Scientists Found That The Soul Doesn’t D-ie – It Goes Back To The Universe

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These two questions are inextricably linked, just as loss of life and taxes are. Is there really such a thing as a soul in living beings? And, if that’s the case, what actually occurs when the tangible body lifeless? Everyone, regardless of where they stand on the afterlife debate, asks these queries at some point in their lives.

In one of the most famous metaphysical experiments of all time, Massachusetts physician Duncan MacDougall attempted to address that first dilemma in the early 1900s. He attempted to weigh the soul by using the carcasses of six people who lost there life due to infectious diseases. MacDougall deduced that the human soul weighed around 34 ounces after completing a limited but observable study (or 21 grams).

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At first glance, MacDougall’s findings appear to be incredible – especially considering the time period in which he conducted these experiments! It implies not only that there is a soul, but that it is also tangible. Skeptics, on the other hand, have pointed out flaws, such as:

  • The bodies that did not lose weight were not mentioned in MacDougall’s published findings.
  • Any weight loss he experienced could be credited to physical responses alone (e.g., evaporation)
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Innumerable explanations have been propounded by thinkers, behavioural scientists, and everyone in between. Some people “verify” the presence of the soul, while others “refute” it. Dr. Stuart Hameroff, an anesthesiologist and professor at the University of Arizona, and British physicist Sir Roger Penrose have posited Orchestrated Objective Reduction as a theory of awareness (aka Orch-OR). Simply put, their Orch-OR theory proposes that you have brain neuron microtubules inside your neurons that can possibly store memories (i.e., quantum information) at a subatomic level, among other things.

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Interpretations are crucial when addressing anything, particularly when describing the soul and existence. So, in order to explain Hameroff and Penrose’s theory, we’re going to assume that human consciousness and the human soul are about the same thing. According to Penrose, if someone lost there life for a short period of time, all of the remembrances held by microtubules in the brain are released into the multiverse. “If [a person] is resurrected, the quantum information is channelled back into the microtubules, and that is what ignites a near-end of life experience,” according to Express.

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In other words, your consciousness/soul may come back to the universe after you lost your life, preventing you from vanishing! At the very least, the two researchers’ awareness theory is fascinating to consider. This is one of many hypotheses that provides some hope to anybody who claims to believe we are more than just a bunch of atomic nuclei purposefully bouncing off of each other.

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Assumptions are not the same as facts. Science, it could be argued, is unable to confirm or refute the soul (whatever its true definition is).

Even for the most logical and scientific mind, the human soul is a puzzle that takes faith. In any case, it’s a concern that we all want to know the answer to, and it’s an adventure worth taking.

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