The Interesting Equation Between Science and the Soul

A very early scientific experiment conducted to verify the existence of the soul is the work done by Duncan MacDougall in 1901. (Image:  wikimedia /  CC0 1.0)
A very early scientific experiment conducted to verify the existence of the soul is the work done by Duncan MacDougall in 1901. (Image: wikimedia / CC0 1.0)

Ever since modern science unveiled the wonders of the atom and quantum physics, many people have been secretly asking themselves whether there indeed is a soul and if a completely materialistic view of the universe is wrong.

21 grams and electrophotonics

A very early scientific experiment conducted to verify the existence of the soul was the work done by Duncan MacDougall in 1901. He basically weighed people before and just moments after their death. MacDougall found that the body weighed less by an average of 21 grams once dead, concluding that the stuff that was lost must have been the soul. However, modern science has explained this phenomenon by ascribing the loss of weight to physiological factors like sweating.

A very interesting figure in modern research into souls is the Russian physicist Konstantin Korotkov. He has been using Kirlian photography, a bioelectric imaging technique, quite extensively in his study on the nature of the soul. In fact, he has modified the same and created a pretty advanced version that he calls electrophotonics. According to Korotkov, it is possible to photograph human souls and auras using the technique. Unfortunately, most people have rubbished the claim as a fraud. However, Korotkov says that more than 300 doctors have been using his technique to analyze patient health.

Quantum physics and the soul

If there is one scientific area that has sparked immense interest and speculation on the existence of souls in this century, it is quantum physics. There are many physicists who believe that the world is just a part of a bigger picture and that when a person dies, their soul just leaves the material world to form a part of other undiscovered planes of existence.  

If there is one scientific area that has sparked immense interest and speculation on the existence of souls in this century, it is quantum physics. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

According to the quantum theory of consciousness, the human soul resides in small microtubes located inside the brain cells. Proposed by Dr. Stuart Hameroff from the U.S. and Sir Roger Penrose from Britain, the theory states that the information inside the microtubes just dissolves into the universe at the time of death. If such a person were to be revived, the quantum information will return back to the microtubes. However, if the person is not revived, the quantum information would remain in the universe as a soul infinitely.

There are also scientists who claim that the soul has properties just like any other substance, even though they have not been observed to have interacted with known substances.  

“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,” Dr. Christian Hellwig, from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany says in an interview with Express.

It was a little girl in the forest on the other side of the river. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

There are also scientists who claim that the soul has properties just like any other substance, even though they have not been observed to have interacted with known substances. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

He also goes on to say that the spiritual properties exhibit characteristics that would make them similar to the inexplicable phenomena in the quantum world.

Quantum theory divides the worldview into two parts — an “above” part where classical mathematics can be used to explain the physical phenomenon, and a “below” part where none of the current mathematics of other streams of knowledge seems to be applicable. And many quantum physicists have theorized that it is in the “below” part where the possibility of the soul exists.

The quantum view of the existence of the soul also resolves another major problem — the morality issue. The prevalent mechanical worldview has often led people to excuse themselves from their immoral behaviors by claiming that “it’s my genes which made me do it,” “it’s the way I was raised up that caused this,” and so on. But when science even accepts the possibility of the existence of the soul, the idea that such immoral actions can have long-term effects on the soul will provide the society with a strong moral framework it desperately needs.

Tired old conventions

Science has, and continues to show us, newer definitions of the explicable phenomenon. But the unnerving factor in modern experimentation is the refusal to look at something inexplicable that does not fall within the boundary of established conventions. This method of scientific approach is rather — unscientific. We need to examine beyond what has already been defined and should not quiver in fear when the established theorems are proven wrong or can be made much better. Then, when we look through new eyes, we might discover an unknown spectrum of knowledge and make science downright exciting again.

It might be true that such “intrusions” might not get the prized grant or recognition from the economically-motivated board of executives. But it surely will initiate a courageous venture into radical scientific discoveries and bring back the sense of adventure that once was science — a pursuit of truth.

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