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Physicists Claim that Consciousness Lives in Quantum State After Death
http://www.outerplaces.com Janey Tracey Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Does quantum mechanics predict the existence of a spiritual "soul"? Testimonials from prominent physics researchers from institutions such as Cambridge University, Princeton University, and the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich claim that quantum mechanics predicts some version of "life after death." They assert that a person may possess a body-soul duality that is an extension of the wave-particle duality of subatomic particles.
Wave-particle duality, a fundamental concept of quantum mechanics, proposes that elementary particles, such as photons and electrons, possess the properties of both particles and waves. These physicists claim that they can possibly extend this theory to the soul-body dichotomy. If there is a quantum code for all things, living and dead, then there is an existence after death (speaking in purely physical terms). Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr, former head of the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich, posits that, just as a particle "writes" all of its information on its wave function, the brain is the tangible "floppy disk" on which we save our data, and this data is then "uploaded" into the spiritual quantum field. Continuing with this analogy, when we die the body, or the physical disk, is gone, but our consciousness, or the data on the computer, lives on.
"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... The body dies but the spiritual quantum field continues. In this way, I am immortal," says Dürr.
Dr. Christian Hellwig of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, found evidence that information in our central nervous system is phase encoded, a type of coding that allows multiple pieces of data to occupy the same time. He said, "Our thoughts, our will, our consciousness and our feelings show properties that could be referred to as spiritual properties...No direct interaction with the known fundamental forces of natural science, such as gravitation, electromagnetic forces, etc. can be detected in the spiritual. On the other hand, however, these spiritual properties correspond exactly to the characteristics that distinguish the extremely puzzling and wondrous phenomena in the quantum world."
Physicist Professor Robert Jahn of Princeton University concluded that if consciousness can exchange information in both directions with the physical environment, then it can be attributed with the same "molecular binding potential" as physical objects, meaning that it must also follow the tenets of quantum mechanics. Quantum physicist David Bohm, a student and friend of Albert Einstein, was of a similar opinion. He stated, "The results of modern natural sciences only make sense if we assume an inner, uniform, transcendent reality that is based on all external data and facts. The very depth of human consciousness is one of them."
Although there is no definitive concrete evidence for this theory, one could arguably afford some weight to these claims if some of the most brilliant minds in quantum mechanics believe that it is consistent with the general patterns and trends of modern science. If proven, this theory could have monumental implications; if humans do "download" their consciousness into a thus far unobservable field, then a person's consciousness could, in Dürr's words, truly be immortal.
January 1 - New Year's Day - The most celebrated holiday around the world.
January 1, 1801 - Ireland was added to Great Britain by an Act of Union thus creating the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
January 1, 1863 - The Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves in the states rebelling against the Union.
January 1, 1892 - Ellis Island in New York Harbor opened.
January 1, 1901 - The Commonwealth of Australia was founded.
January 1, 1958 - The EEC (European Economic Community) known as the Common Market was formed.
January 1, 1959 - Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba.
January 1, 1979 - China and the U.S. established diplomatic relations.
Birthday - American Patriot Paul Revere (1735-1818).
January 2, 1960 - In Washington, D.C., Senator John F. Kennedy announced his intention to seek the Democratic presidential nomination.
January 3, 1777 - During the American Revolution, General George Washington defeated the British at Princeton.
January 3, 1959 - Alaska was admitted as the 49th U.S. state.
January 3, 1961 - U.S. President Eisenhower broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba.
January 3, 1993 - President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed the Start-II (Strategic Arms Reduction Talks) Treaty.
January 4, 1790 - President George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address.
Birthday - Joan of Arc (1412-1431).
January 7, 1999 - United States’ President William J. Clinton’s impeachment trial began.
January 8, 1815 - After the official end of the War of 1812, The Battle of New Orleans occurred.
January 8, 1959 - Charles de Gaulle took office as the first president of France's Fifth Republic.
January 8, 1964 - President Lyndon Johnson declared War on Poverty during his State of the Union message before the U.S. Congress.
January 8, 1982 - The American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) Company was broken up.
Birthday - Elvis Presley (1935-1977) was born in Tupelo, Mississippi.
January 9, 1960 - Construction work began on the Aswan High Dam.
Birthday - Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) the 37th U.S. President.
January 10, 1776 - Common Sense, by Thomas Paine, was published.
January 10, 1861 - Florida became the third state to secede from the Union.
January 10, 1863 - The world's first underground railway service opened in London.
January 10, 1920 - The League of Nations officially came into existence.
January 10, 1946 - The first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly took place.
January 10, 1984 - The U.S. and Vatican re-established full diplomatic relations.
January 11, 1861 - Alabama seceded from the Union.
Birthday - Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804).
January 12, 1991 - Congress authorized President George Bush to use military force against Iraq following its invasion of Kuwait.
Birthday - Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish orator, politician and philosopher.
