Stephen Hawking and the Human Soul?
I just finished, "The Universe in a Nutshell" by Stephen Hawking.
What I learned was fascinating. Particles make up the universe and the universe has no proven origin: it's "boundless". Within the concept that there is no origin or starting point, point A, we can only look at where we are or point B. Stephen Hawking says that every move in existence goes through "all possible scenarios". Did you get that? At quantum levels, matter exists simultaneously as particles and as waves- everything happening, is happening simultaneously- ALL possibilities at the same time, resulting in what you observe based on your perception. Nothing exists until it is observed. "The brain, in other words, builds a picture or model." Your reality may be occurring based on your emotions and perceptions: change your emotions and maybe your reality will change.
According to Martin Heidegger, a German philosopher we do not exist inside time, "we are time." Hence, the relationship to the past is a present awareness of "having been", which allows the past to exist in the present. The relationship to the future is the state of anticipating a potential possibility, task, or engagement. It is related to the human propensity for caring and being concerned, which causes "being ahead of oneself" when thinking of a pending occurrence. Therefore, this concern for a potential occurrence also allows the future to exist in the present. The present becomes an experience, which is qualitative instead of quantitative. Heidegger seems to think this is the way that a linear relationship with time, or temporal existence, is broken or transcended. We are not stuck in sequential time. We are able to remember the past and project into the future - we have a kind of random access to our representation of temporal existence --- we can, in our thoughts, step out of (ecstasies) sequential time.
"Holy Smoke!" did you get that? Wow, boundless limitless possibilities...and now you know, you read it here...send me more wisdom, because I feel like I am in a rabbit hole and I don't want to come out! I love it too much in here! :)
As I Think about Heidegger's book, Being and Time (1927) and Hawking's book, The Universe in a Nutshell (2001), I pondered our Human Soul.
Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking the 69-year-old physicist is one of the greatest minds of our century and he states that when the brain dies its all over. Shocking? Well, he also believes there is "something" underlining all reality. In answer to a question on how we should live, he said, simply: "We should seek the greatest value of our action."
The Universe in a Nutshell tells the history and principles of modern physics. He brings us behind the scenes of the most intellecutal tales as he seeks to "combine Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and Richard Feynman's idea of multiple histories into one complete unified theory that will describe everything that happens in the universe."
What is the Soul? I ask. Is it the operator of the mind: the one that collects information or is it the collection of information seemingly the mind of an individual?
The Soul may be collective consciousness, not an individual soul at all.
Maybe our “consciousness” is our soul? And maybe it moves into a new form, say “collective consciousness” when we die?
Quantum immortality violates no known laws of physics.
Particles:What are these? The are the make-up of everything in the Universe, which is made of atoms. Before particles are observed they are invisible to the eye, as waves of different frequencies. Our observation makes them our reality, or matter as we see it and our perception gives everything it’s meaning. What is invisible to our eyes, the brain interprets from the radiation which carries energy.
So, I ask are we Souls or Particles, which we have formed based on our level of consciousness, and will this form, some call our soul move on after the brain is dead?
Stephen Hawking says when the brain dies its all over for the mind. But, what if the information is stored outside the mind/brain? Then is it really all over?
Hawking stated that he does-"not believe in a personal God"
He is "not religious in the normal sense" and he believes that "the universe is governed by the laws of science. The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws." –Hawking.
Pine TreeMy favorite Monk Thich Nhat Hanh used the Pine Tree as our analogy of how to live life:
“Imagine a pine tree standing in the yard. If that pine tree were to ask us what it should do, what the maximum is a pine tree can do to help the world, our answer would be very clear: “You should be a beautiful, healthy pine tree. You help the world by being your best.” That is true for humans also. The best we can do to help the world is to be healthy, solid, loving, and gentle to ourselves. Then when people look at us, they will gain confidence. They will say, “If she can do that, I can do that too!”
In 1957, a student named Hugh Everett suggested that perhaps the reason that a particle’s outcome can’t be predicted is not because of randomness, but because every possible outcome does occur.
In Stephen Hawking's book, The Universe in a Nutshell, Hawking agrees with Richard Feynman's theory in Quantum electrodynamics. The theory for which Feynman won his Nobel Prize, which was for the prediction that the sum over histories in which every possible path from one state to the next is considered, the final path being a sum over the possibilities (also referred to as sum-over-paths. Let me see if I can state this clearer, the same particles are used over again and again in all potential and historical possibilities.
Feynman's interpretation1. The probability for an event is given by the squared length of a complex number called the "probability amplitude".
2. The probability amplitude is given by adding together the contributions of all the histories in configuration space.
3. The contribution of a history to the amplitude is proportional to , where is reduced Planck's constant, and can be set equal to 1 by choice of units, while S is the action of that history, given by the time integral of the Lagrangian along the corresponding path.
In order to find the overall probability amplitude for a given process, then, one adds up, or integrates, the amplitude of postulate 3 over the space of all possible histories of the system in between the initial and final states, including histories that are absurd by classical standards. In calculating the amplitude for a single particle to go from one place to another in a given time, it would be correct to include histories in which the particle describes elaborate curlicues, histories in which the particle shoots off into outer space and flies back again, and so forth. The path integral assigns all of these histories amplitudes of equal magnitude but with varying phase, or argument of the complex number. The contributions that are wildly different from the classical history are suppressed only by the interference of similar, canceling histories.
Feynman showed that this formulation of quantum mechanics is equivalent to the canonical approach to quantum mechanics, when the Hamiltonian is quadratic in the momentum. An amplitude computed according to Feynman's principles will also obey the Schrödinger equation for the Hamiltonian corresponding to the given action.
Classical action principles are puzzling because of their seemingly teleological quality: given a set of initial and final conditions one is able to find a unique path connecting them, as if the system somehow knows where it's going to end up and how it's going to get there. The path integral explains why this works in terms of quantum superposition. The system doesn't have to know in advance where it's going or what path it'll take: the path integral simply calculates the sum of the probability amplitudes for every possible path to any possible endpoint. After a long enough time, interference effects guarantee that only the contributions from the stationary points of the action give histories with appreciable probabilities. "The Universe In A Nutshell" resonated with me, but I felt the need to investigate further the "unseen reality." My first stop was to The World Sound Healing Conference in San Francisco to hear a lecture on The Quantum Harmonic Oscillator. The room went dark and three pyramids projected on a large screen.
"You can hear the sound of "nature" between the Pyramids of Giza," Dr. Susan Yale said, pausing, "it's a perfect F Sharp." No one moved. She spoke slowly, "If you knew there was a place in the world where you could hear God, would you go?" I always wanted to swim in the Nile. From my memoir, "From Hollywood to God" on Amazon and Kindle books.