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Quantum physics and the soul.

November 07th, 2012 by Bookslinger

An anesthesiologist and a physicist speculate on the quantum nature of the soul, and that it resides in the brain, here.

Related article, about a neurosurgeon’s near-death-experience, here.

Comments (5)
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November 07th, 2012 19:45:56

Adam G.
November 8, 2012

I don’t dismiss these guys out of hand, but at least as presented by the Mail, their theory sounds like mumbo-jumbo.

November 8, 2012

It is a very dodgy thing, to try and physically describe a spirit, when we have only the faintest idea what a spirit is like, or what it is. Entanglement is one of those spooky things in quantum mechanics that we don’t quite understand as well as we wish.

If I had to make an educated guess, I would have had said that spirits are information, or perhaps knowledge. But whatever they are, it is not simply going to be the same as now, but more transparent.

November 8, 2012

Adam, yes, but anything filtered through a reporter who works for a tabloid comes out a bit jumbled.

Zen, I neglected to make my point explicit. It’s that supposedly serious experts are trying to make real connections from the limits of our understanding of the nature of matter, to the spiritual/religious realm.

This is of special note because of our LDS belief that “spirit”, whatever else it is, is some form of material “matter”.

Quantum physics has not only extended the depth of our understaning of matter, but perhaps opens a door that will connect our understaning from “here” to some sort of spiritual “there”, whatever that “there” may be.

The supposedly serious exploration of the subject also, it seems to me, may help erase some of the atheistic excuse that “science” disallows a spiritual realm.

So, my point is not that their speculations might be in any way accurate, but that the avenue is even being explored at all.

Michael Towns
November 10, 2012

I agree with Bookslinger: the fact that this is even being seriously looked at is extraordinary. It just illustrates how plumbing the depths of quantum physics has bridged the gap between mysticism and hard science.

November 11, 2012

Quantum physics is notoriously hard to grok. It has had mystical elements from its very beginnings; yet it also makes hard statistical predictions of stunning accuracy about the behavior of the universe.

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