Religion has often acted under the premise of a trinity of existence: Body, Mind, and Soul. Science usually sticks to just body and mind. However, a new theory proposed from quantum physicists pushes science into the realm of religion by claiming that quantum processes attributed to the human soul work in partnership with the observable neurological processes to produce the experience of human consciousness. In an even more profound statement, these scientists claim that one is not dependent on the other to operate. This means that the soul uses the brain to operate the body, but the soul does not need a body to operate. Thus, the soul is immortal. “The connection to space–time geometry also raises the intriguing possibility that Orch OR (Orchestrated Objective Reduction) allows consciousness apart from the brain and body, distributed and entangled in space–time geometry,” Hameroff says according to Popular Mechanics. When he spoke to the Huffington Post he also claimed, “It’s possible that the quantum information can exist outside the body, perhaps indefinitely, as a soul.”
The implications of this are truly astounding. Theoretically, this means that consciousness, or the soul, is like a TV signal and the body is like a television set. If you unhook the cable from the TV, the signal still exists. It is just no longer on that TV.
Orch OR is not a new theory, having first been explained in 1998. However, it was unproven, and many people at the time where very critical of the theory. One of the main criticisms of the theory was the thought that the brain was to warm to accommodate quantum computing as any such attempts to do anything similar in a lab has only been accomplished in very cold conditions. However, the recent detection of warm-temperature quantum vibrations in microtubules inside brain neurons by the research group led by Anirban Bandyopadhyay, PhD, at the National Institute of Material Sciences in Tsukuba, Japan (and now at MIT), supports the theory and also advocates that EEG rhythms also originate from deeper level microtubule vibrations.
Despite a century of clinical use, the fundamental origins of EEG rhythms have remained a mystery. Clinical trials of brief brain stimulation — aimed at microtubule resonances with megahertz mechanical vibrations using transcranial ultrasound — have shown reported improvements in mood.
Stuart Hameroff has stated, “Orch OR is the most rigorous, comprehensive and successfully-tested theory of consciousness ever put forth.
It truly amazes me that this is yet another example of how quantum science explains the underlying principles that religion has taught us for centuries.
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