New Science, Spiritual Perspectives / Sunday, December 21st, 2014


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Henry P. Stapp is a theoretical physicist at the University of California–Berkeley who worked with some of the founding fathers of quantum mechanics. Stapp is a humble man, and while he’s not going around trying to push the soul onto anyone and make you believe it – He simply expresses that the existence of the soul does in fact fit within the laws of physics.

Belief in the soul is scientific, according to Stapp. Here the word “soul” is used to describe a consciousness or personality which is independent of the brain or the rest of the human body. This consciousness transcends the physical body and does indeed survive death. In his paper, “Compatibility of Contemporary Physical Theory With Personality Survival,” he wrote: “Strong doubts about personality survival based solely on the belief that postmortem survival is incompatible with the laws of physics are unfounded.”

Stapp noted of his own concepts: “There has been no hint in my previous descriptions (or conception) of this orthodox quantum mechanics of any notion of personality survival.”

Why Quantum Theory Could Hint at Life After Death

Stapp explains that the founders of quantum theory required scientists to essentially cut the world into two parts. You are probably familiar with this “cut”, for they are traditionally measured and described by the two areas of physics: General Relativity and Quantum Physics.

General Relativity describes the physical processes empirically experienced. Quantum Physics on the other hand describes a realm “which does not entail complete physical determinism.”

In relationship to this new world of Quantum Mechanics, Stapp wrote: “One generally finds that the evolved state of the system below the cut cannot be matched to any conceivable classical description of the properties visible to observers.”

In order then to “observe the invisible”, they purposefully selected properties of the quantum world and set up a measuring tool to observe the physical effects of the quantum happenings.

And yet despite all of this, the key continues to point to the experimenter’s choice. When working with the quantum system, the observer’s choice has been shown to physically impact what manifests and can be observed physically. You probably recall the Double Slit Experiment, where the observation of the particles changed their behavior from a Particle to a Wave.

Stapp cited Bohr’s analogy for this interaction between a scientist and his experiment results: “[It’s like] a blind man with a cane: when the cane is held loosely, the boundary between the person and the external world is the divide between hand and cane; but when held tightly the cane becomes part of the probing self: the person feels that he himself extends to the tip of the cane.”

It’s amazing to consider the connection between the physical and the mental, and the relationship between the two. By exploring in depth into the mental world we come out experiencing changes in the physical, and vice versa when we look physically to its depths we find odd and unusual connections to the mind.

The quantum explanation of how the mind and brain can be separate or different, yet connected by the laws of physics “is a welcome revelation,” wrote Stapp. “It solves a problem that has plagued both science and philosophy for centuries—the imagined science-mandated need either to equate mind with brain, or to make the brain dynamically independent of the mind.”

Stapp said it is not contrary to the laws of physics that the personality of a dead person may attach itself to a living person, as in the case of so-called spirit possession. It wouldn’t require any basic change in orthodox theory, though it would “require a relaxing of the idea that physical and mental events occur only when paired together.”

Classical physical theory can only evade the problem, and classical physicists can only work to discredit intuition as a product of human confusion, said Stapp. Science should instead, he said, recognize “the physical effects of consciousness as a physical problem that needs to be answered in dynamical terms.”


How This Understanding Affects the Moral Fabric of Society

We must always be mindful that beyond our physical bodies – if we observe the mental and spiritual connections we have to all of each other – we can observe and see quite clearly that we are all One. We are One Species on One Planet in One Solar System. The connection we have with each other is intergral to not only our survival, but also our sanity.

In another paper, titled “Attention, Intention, and Will in Quantum Physics,” Stapp wrote:  ”It has become now widely appreciated that assimilation by the general public of this ‘scientific’ view, according to which each human being is basically a mechanical robot, is likely to have a significant and corrosive impact on the moral fabric of society.”

We are not robots, but deeply spiritual beings with a powerful ability to create connections and build things based on our desire to be more connected not only to each other, to everything around us in the universe!

He wrote of the “growing tendency of people to exonerate themselves by arguing that it is not ‘I’ who is at fault, but some mechanical process within: ‘my genes made me do it’; or ‘my high blood-sugar content made me do it.’ Recall the infamous ‘Twinkie Defense’ that got Dan White off with five years for murdering San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.”

It is not an excuse to tell people that your genes made you do something and thus you are powerless to act any other way than your brian has been programmed. You are the author of those genes, and you can rewrite them. You’ve heard about DNA being re-written and re-progammed with thought – how it works just like a language. That is how we work, our bodies may be like computers but we are also the ones who wrote the programs and built the hardware.

Will you be subject to your mental programming from your younger days on this planet? Or will you choose to act as a unit of Consciousness who can make descions and grow based on the experiences you’ve had?

We will see ;)

Edited by Jordan Pearce
Read the Original Article on Epochtimes 


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