Scientists May Have Just Found Evidence That Humans Have Immortal Souls

Several highly reputable scientists have come together to offer a scientific explanation of the soul, or the aspect of the human consciousness that persists after death. Although discussion of the spiritual has largely been relegated to the realm of the church, these researchers believe that they have discovered evidence that the “soul” exists on the virtually incomprehensible quantum level of the universe.

The findings stem from the work of two well-known scientific figures: Stuart Hameroff, an anesthesiologist and director for the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, and Sir Roger Penrose, a British mathematical physicist at the University of Oxford and Wadham College who is considered a leader in the field.

In a recent appearance on PBS’ “Closer to Truth,” Penrose elaborated his belief that the information that comprises the soul can be found on the quantum level, which is the smallest possible level of existence.

Whereas the world that we can perceive is governed by the principles of classical mechanics – as laid out by Newton’s laws, for instance – the subatomic world is subject to the arcane rules of quantum mechanics.

According to Penrose, there is an undiscovered realm of physics that cannot be described by either classical mechanics or quantum mechanics, and that is where the soul lies.

“My argument would be that the physics that is missing about how the quantum world becomes the classical world is something which, I think, is the only place where you would have non-confrontational activity,” Penrose said.

Penrose and Hameroff claim that the microtubules within the neurons in our brains are the source of human consciousness and the vessel by which classical and quantum mechanics intersect. Quantum vibrations of these microtubules allegedly create what we know as the “soul,” and these vibrations can potentially outlive the brain that produces them.

"If the patient dies, it's possible that this quantum information can exist outside the body, perhaps indefinitely, as a soul,” Penrose said.

In their study, Penrose and Hameroff account for the spiritual implications of their findings. “The origin of consciousness reflects our place in the universe, the nature of our existence. Did consciousness evolve from complex computations among brain neurons, as most scientists assert? Or has consciousness, in some sense, been here all along, as spiritual approaches maintain?” they ask.

“This opens a potential Pandora’s Box, but our theory accommodates both these views, suggesting consciousness derives from quantum vibrations in microtubules, protein polymers inside brain neurons, which both govern neuronal and synaptic function, and connect brain processes to self-organizing processes in the fine scale, ‘proto-conscious’ quantum structure of reality,” their review concludes.

Essentially, their findings amount to evidence of a human soul that can transcend the finite nature of our brain’s inner workings to exist on an entirely different plane. Penrose and Hameroff believe that this understanding of the brain could suitably explain near-death experiences and out-of-body experiences, and could even lay the foundation for a scientific explanation of the afterlife.

Popular accounts of near-death experiences seem to corroborate the idea that we retain some measure of consciousness even after death.

In October, a man nicknamed “Miracle Mike” Gibbons suffered cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead for eight minutes. He describes seeing a “bright light” that suddenly went dim during the time that he was clinically dead and was being revived by paramedics.

According to Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin, assistant professor of philosophy at Sam Houston State University, such an experience is not unusual among cardiac arrest patients.

“A small percentage of people who go into cardiac arrest undergo some especially vivid experiences with certain characteristics, such as seeing a tunnel and light, watching their bodies receive CPR from above, visiting with deceased relatives in a place they describe as heaven, or a life review, which is like watching your life flash before your eyes,” said Mitchell-Yellin. “These are all typical characteristics of near-death experiences.”

In addition to explaining such accounts, the Penrose-Hameroff understanding of microtubules could also lead to several medical applications. They found that many psychoactive drugs directly engage microtubules to produce their effects, which could lead to more effective treatment of conditions like depression. They also noted that microtubule-protecting drugs could help stave off Alzheimer’s disease.

While Penrose and Hameroff’s findings have been met with a fair share of skepticism, they have also enjoyed support from a number of high-profile scientists. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr, who served as the longtime executive director of Munich’s Max Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics, was another researcher who believed that the human consciousness could be stored on the quantum level.

Dürr believed that all matter, living and dead, is imprinted with a quantum code that documents and contains the “infinite reality” of the universe.

“What we consider the here and now, this world, it is actually just the material level that is comprehensible. The beyond is an infinite reality that is much bigger. Which this world is rooted in. In this way, our lives in this plane of existence are encompassed, surrounded, by the afterworld already,” Dürr said in an interview.

“When planning, I imagine that I have written my existence in this world on a sort of hard drive on the tangible (the brain), that I have also transferred this data onto the spiritual quantum field, then I could say that when I die, I do not lose this information, this consciousness.”

“The body dies but the spiritual quantum field continues. In this way, I am immortal,” he concluded.