Scientists have seriously theorised that the soul does not die, but exits the body at death and 'goes back to the Universe'. How can this happen, scientifically speaking? For while the soul lives with us, here in this reality, it must be manifesting itself somehow. As the article behind the cliffhanger explains, the computation of the soul seems to reside in microtubules. But the composite soul, given that ghosts are seen generally with clothes on, doesn't stop there.
Most people, even if they're skeptical, have had some experience of metaphysics - whether it's something to do with dimensions or spirits, the experience goes into the 'spooky' category, where Einstein put non-locality.
Quarks - or more specifically, quark matter - make/s up around 27% of our mass. [Thanks to Vladimir Kekelidze at SQM19 for that piece of invaluable information.] Quarks have the strange ability to oscillate (from one version of themselves, known as a 'flavour', to another), sharing this ability only with (as far as we know) the neutrino. So what if this quark matter is the material on which our cellular and soulular bodies hinge together? There's pretty good ground for this theory, if you take the breadth of probabilities into account.
Oscillation takes place at speeds we don't know about, while scientists are still arguing over the speed-of-light problem (whether it can be exceeded, thus violating general relativity, or whether quantum processes naturally bypass the problem by ignoring time altogether). Where two particles are involved in the process, there arises the issue of non-separability, argued between Einstein and Schroedinger and expanded upon usefully here.
In searching for the substance of the soul, or the energy signature which survives death, we could be looking for that part of quark-gluon plasma that exists simultaneously within this dimension (the one our 5 senses perceive) and in other dimensions (including whichever dimension our energy goes to after we die). When we wear our clothes, they become part of us. Walking around with clothes on feels so natural that it could be said the quark matter of our clothes and that of our bodies becomes entangled, which is not difficult to imagine being the case, and if (as is usually so) we die with clothes on, it would make sense, perhaps, that clothes and body share whatever separation takes place between this realm and the next.
Should quark matter prove to be the bridge between the 3D particle format we have to live with (on the strictly surface level of consciousness) and the dimensions or branes housing those other existences Everett and his fans are fully aware have to be there, this knowledge gives us a gateway to explore those Other Options on our world-line more effectively. By simple virtue of knowing they are there, Other Options become infinitely more attractive, and the more we believe in that awful 'Law of Attraction' stuff having some kind of basis in real science, the more obvious it becomes that the Now is more important than the Was and the What Is leads to What Will Be through a finely balanced combination of oscillation and choice.
More than likely, you've pondered the life-after-death scenario as I have, and concluded that there must be something in it, as Dr Lanza would have us believe. I believe some time ago he said something about microtubules.....
All images have their origins linked behind them - shadow-like, but definitely there.
Kathy is the author of Quantumology. She met quantum mechanics in 1997 and pledged allegiance to its sources thereafter. These are her personal thoughts and testimonies. For professional testimonials please see Programmes.