I had thought we needed a break this week from dealing with scientific dead-ends, so I was going to talk about sex in the afterlife. You would be surprised to know how often I am asked that question! But I have been accumulating links toward a future post on scientific breakthroughs, and now seems to be the right time to use them. Stay tuned: next week sex is on the way!
It was big news last week that scientists at Southampton University in England had studied more than 2000 patients who had suffered cardiac arrests in the UK, the US, and Austria, and they had found that some forty percent of them had “some kind of ‘awareness’ during the time when they were clinically dead and before their hearts were restarted.” At least one man watched his resuscitation from above and was able to describe it in detail. Well, yes. This was big news only because mainstream scientists have ignored the vast body of literature that has developed around those studying near-death experiences (NDEs) and out-of-body experiences (OBEs). This phenomenon of people watching from above as medical personnel work on their bodies is surprisingly common. It is common, too, for people to leave their bodies spontaneously. Indeed, the evidence strongly suggests that each of us goes out of body every night to be with loved ones and to confer with guides. So now mainstream scientists have discovered that the mind is able to survive and be conscious apart from its body. Hooray! This is only basic evidence of what open-minded folks have known for years, but it’s a start. Let’s hope their enlightenment continues.
Wired magazine recently ran an article entitled Cosmic Rays Offer Clue Our Universe Could Be a Computer Simulation. The authors take the amazing step of acknowledging the simple fact that the vanishingly tiny tolerances to which the universe is designed likely mean that there must be a Designer. They still can’t say the G-word, true, but after all their multiverse floundering, this seems to be an important admission. Rather than this universe being the only perfect strand of spaghetti among random billions thrown at the wall, they say it might not be random after all. “(I)t’s not uncommon to hear people talk about how amazing it is that certain fundamental values are just right for life to exist. Some people have wondered if that’s because the whole universe is actually some kind of sandbox simulation, and we’re merely characters in some cosmic game of The Sims. If that’s true, then there should be a point where we start to bump up against the edges of the simulator, like Jim Carrey’s character escaping from The Truman Show – and now a team of physicists think that a particular measurement of some cosmic ray particles might be the first such indication of one of those edges.” These researchers are hypothesizing a “simulation” of the universe, since apparently they are unable to grasp that the “simulation” actually is the universe. So they say things like, “simulating the universe would take up a lot of processing power, since the universe is exceedingly large (and then some).” They speculate that such a simulation would require “some kind of underlying lattice that holds everything together like a kind of framework.” Well, true. Eventually they may come to understand that the “power source” and the “lattice” are one, that eternal Mind is all that exists, and that the universe is a thought in eternal Mind. They aren’t there yet. But at least now they are heading in the right direction!
Both of these developments are tantalizing bits of evidence that in science, all is not lost and eventually the light will dawn. It is Michael Shermer’s personal revelation, though, which makes me imagine that anything is possible!
Michael Shermer has long been such a rabid enemy of anything that might hint at a greater reality that he actually runs a debunker magazine called Skeptic. He writes for Scientific American, so I have read many of his articles when my stomach was feeling strong enough and my mind was feeling especially tolerant. I have long thought him to be what Victor Zammit charitably calls a “closed-minded skeptic” and I call a debunker: he would find some tiny aspect of an enormous non-material concept being investigated now by serious researchers, and he would subject it to dismissive ridicule. But then came the moment when his new wife’s beloved grandfather’s radio – long inoperative – began to play on their wedding day. It worked just that day, then never again. This is a classic sign from the dead, and it was accepted as such by the woman he loved. As he says in the above article, “(I)f we are to take seriously the scientific credo to keep an open mind and remain agnostic when the evidence is indecisive or the riddle unsolved, we should not shut the doors of perception when they may be opened to us to marvel in the mysterious.”
This is wonderful, Michael! All is forgiven. Come be my guest on Seek Reality, and you and I can marvel together.