Sir Roger Penrose – science and the soul

As a philosopher of science and mathematical physicist, Sir Roger Penrose is the Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford, as well as an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College.

The UK’s Sun recently noted Soul searching Researchers claim that humans have souls which can live on after death by George Harrison, November 5, 2016 AD.

As a philosopher of science and mathematical physicist, Sir Roger Penrose is the Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford, as well as an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College.

The UK’s Sun recently noted Soul searching Researchers claim that humans have souls which can live on after death by George Harrison, November 5, 2016 AD.
The article is instructive in at least two ways: 1) how scientists are considering such concepts and 2) how to write a manipulative article.

It is noted that “..the idea that human consciousness lives on after death has been put forward by a number of well-respected scientists” and that while “We many not know exactly what consciousness” Sir Roger Penrose “believes that it’s just a packet of information stored at a quantum – or sub-atomic – level…stored in microtubules within human cells, leaves the body after a person dies.”

Penrose, “has argued that when a person dies temporarily, this quantum information is released into the universe, only to return to the body’s cells if the host is brought back to life…this explains why people can have near-death experiences, and believes that this quantum information amounts to a soul leaving the body. He has stated, “If the patient dies, it’s possible that this quantum information can exist outside the body, perhaps indefinitely, as a soul.”

It is noted that “his theory is backed by researchers at the renowned Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich…Dr Hans-Peter Dürr, former head of the institute, has said: ‘What we consider the here and now, this world, it is actually just the material level that is comprehensible. The beyond is an infinite reality that is much bigger. The body dies but the spiritual quantum field continues. In this way, I am immortal.’”

And with those interesting points out of the way, George Harrison seemed to think that some nutty people may actually begin to think that perhaps there is something to this whole soul thing and all the more since serious legitimate scientists are looking into it.

Thus, the article ends with reference to Paul Robertson who claims to have “survived 17 near-death experiences.”
In one such experience, he “was blocked from entering heaven by a group of laughing angels who smelled of aftershave.” Another had him “bathed in the aura of an ‘Asiatic goddess.’” Finally, another experience “made him believe he was a husky dog bounding through the Arctic.”

In this way, some people will conclude that the concept of the soul and serious scientific research into its existence is not worth pursuing after all—on the face of it and/or because it is made to seem to lead to taking personages such as Robertson seriously.

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