Among the most puzzling age-old questions that have occupied humanity are: is there life after death? and what is the human soul? Now, scientists developed a hypothesis that claims that every human has a soul, and it stays alive even after the heart stops.

Dr. Hameroff’s hypothesis of the human soul

One of the authors of the study, anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff, disclosed details of the hypothesis in a TV show on one of the science channels. According to the report, the human soul is something more fundamental than just neurons.

I think that consciousness has always existed in the universe, perhaps, from the time of the Big Bang“, said the professor.

According to him, when the heart stops, the information stored in the brain cells does not die but continues to “linger in the universe”. This explains the fact that people who have experienced clinical death often speak of “white light” or “tunnel”, which they claim to have seen. These effects have been called near-death experiences.

When the heart stops beating and the blood stops flowing through the vessels, microtubules lose their quantum state. However, the quantum information they bring is not destroyed. It cannot be destroyed, so it spreads and scatters through the universe.

If a patient survives, then they reveal that they saw some kind of “white light” and even themselves “leaving” their body. If they die, the quantum information can exist out of the body for an undefined time. This is what we call the human soul,” explained Dr. Hameroff.

Earlier, his colleague, neurosurgeon Eben Alexander, who has been working at Harvard University for 15 years, described his journey to the afterlife. In his book titled “Proof of Heaven”, he revealed that when he went into a coma due to bacterial meningitis, he had visions of heaven and saw himself floating in the clouds, surrounded by butterflies and “angel-like” beings.

Sir Roger Penrose’s quantum theory of consciousness

Hameroff and Alexander are not the only scientists who come up with these kinds of claims. There are some researchers who attempt to use quantum physics to prove the existence of the human soul. As such, British physicist Sir Roger Penrose developed a quantum theory of consciousness claiming that human souls could ‘live’ in the structures called microtubules that are found inside the brain cells.

The physicist came up with an incredible hypothesis that states that near-death experiences happen when quantum substances that constitute the soul leave the nervous system and are introduced into the universe.

This concept is based on the perception of the brain as a biological computer with 100 billion neurons and synaptic connections, which act as information networks and can remain in the universe even after death, the fact that can explain the perceptions of those who almost experienced death.

According to Dr. Penrose,  during a near-death experience, microtubules lose their quantum state, but the information they keep is not destroyed. In other words, after death, the soul does not disappear but ‘returns’ to the universe instead. Therefore, the human soul is more than just an interaction of neurons in the brain, claims Dr. Penrose. Instead, it is created by the very structure of the universe and thus, it may be as old as the beginning of time.

In the case of death, the quantum information can exist outside a person’s body for an indefinite period of time, according to Dr. Penrose.

So what do you think? Is the human soul real?

All these ideas are very interesting to consider, even though to the present moment, they remain purely theoretical. Restless human minds have always been curious about the essence of their existence. Are we humans who have a soul or are we souls living in a human body? Right now, science has no answer to this question.

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  1. Danny Best...nom de plume, Sandman the Dreamer

    Who We Are

    no matter where we travel
    no matter how far
    there should never be any question
    regarding who we are

    as we have known countless
    other home planets
    supported and nurtured by just as many
    an accommodating…host star

    so are we ever…inherently inspired
    by spirit
    to always and forever…remember
    just who we really are

    (eternal as we are)

    Danny Best…Sandman the Dreamer

  2. Leesa Johnson

    Might be this is proved by the theoratically now. But every human is know that why is heart beating. How they breathing all is due to the soul of a living body. But that will be interesting to know about if the quantum physics will be able in finding the physical properties of the soul.

  3. unkabob

    There can not be a physical element to the soul no matter how minute so to discover it one must use another process.. What that would be only the physicist will be able to discover because that’s the only way they will be able to actually prove their assumption..

  4. David Ford

    Very interesting. After years of study, I too have come to the same conclusion…the more we learn about quantum theory, the more it exposes the fundamental connect-ness of the universe

  5. Upon the Truth

    This sentence caught my attention because it ties in with the Islamic teachings of the soul’s existence.

    ‘In fact, it is created by the very structure of the universe and thus it may be as old as the beginning of time.’

    Prophet (pbuh) said “Allah extracted from Adam (the first man) all of his descendants who would be born, till the end of the world generation after generation and spread them out in front of Him in order to take a covenant from them He spoke to them face to face and said to them “Am I not your lord?” they all replied “we testify to it.” (Graded Sahih in Silsilah alhadeeth assahiyyah)

    Allah the Almighty speaks of this in the Quran also:
    And (remember) when your Lord brought forth from the Children of Adam, from their loins, their seed (or from Adam’s loin his offspring) and made them testify as to themselves (saying): “Am I not your Lord?” They said: “Yes! We testify,” lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection: “Verily, we have been unaware of this.” (172) or lest you should say: “It was only our fathers afortime who took others as partners in worship along with Allah, and we were (merely their) descendants after them; will You then destroy us because of the deeds of men who practised Al-Bâtil (i.e. polytheism and committing crimes and sins, invoking and worshipping others besides Allah)?” (Surah Al a’raaf 7:172-173)

  6. Bari

    Yes. I believe in this theory. After the death of my daughter I looked at things differently. Maybe her soul is on its next journey…

    The birth of a new star awaits to be built within our image of the universe, as our souls are renewed, forming into another cosmic dust of life. With my new lease on the vision-of-life, I see our universe in a completely different perspective. Our physical bodies may be tied to the gravity of time and space, but our souls are free to go explore the cosmos.

  7. Christine Lorman

    In reference to the 2 questions at the end, all I know is that the aura is the soul that extends from the body. That might help

    I remember when we had analogue TV’s, whenever there was a bad reception it always helped when someone stood close to it. That proves we have an energy field around us refered to as the aura

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