Near-death experiences occur when the soul leaves the nervous system and  enters the universe, claim two quantum physics experts

  • Ground-breaking theory holds that quantum substances  form the soul
  • They are  part of the fundamental structure of the universe

  By Damien Gayle


Life after death: Dr Stuart Hameroff, Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona, advanced the theory on a television documentary

Life after death: Dr Stuart Hameroff, Professor Emeritus  at the University of Arizona, advanced the theory on a television  documentary

A near-death experience happens when quantum  substances which form the soul leave the nervous system and enter the universe  at large, according to a remarkable theory proposed by two eminent scientists.

According to this idea, 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.

Dr Stuart Hameroff, Professor Emeritus at the  Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychology and the Director of the Centre of  Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, has advanced the  quasi-religious theory.

It is based on a quantum theory of consciousness he and British physicist Sir Roger Penrose have developed which holds that the essence of our soul is contained inside structures called microtubules within brain cells.

They have argued 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).

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.

The concept is similar to the Buddhist and  Hindu belief that consciousness is an integral part of the universe - and indeed  that it is really all there may be, a position similar to Western philosophical  idealism.

With these beliefs, Dr Hameroff holds that in  a near-death experience the microtubules lose their quantum state, but the  information within them is not destroyed. Instead it merely leaves the body and  returns to the cosmos.

Shocked back to life: The theory holds that when patients have a near death experience their quantum soul is released from the body and re-enters the cosmos, before returning when they are revived

Shocked back to life: The theory holds that when  patients have a near death experience their quantum soul is released from the  body and re-enters the cosmos, before returning when they are revived

Dr Hameroff told the Science Channel's  Through the Wormhole documentary: '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".'

He adds: '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.'

Evidence: Dr Hameroff believes new findings about the role quantum physics plays in biological processes, such as the navigation of birds, will one day prove his theory

Evidence: Dr Hameroff believes new findings about the  role quantum physics plays in biological processes, such as the navigation of  birds, will one day prove his theory

The Orch-OR theory has come in for heavy  criticism by more empirically minded thinkers and remains controversial among  the scientific community.

MIT physicist Max Tegmark is just one of the  many scientists to have challenged it, in a 2000 paper that is widely cited by  opponents, the Huffington Post reports.

Nevertheless, Dr Hameroff believes that  research in to quantum physics is beginning to validate Orch-Or, with quantum  effects recently being shown to support many important biological processes,  such as smell, bird navigation and photosynthesis.


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Back in the '90's I read and reread a fascinating account of the lost years of Rabbi Jesus/Yehoshua.  He was said to have travelled to Tibet and interestingly enough....he did not teach while in Lassa???!!!

The though has often crossed my mind that perhaps Rabbi Jesus was a firm believer in the saying...."If it ain't broke....don't fix it!"

And Meng-ste opened wide the temple doors, and all the priests and masters gave a welcome to the Hebrew sage. 8 And Jesus had access to all the sacred manuscripts, and, with the help of Meng- ste, read them all. 9 And Meng-ste often talked with Jesus of the coming age, and of the sacred service best adapted to the people of the age. 10 In Lassa Jesus did not teach. When he finished all his studies in the temple schools he journeyed toward the West. (Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ, by Levi Dowling, chapter 36).

Wow! Thank you Trevor for this posting.

I am sure our NDE 'heroes' Dennis and Chris, will have something illuminating to say on this. Me ~ well, I'm just trying to get my head around it! That said, the word (meaning) Quantum is very spiritual. I have had proof of this.

Thank you for a great share to our NDE group.


Wow, Pauline, you have certainly got my attention!

 "I have had proof of this." (Pauline Battell)



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It is highly intriguing that more than one near death experiencer reports exactly what Paul Steinhardt and Neil Turok are asserting actually occurred in infinite time in the past!

Mellen Benedict quite clearly describes being shown the Cyclic Model of the Universe after his NDE.

Here is the full active link back into the original article:

Allen L. Roland does an amazing job of explaining how theoretical physics may be linked to psychic phenomena:

To further test this unusual finding, Einstein used his mathematical formulations to predict the behavior of large groups atoms full of excess energy and with the potential to emit a photon. Lo and behold, he found that a stray photon not only stimulated the atoms to release their photons earlier than expected, but that the emitted photons then went in the same direction and at exactly the same frequency as the original stray photon!

Spooky, right! All it took for someone to later invent the laser was to find a means to help the emissions along. My point here is that Einstein and Bose actually discovered evidence of the of Unified Field love, with its innate urge to unite operating at the subatomic level ~ but it did not fit their prior assumptions or their level of consciousness.

Now, from the standpoint of a Unified Field of love, the propensity of the photons to unite is direct evidence of the universal force of love operating at the deepest micro level of the physical realm ~ and that light itself, the one constant of the universe, is indeed subject to another force of nature.

By the same token, psi experiences, near-death and after-death experiences, synchronicity and other phenomena that transcend time/space limitations, are in their own way evidence of the Unified Field operating at the psychic level. (Allen L. Roland)
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