Quantum Immortality?

One of the most irksome problems facing physicists today is understanding how measureable outcomes emerge from out of a quantum microworld where a multitude of possibilities simultaneously co-exist in a fog of virtual activity. This problem goes hand in hand with formulating a more robust framework for cosmology, which embraces the origin and evolution of the world.

The sexiest theories of late involve parallel universes. One solution of parallel universes allows for all quantum possibilities to become real outcomes—but they do so because they operate in different worlds. So cosmologically speaking, this means we could each have other versions of ourselves living out various possible outcomes—in one world we can be homeless, and in another, we can be the president of the United States!

This idea seems like a cousin to quantum tunneling, where because of the probabilistic nature of primary reality, if millions of people pushed against a wall one individual would eventually succeed in moving through it!

Some detractors of this theory question whether a theory of multiple worlds, which remain beyond our direct observation and tests, can even constitute a real scientific approach. Certainly, the Many Worlds theory allows scientists the cover to provide a convenient answer for anything.

In fact, let me take a crack at it.

If we ponder all the possible world-scenarios that can emerge from such a theory then one of those possibilities would include immortal life. In other words, in a multiverse with infinite possibilities, someone will be lucky enough to escape accidents, disease and old age—and thus be immortal and blessed. If knowledge of this world somehow seeped or leaked into our own universe then it might offer up a scientific explanation of how religion and the idea of eternal life might have reached human consciousness.

This is absurd, of course, because it gives quantum physics the possibility to ignore the laws of nature, such as entropy within thermodynamic time. The problem with physics today is that it is running out of rational ways to describe the strangeness of deep reality purely through physical ideas. Because of this, some bold scientists suspect that quantum physics may have its origins in the non-material realm of consciousness.

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg was way ahead of his time when it came to formulating a multi-dimensional or Many Worlds approach to cosmology. He devised a model by which the universe was layered into distinct realms, from the physical to the psychical to the spiritual. The reason Swedenborg would give as to why the quantum world is indeterminate is that primary nature and its activity is under less constraint from law and thus less physical.

The idea of immortality comes from a deeper level of reality in which time and space and the laws of thermodynamics play no part.

To be continued . . .


About thegodguy

EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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4 Responses to Quantum Immortality?

  1. Roger says:

    “He devised a model by which the universe was layered into distinct realms, from the physical to the psychical to the spiritual.”

    Dear Edward, What is the psychical realm in Swedenborgian cosmology? The World of Spirits? Thanks, Roger

  2. thegodguy says:

    Hi Roger!

    The “World of Spirits” certainly represents the psychical realm (substrate) in Swedenborgian cosmology. However, his cosmological model can also be expressed in terms of substances and forms capable of receiving intelligent influx from God’s Spiritual Sun. My blog above was intended to communicate Swedenborg’s alternative view of the “Many World’s” theory now being embraced by many physicists – with one that transcends mere physical realities.

    Spiritually yours,

  3. Roger says:

    Dear Edward,
    I have added a link to your blog in my newly created blog:

    Please let me know if, at any time, this is not acceptable to you and I’ll remove the link. My blog is not as erudite as yours. With time, I do intend to add entries on items of interest to me and where I feel I might contribute something to the New Church in particular and to Christendom in general. I am not generating any traffic to my blog , but Google hasn’t indexed it yet.

    Regards, Roger

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear Roger,

    Congratulations – and best of luck in your new and important endeavor!

    Spiritually yours,

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