Quantum Theory is still in its relative infancy within the entire discipline of science, although it finds its roots as far back as Plato and Descartes. But if some of the notions being pursued by contemporary scientists prove true, it may result in a convergence of science, art, philosophy and even religion that the world never imagined possible.
I’ll admit from the start that investigating the literature for this particular article literally made my head hurt. To full conceive of all that is discussed and examined in Quantum Theory takes a scientific sophistication that I lack. But fortunately there are some out there who are trying to make these complex ideas more digestible, without a string of letters after our names.
One such scientist is Stuart Hameroff, Professor Emeritus at the Department of Anesthesiology and Psychology and the Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona. To distill a very complex idea down into a few words, the general consensus in science is that consciousness can be attributed to computations conducted within the neurological networks in the brain. Basically, all consciousness can be explained by algorithms, which makes our brains essentially like big, highly sophisticated computers. There are some limitations thus far to this perspective, such as how such algorithms account for things like aesthetic experience, love, and even our sense of smell. Researchers in the area of Artificial Intelligence believe that discovering the algorithmic bases for such phenomena can lead to the construction (given the necessary technology) of an artificial human brain.
However, there are those, like Hameroff, who believe there is more going on than algorithmic computation in the brain. Enter Quantum Theory, which basically looks at the probability of a particle being in a particular point in space-time. Though the particular particle cannot be observed without disrupting the quantum process, the entire process of quantum mechanics actually behaves more like a wave, and is not bound by the traditional laws of physics...
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Again, a very interesting article - this time about the soul, and a possible scientific explanation of what it is, as well as a very entertaining 2 minute video on the subject. In addition, there's a first-hand account of a near-death experience from a neurosurgeon, and his take on it...
Of course, in The Urantia Book, we read the real origin of the soul and its real purpose for eternal life...but it's interesting that science is even trying to get a handle of this most important aspect of human spirituality.
For even more enjoyment, please see our short flash movie called "After You Die."
Another topic in the interesting article is that of "consciousness." If you search for this word in The Urantia Book, you'll find a lot to think about.