For centuries, the question of whether life continues after death has sparked intense debates. Recently, a scientist has entered the fray, asserting with conviction that we should prioritize our present existence, as he deems an afterlife to be 'impossible'.
The topic of life after death has sparked spirited debates for countless centuries.
Many people who have been declared clinically dead have experienced a sudden return to life, sometimes against their own wishes.
In their stories, they often describe encountering immensely powerful, kind-hearted beings and witnessing radiant lights that lead them into an uncharted, yet undeniably splendid and otherworldly realm.
Yet, certain scientists have boldly taken the stance that there is unequivocally no existence beyond death, dismissing the rich tapestry of human experiences throughout our lives.
Dr. Sean Carroll, a cosmologist and physics professor at the California Institute of Technology, has confidently stated that we possess a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental laws of physics governing our everyday existence.
As a result, everything we encounter must stay within the boundaries determined solely by our physical existence.
In order for an afterlife to be possible, human consciousness would have to exist as a separate entity, distinct from our physical bodies, which inevitably deteriorate and cease to function. Carroll firmly argues that this is not the case.
Carroll contends that our minds and consciousness are essentially composed of nothing more than a combination of atoms and electrons. These particles essentially make up our consciousness.
According to Dr. Carroll, the basic laws of the universe don't allow these particles to continue functioning after our physical bodies cease to exist.
Dr Carroll continued: "Claims that some form of consciousness persists after our bodies die and decay into their constituent atoms face one huge, insuperable obstacle."
"The laws of physics underlying everyday life are completely understood. And there's no way within those laws to allow for the information stored in our brains to persist after we die."
Carroll believes that Quantum Field Theory (QFT), the theory proposing one field for each type of particle, provides an explanation for why an afterlife or an eternal soul is highly unlikely.
To put it simply, in this framework, all photons in the universe operate on one level, while electrons and all other types of particles each have their own field.
Carroll suggests that if life were to continue in any way after our physical death, experiments in the quantum field would probably have shown the existence of "spirit particles" and "spirit forces."
As he says in an article for Scientific American: "If it's really nothing but atoms and the known forces, there is clearly no way for the soul to survive death."
"Believing in life after death, to say it simply, would demand a physics framework beyond the Standard Model. Most crucially, we'd need a mechanism for this 'new physics' to interact with the atoms that make up our existence."
Carroll contends that if all scientists grasp this concept, it could pave the way for a fresh perspective on how the human mind operates.
He concludes: "There's no reason to be agnostic about ideas that are dramatically incompatible with everything we know about modern science."
While this might disappoint many believers, some individuals, particularly those who have had near-death experiences, still assert that they've encountered life after death.
A self-proclaimed staunch atheist reported having a near-death experience that completely altered his perspective on life and death.
During a medical emergency, Jose Hernandez stopped breathing and stated that he saw spirits before reuniting with his deceased father in what he described as Heaven.
Hernandez said: "When I met my dad on the other side, I realized that sometimes we may not be able to say something here, but we're gonna be able to say it somewhere else."