Birthday - John Hancock (1737-1793), American statesman and patriot.
January 13, 1893 - The British Independent Labor Party was founded.
January 13, 1990 - Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the first African American governor in the U.S.
Birthday - Author Horatio Alger (1834-1899).
Birthday - Benedict Arnold (1741-1801), famous American traitor.
Birthday - Philosopher-physician Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965).
January 15, 1535 - Henry VIII became Supreme Head of the Church in England.
Birthday - Martin Luther King (1929-1968).
January 16, 1547 - Ivan the Terrible officially crowned as the first Russian Czar.
January 16, 1979 - The Shah of Iran departed his country.
January 16, 1991 - The war against Iraq, operation Desert Storm, began.
January 17, 1773 - The ship Resolution, sailing under Captain James Cook, became the first vessel to cross the Antarctic Circle.
Birthday - Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790).
Birthday - Muhammad Ali (nee, Cassius Clay) (1942-?).
January 18, 1966 - Robert Clifton Weaver sworn in as the first African American cabinet member in U.S. history.
Birthday - American orator and politician Daniel Webster (1782-1852).
January 19, 1966 - Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India.
Birthday - Gen. Robert E. Lee (1807-1870).
Birthday - Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849), poet and writer.
January 20, 1936 - King George V of England died at age 71.
January 20, 1981 - Ronald Reagan became president of the United States.
January 21, 1793 - King Louis XVI of France was guillotined.
January 21, 1924 - Soviet Russian leader Vladimir Lenin died.
January 21, 1954 - The USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear powered submarine, was launched.
Birthday - Ethan Allen (1738-1789), hero of the American Revolution.
January 22, 1901 - Queen Victoria of England died after a reign of 64 years
January 22, 1973 - Abortion became legal in the U.S. as the Supreme Court announced its decision in the case of Roe vs. Wade.
Birthday - Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British essayist, philosopher and statesman .
January 23, 1907 - Charles Curtis of Kansas became the first person of Native American ancestry to serve in the U.S Senate.
January 23, 1968 - The American ship USS Pueblo was seized by North Korea.
January 24, 41 AD - Roman Emperor Caligula assassinated by his own guard.
January 24, 1848 - The California gold rush began.
January 24, 1895 - Hawaii's monarchy ended as Queen Liliuokalani was forced to abdicate.
January 24, 1965 - Winston Churchill (1874-1965) died.
January 25, 1947 - Gangster Al Capone died in Miami at age 48 from syphilis.
January 25, 1959 - An American Airlines Boeing 707 made the first scheduled transcontinental U.S. flight, traveling from California to New York.
January 25, 1961 - President John F. Kennedy conducted the first live televised presidential news conference.
January 26, 1788 - The British established a settlement at Sydney Harbor in Australia.
Birthday - Gen. Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964).
January 27, 1967 - Three American astronauts were killed as a fire erupted inside Apollo 1 during a launch simulation test at Cape Kennedy, Florida.
January 27, 1973 - U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War ended by the Paris Peace Accord.
Birthday - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791).
Birthday - British novelist Lewis Carroll (1832-1898).
Birthday - German Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941).
January 28, 1547 - King Henry VIII of England died.
January 29, 1891 - Hawaii proclaimed Liliuokalani as its queen.
January 28, 1915 - The U.S. Coast Guard was created.
January 29, 1919 - The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Prohibition) ratified.
January 28, 1935 - Iceland became the first country to legalize abortion.
January 28, 1986 - The U.S. Space Shuttle Challenger exploded.
Birthday - Thomas Paine (1737-1809) author of Common Sense.
Birthday - Russian playwright Anton Chekhov (1860-1904).
January 30, 1649 - King Charles I of England was beheaded for treason.
January 30, 1933 - Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany.
January 30, 1948 - Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi, India.
January 30, 1968 - Beginning of the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War.
January 30, 1972 - In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 13 Roman Catholics were killed by British troops during a banned civil rights march. The event became known as Bloody Sunday.
Birthday - Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) the 32nd U.S. President.
Birthday - Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), the first African American to play professional baseball.
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Spirit in the News
Physical Effects of Group Consciousness Measured in Massive 17-Year Experiment
By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times | February 20, 2016
In 1998, scientists began an experiment to see whether they could physically detect a change in global consciousness during large-scale emotional events such as natural disasters. In December 2015, they finished collecting data from some 40 countries spread across the world throughout 500 major events.
How the Experiment Works
The data came from random event generators (REGs). These are machines that continuously produce bits randomly every second. It’s like a coin flipper: there’s a 50 percent chance it will turn up one way or the other.
Earlier Princeton University experiments had suggested human intention could influence the bits to deviate from chance expectations. Put simply, if someone wanted it to be tails, it was more likely to be tails.
Dr. Roger Nelson coordinated these Princeton experiments for more than 20 years. He went on to direct the Global Consciousness Project (unaffiliated with Princeton), which applies the same principles on a larger scale.