It seems there’s no point in wondering what awaits us when we pass away because there is definitely nothing.
At least, that’s the opinion of Dr Sean Carroll, a cosmologist and physics professor at the California Institute of Technology. Dr Carroll believes there is no afterlife and that we should move on with our lives on this earthly plane.
According to the Express, Dr Carroll states that “the laws of physics underlying everyday life are completely understood.”
Dr Carroll explains that for there to be an afterlife, consciousness would need to be entirely separated from our physical body. But instead of an everlasting soul, consciousness appears to be essentially composed of a series of atoms and electrons.
“Claims that some form of consciousness persists after our bodies die and decay into their constituent atoms face one huge, insuperable obstacle,” he says.
“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.”
Testing for the existence of the afterlife is something that scientists have tried before, and Dr Carroll points to The Quantum Field Theory (QFT).
Basically, QFT dictates that there is one field in the universe for each type of particle: one for all the photons, another for electrons and one for every other type of particle.
If there was some sort of afterlife, quantum tests would reveal ‘spirit particles’ and ‘spirit forces’. According to Dr Carroll, quantum tests have never been able to reveal these particles and forces.
But don’t lose all hope of reuniting with loved ones – or any other manifestation of the afterlife – because after all, this is only the opinion of one scientist.
If you imagine your afterlife to be you rolling around in chicken nuggets, then you believe in that!