The Free Online Dictionary defines physics as: The scientific study of matter, energy, space, and time, and of the relations between them. Quantum physics “explains the nature and behavior of matter and energy on the atomic and subatomic level.” We’ve probably all heard that energy never ceases to be – it only changes from one form into another. Proponents of life after death believe this proves that our consciousness, being made of energy, doesn’t die when the physical body dies. There are different interpretations of quantum physics, and they all compete with each other. The results of these interpretations are very interesting:
Your consciousness affects the behavior of subatomic particles
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Particles move backwards as well as forwards in time and appear in all possible places at once
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The universe is splitting, every Planck-time (10 E-43 seconds) into billions of parallel universes
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The universe is interconnected with faster-than-light transfers of information
Okay, here comes the hard part: explaining the different theories. I tried to break them down to the simplest definition. An in-depth discussion of these theories is beyond the scope of my understanding, so if any one of them really strikes your fancy, Google it.
1. Copenhagen Interpretation (CI)
- consciousness and particle physics are inter-related
- Henry Stapp at the University of California has written that the synapses in your brain are so small that quantum effects are significant. This means that there is quantum uncertainty about whether a neuron will fire or not – and this degree of freedom that nature has allows for the interaction of mind and matter.
2. Many Worlds Interpretation (MWI)
- billions of you are splitting off every fraction of a second into discrete universes and it implies that everything possible exists in one universe or another. This comes up with its own set of hard-to-digest concepts, such as the fact that a 500-year-old you exists in some universes, whereas in others you died at birth.
3. Pilot Waves, Hidden Variables and the Implicate Order
- didn’t understand any of this: you’ll have to Google it if you’re interested
4. Consistent Histories
- didn’t understand
5. Alternate Histories
- similar to the Many-Worlds Interpretation, but with the insistence that only the actual outcome is the real world and the ones we’re not in don’t actually exist.
6. Time Reversibility
- Richard Feynman (1918-1988) was a genius who developed a new approach to quantum mechanics. He formalised its crowning achievement, Quantum Electrodynamics, which is the most accurate scientific theory ever devised. He also developed the Feynman Diagram, which represents the interaction of two particles as the exchange of a third particle. This diagram has time on one axis and space on the other and the interaction (between electron and photon) can be viewed as happening both in forward and in reverse time. Many physicists have seen the power of this tool and taken the next step, arguing that reverse time travel is what actually happens in reality.
7. Transactional Interpretation
- particles perform a kind of ‘handshake’ in the course of interacting. One sends out a wave forward in time, and another sends one out backwards in time.
There you have it. Hopefully most of that made sense. I found an interesting website that discussed these topics further: http://www.cfpf.org.uk/articles/background/snyder.html. Again, I tried to understand as best I could, but I did copy and paste most of it. The synopsis of what I learned is as follows:
The term “sub-atomic” refers to the many particles that compose the atom. There are over two hundred of these so far discovered, in addition to the generally well known electrons, protons, and neutrons. An electron is part of a family known as leptons. Its companion protons and neutrons are constructed of a similar sub-atomic group known as quarks. It has been postulated by a number of physicists that another sub-atomic particle, the neutrino, may account for ninety percent of the previously “missing” matter in the universe. All of these particles possess properties and exhibit behavior which remains inexplicable in the context of conventional physics, and there are strong indications that they may furnish an explanation for the numerous phenomena which are characteristic of the so-called “etheric body.” According to the group’s premise, both the human body and its etheric personality, the essence of human consciousness that endures after the physical ceases to operate, are composed of various sub-atomic particles. When the etheric portion detaches from the physical, in the event known as “death,” it remains energized by these same particles, which, in their new state, are now able to impart to it powers and abilities unknown, and even unimaginable, in our material world. Under certain conditions, discarnate entities manifesting on the material plane can appear and disappear at will, speak, and respond. In Roll’s view, there is nothing “supernatural” or “paranormal” about these appearances, which he sees as merely proving the ongoing existence of human consciousness and personality beyond the end of physical life. He blames certain religious denominations and national political leaders, pandering to their own interests by keeping the masses in ignorance, for this information on sub-atomic phenomena as it impacts upon survival not being more widely circulated and available to the general public.
R. D. Pearson, an engineer whose specialty is thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, sees post-mortem survival of the human psyche as one of many functions of a multi-dimensional, multi-universal, sub-atomic grid matrix, on which all forms of life exist, and which sustains the etheric, as well as the physical consciousness of all living organisms. In this model, physical materializations of so-called “dead” persons, and even deceased animals, are but the temporary merging of two different frequencies, or wave-lengths, from two discrete levels of the grid, somewhat similar to when more than one radio broadcast is picked up on the same dial setting.
Pearson furnishes full mathematical proof for his postulations, which may one day be looked upon as the key that finally unlocked the door to universal awareness of the reality of discarnate existence. One of the roadblocks to scientific acceptance of this “grid theory” (which is considerably more complex than the above simplified outline) has been the existence of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, parts of which seemed to negate Pearson’s hypothesis. However, Doctor Louis Essen, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and inventor of the atomic clock, informed Pearson that he has found significant errors in Einstein’s calculations. This recent discovery by Doctor Essen is in accord with a statement made by Einstein himself on his seventieth birthday: “There is not a single concept of which I am convinced that it will stand firm, and I am not sure if I was on the right track after all.” Over the past several years, other physicists and cosmologists worldwide have also come to the general agreement that “Einstein’s laws contain some flaws.”
Professor Fred Alan Wolfe states that “as fantastic as it may sound, the ‘new physics’ called quantum mechanics posits that there exists, side by side with this world, another world, a parallel universe, a duplicate copy that is somehow slightly different and yet the same. And not just two parallel worlds, but three, four, and even more…! In each of these universes, you, I, and all the others who live, have lived, will live, and will have ever lived, are alive.”
That’s pretty amazing stuff. There are many parallel worlds where I am alive? Hopefully in those other worlds I am as charming and witty as I am in this world (and maybe at least in one of them I can understand math and science!). I hope that this post has been informative, because I do think someday mainstream science is going to really get on board with the life-after-death belief, and if quantum mechanics is any indication, they just may prove some of it.