I must admit that one of my guilty pleasures is crazy, outside-the-box, speculative science exploring things that humans are scarcely able to comprehend, nevermind truly understand. I eagerly eat up anything I can find by Dr. Michio Kaku, Sci Fi Science became my favorite TV show the second I watched it. I can never get enough of this stuff.

Anyway, onto the point. For those of you who share this interest with me, there was a fantastic blog post on Huffington Post today by Robert Lanza regarding a new scientific theory called Biocentrism which expands on a not-entirely-new idea of what happens to us when we die. It is simply speculation built upon other speculation but again this stuff facinates me and I know I'm not alone in that so I figured I'd share it with my other science loving friends here on T|A, give a read...

The original article can be found here.


Many of us fear death. We believe in death because we have been told we will die. We associate ourselves with the body, and we know that bodies die. But a new scientific theory suggests that death is not the terminal event we think.

One well-known aspect of quantum physics is that certain observations cannot be predicted absolutely. Instead, there is a range of possible observations each with a different probability. One mainstream explanation, the "many-worlds" interpretation, states that each of these possible observations corresponds to a different universe (the 'multiverse'). A new scientific theory - called biocentrism - refines these ideas. There are an infinite number of universes, and everything that could possibly happen occurs in some universe. Death does not exist in any real sense in these scenarios. All possible universes exist simultaneously, regardless of what happens in any of them. Although individual bodies are destined to self-destruct, the alive feeling - the 'Who am I?'- is just a 20-watt fountain of energy operating in the brain. But this energy doesn't go away at death. One of the surest axioms of science is that energy never dies; it can neither be created nor destroyed. But does this energy transcend from one world to the other?

Consider an experiment that was recently published in the journal Science showing that scientists could retroactively change something that had happened in the past. Particles had to decide how to behave when they hit a beam splitter. Later on, the experimenter could turn a second switch on or off. It turns out that what the observer decided at that point, determined what the particle did in the past. Regardless of the choice you, the observer, make, it is you who will experience the outcomes that will result. The linkages between these various histories and universes transcend our ordinary classical ideas of space and time. Think of the 20-watts of energy as simply holo-projecting either this or that result onto a screen. Whether you turn the second beam splitter on or off, it's still the same battery or agent responsible for the projection.

According to Biocentrism, space and time are not the hard objects we think. Wave your hand through the air - if you take everything away, what's left? Nothing. The same thing applies for time. You can't see anything through the bone that surrounds your brain. Everything you see and experience right now is a whirl of information occurring in your mind. Space and time are simply the tools for putting everything together.

Death does not exist in a timeless, spaceless world. In the end, even Einstein admitted, "Now Besso" (an old friend) "has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us...know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." Immortality doesn't mean a perpetual existence in time without end, but rather resides outside of time altogether.

This was clear with the death of my sister Christine. After viewing her body at the hospital, I went out to speak with family members. Christine's husband - Ed - started to sob uncontrollably. For a few moments I felt like I was transcending the provincialism of time. I thought about the 20-watts of energy, and about experiments that show a single particle can pass through two holes at the same time. I could not dismiss the conclusion: Christine was both alive and dead, outside of time.

Christine had had a hard life. She had finally found a man that she loved very much. My younger sister couldn't make it to her wedding because she had a card game that had been scheduled for several weeks. My mother also couldn't make the wedding due to an important engagement she had at the Elks Club. The wedding was one of the most important days in Christine's life. Since no one else from our side of the family showed, Christine asked me to walk her down the aisle to give her away.

Soon after the wedding, Christine and Ed were driving to the dream house they had just bought when their car hit a patch of black ice. She was thrown from the car and landed in a banking of snow.

"Ed," she said "I can't feel my leg."

She never knew that her liver had been ripped in half and blood was rushing into her peritoneum.

After the death of his son, Emerson wrote "Our life is not so much threatened as our perception. I grieve that grief can teach me nothing, nor carry me one step into real nature."

Whether it's flipping the switch for the Science experiment, or turning the driving wheel ever so slightly this way or that way on black-ice, it's the 20-watts of energy that will experience the result. In some cases the car will swerve off the road, but in other cases the car will continue on its way to my sister's dream house.

Christine had recently lost 100 pounds, and Ed had bought her a surprise pair of diamond earrings. It's going to be hard to wait, but I know Christine is going to look fabulous in them the next time I see her.

Robert Lanza, MD is considered one of the leading scientists in the world. He is the author of "Biocentrism," a book that lays out his theory of everything.

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I'd expect that to cross my clone's mind.
Personally, I think the idea that we are existing and leading different lives in parallel universes is pretty far-fetched. There may be multiple universes, but I see no reason to think any of them even remotely resembles ours.

It seems like the people that subscribe to this sort of thinking forget that missing that patch of black-ice is not the only "either/or" scenario to be considered. Every single event in Ed and Christine's lives had to be exactly identical to lead them to that patch of ice; in fact, every single event in the history of the planet had to be exactly the same to lead to that moment. What if Christine's mother had been tired the night of her conception and decided NOT to have sex in the other universe? What if Ed had decided not to go out the day he met Christine in the other universe? What if Ed had gotten sick as a child and passed on? What if Ed's grandmother had had a miscarriage? What if his great, great, great grandfather had been shot in the [name one] war instead of meeting his wife? There are INFINITE possibilities that pretty much make it impossible for even a slightly similar parallel universe to exist at all. And that's just considering the human element. Animals affect our lives and paths, too, as well as insects and tree stumps and traffic lights. There are SOOO many variables that may have a simple effect, like making us turn right instead of left, but add those together and we can't even fathom what the outcomes would look like.

If there are multiverses, I think they're as unique as a fingerprint. Maybe the dinosaurs still rule! Maybe humans never evolved and there's something else! I just think the possibilities are so endless that we can be as sure we have no twin in another universe as we're sure there is no god.
Well, it would depend on how many possible parallels there are, Cara. True, there are a nigh-infinite number of possible alternatives that have led each of us to the point we're currently at, from the more gross decisions such as my deciding not to have eggs for breakfast today down to the random fluctuation that caused one particular atom of C-14 in my pinky finger to decompose to C-12 (or not) 30 seconds ago.

However, if there are an infinite number of possible universes, with each possible decision creating a separate universe for each potential outcome, then a universe would exist somewhere where everything happened just as it did here, except that I did indeed have eggs this morning, or where that atom did (or did not) decompose.

Now, finding that single particular universe in the uncounted infinity of alternates...that's the tricky part. Particularly when you consider that in a great, great many of those universes, life never started on Earth, or the Earth didn't form in the first place, or even the inflationary period never happened, so the universe ended rather abruptly.
As I was writing my reply, Dave posted his own... There must be a universe where I finished writing my post first...

well said there, especially the last sentence, however it saddens me that we are not together with a football team of children, 2 dogs and a mouse named charles in another universe man.

keep well


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