“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” Nikola Tesla
Recently, I was interviewed for a documentary film. Prior to the interview, the host sent me a list of possible questions to give me an idea of the subject matter. One question that really struck a chord was “can you give an example of the most ‘out there’ paranormal theory you’ve heard but are willing to entertain as true?”
Although I was never asked this question during the actual interview, it really got me thinking. Truthfully, there are many theories that I consider true but the one that really stands out for me here is a branch of quantum physics known as quantum entanglement. This theory involves the idea that two separated objects can share the same state no matter how far they are apart. In other words, once two entities meet they remain connected and whatever you do to one affects the other.
In the 1930’s, Albert Einstein flinched at this idea even though it was drawn from his own research and calculations. Believing the concept to be strange and that there must be some other explanation, he famously called his findings “spooky action at a distance.” Yet, today, science continues to find that quantum entanglement, though seemingly outlandish, is true.
For example, in 1964, John Bell proposed the now well-known Bell’s Theorem and was able to show that two particles, once linked, will change together instantaneously when a change to one or the other is made. Then in 1982, a team led by Alain Aspect at the University of Paris discovered that subatomic particles can communicate with each other no matter how far they are apart. Yet again in 1997, scientists split a pair of entangled photons and then shot them through fiber-optic cables in two separate villages several miles apart. They found that changing one appeared to have instantaneously affected the other.
The implications of these theories are astounding for many reasons. Some prominent researchers, for one, believe that quantum mechanics may actually prove some version of life after death. According to quantum mechanics, photons and electrons are both particles and waves. Some assert that this is an indication of the duality of body and soul.
They also assert that our cells carry quantum information that goes on to exist as a soul once the physical body dies. Former head of the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Germany, Dr. Hans-Peter Durr, explained, “What we consider the here and now, the 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.”*
British Physicist Sir Roger Penrose argues that consciousness is actually information stored at a quantum level. Our cells carry information which is stored at a sub-atomic level and then when we die, it is released back into the universe, he notes. If, however, we are resuscitated, the information is channeled back to our cells and this is what sparks a near-death experience.
The human body is made up of several difference types of cells (skin cells, red blood cells, white blood cells, nerve cells, muscle cells, etc.). These cells, often called the building blocks of life, come together giving us the illusion of solid mass. However, what we perceive as solid is not solid at all but 99.999999999999% empty space! What we are really made up of is energy and this energy is part of one unified field.
As Niels Bohr once said, “If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet. Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.” What does this all mean? Well, for one, things are not what they appear to be—not even death. Perhaps what Einstein once regarded as spooky is not so eerie after all but merely a profound indication of our true nature and the unbreakable interconnectedness of all things—both physical and spiritual.