Scientists to have found the location of the soul.
Dr. Stuart Hameroff, Professor Emeritus at the Departments of Anaesthesiology and Psychology and the Director of the Centre of Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, and British physicist Sir Roger Penrose developed a quasi-religious theory that says the essence of our soul is contained inside structures called microtubules within brain cells.
It appears that our experience of consciousness is the result of quantum gravity effects in these microtubules, a theory which they dubbed orchestrated objective reduction (Orch-OR), which has been heavily criticised and remains controversial among other scientists.
According to the new insights, 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.
In a near death experience the microtubules lose their quantum state and leave the nervous system; yet the information contained within is not destroyed. Instead it merely leaves the body and returns to the cosmos.
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.
Dr. Hameroff explained, “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.’
“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.”
Hundreds of experiments have been done around the world by the scientists. In one experiment in Germany, they put a man who was just on the verge of death in a box made of absolutely transparent glass, so they could watch him while he was alive, from the outside.
The box was completely sealed. They wanted to know that, if the soul leaves the body, how can it leave the box? “We will catch hold of the soul.” And if the soul leaves the body, the body must lose some weight, so they weighed the body as accurately as possible. But the man died, and nothing left the glass box, because for the soul, matter is not a hindrance.
You know that X-rays can enter your body and the body cannot prevent them; you don’t feel even that the X-rays are entering in your body when an X-ray is taken. The soul is a far more refined, ultimate light, so when it leaves the body you cannot see it. If you have not seen it already within yourself, you will never be able to see anybody’s soul leaving him.
Then they opened the case, and they could not find it. So they weighed the dead man again: he had the same weight. For the materialist it is enough proof that there is no soul, because nothing has left the box and the man’s dead body weighs the same as when he was living. For the materialist scientists it was enough to prove that there is no soul.
It is not enough for me.
The soul does not have weight.
Do you think light has weight? Try… put one candle on your weighing machine, unlit. Weigh it, then give light to the candle and see whether it weighs more. There is no need to go to such lengths as finding a dying man; you can just try to weigh the light. It has no weight, but it does not prove that there is no light. It simply proves that light belongs to a different category. It is not a thing, hence it has no weight.
When you blow out a candle, do you see where the flame is going, finding the door outside into the street? You don’t see anything. The flame simply disappears into the universe, leaving no trace behind.
The same is true about the soul.
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