As the crew and I fly through intergalactic space, I find myself pondering the possible physics that would need to take place in order for our consciousness to be preserved after death. The current paradigm regarding the transition between our physical bodies into the afterlife seems to assume a sort of magic occurs that somehow transforms us into angels or some other being that is able to survive physical death. Although the mystery behind the transition may forever be shrouded from mortals, I enjoy the intellectual exercise of trying to marry spirituality and science.
I believe the metaphysical still has to rely on manipulating the physical properties of this dimension to achieve its aims. I don’t think God or whatever hyper-intelligent being that guided the creation of this place made all these scientific properties just to ignore it. Perhaps there are properties of space-time that are imperceivable to our brain and thus we aren’t able to create instruments that would otherwise allow us to observe the mechanism that allows the metaphysical to work in the way that it does. However, for the sake of argument, I’m going to assume that humans have made enough scientific progress that the mechanism by which the metaphysical operates on can be conceptualized and observed.
According to the first law of thermodynamics, mass and energy can’t be created nor destroyed; it can only change form. Most of our mass stays on Earth in the form of our physical body when we die. If there is a soul that corresponds with who we are, the soul probably corresponds with the electromagnetic waves that are encapsulated within our brain. Additionally, it must be assumed that the brain’s unique structure is just a scaffolding that allows beings that would only otherwise be able to observe this dimension to interact.
Once we are done with this life, I assume our consciousness (previously being sequestered by our physical brain structure) syncs up with all the other electromagnetic waves in what would be the afterlife. According the theory of emergence, an entity is observed to have properties its parts do not have on their own, properties or behaviors which emerge only when the parts interact in a wider whole. For example, the brain is very different and has more capability than the sum of its parts. Following that line of logic, if our experience was added to the sum of all the other experiences in the universe, it is my supposition that we’d learn much more than what we’re capable of in a physical body. It would also be a different form of living and experiencing.
Building on the theory of emergence, God would encompass all of our experiences spread across space and time and therefore would have a manner of existence that would be different still from the collective experiences of every living being. Whether one ascribes to the big bang theory or God creating the universe, at some point, the substances that make up the universe or God just had to always exist. I believe that God itself is an emergent property of the universe. At some point, I postulate that God just had the ability to observe and change itself much like we can observe and change ourselves. Perhaps God, much like us, wished to continue learning and thus allows us to exist and have unique lives in order to add to its edification and perhaps entertainment. Though God, being able to modify space-time would have the capacity to change anything and know everything, I assume for God it would be like how we watch shows we already watched. Just because we know how it goes doesn’t mean it doesn’t provide enjoyment and edification.
We are particles trying to put into words or symbols that which we experience but cannot be fully explained via words or symbols. I’m trying my best but some of the stuff I know is hard for me to articulate. If God is omniscient and omnipresent, I assume that all knowledge emanates from God and therefore any understanding or gaps in knowledge are in part because that is what God allows.
Despite all this, I don’t think we’ll ever be allowed to fully understand the mechanisms the metaphysical use. Sure, we can get more glimpses of reality by exploring string theory, quantum mechanics and relativity, but I’m sure mankind as it currently is would try to assert its own destructive will on other dimensions if it could. As I set off for my next mission, I find myself thinking about what judgement will be like, if there is one. I will explore that in another entry. Til next time, live long and prosper. 🖖