub atomic world where energy changes form but cannot be destroyed. This is a sublime world where the act of observing energy in its smallest conceivable form changes the outcome due to the physical act of observation. Science has already proven that human consciousness is connected to the Universe. Once a connection is made, in theory it is infinite and unending. In one of my most popular blogs, “Can Astrophysics Prove and Afterlife Exists”, I centered on several scientific theories that point to existence in some form or facet after mortal death. From String Theory to Black Holes; from Near Death Experiences to Quantum Physics there is undeniable evidence that our energy and even consciousness lives on in some form.
The wisdom to be absorbed from this blog post is not to fear death but revel in the love, wisdom and energy that surrounds you now. Find compassion and create positive energy and karma because no one or nothing can take this away from you; even after mortal death. The late Steve Jobs once said, “death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life.”
If we can find beauty and love in life, why would it be any different in an afterlife?
John C. Bader