There are many unanswered questions about consciousness facing scientists and mathematicians of today, questions that have troubled great thinkers over many centuries. Does the brain produce consciousness? Or does the brain allow us to access a certain part of the universal consciousness? What happens to consciousness after death?
Physicists are employing quantum physics to answer these questions and to explain how the brain differs from an advanced computer. They are trying to understand how our conscious minds go beyond the realm of computation, where we experience free will, emotions and feelings. The following video provides a very concise overview of how the brain is capable of performing quantum tasks. It explains how the brain doesn’t just compute linearly, but how microtubules within the physical brain become quantumly entangled, allowing information from one point in the brain to be transferred to any other point in the brain. Upon death, the quantum state in the brain ceases, and the information dissipates as we once again become part of the universal consciousness.
The two scientists involved in the research behind quantum consciousness are Sir Roger Penrose, Professor of Mathematical Physics, Oxford, and author of The Emperor’s New Mind, and Dr. Stuart Hameroff, Director and Professor of Consciousness Studies and Neuroscience, University of Arizona. The following is a short clip of Dr. Hameroff explaining the difference between the physical world and the quantum world, and the nature of quantum particles.
Albert Einstein stated:
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
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