Life after death? Afterlife is 'PLAUSIBLE' but very unlikely, claims theoretical physicist

Theories concerning what happens to life after death vary greatly between cultures and different religions. People who follow the Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam believe human souls find eternal peace in heaven after death. In other parts of the world where, for instance, Buddhism is the dominant religion, souls are trapped in the cosmic wheel of karma where people are reincarnated after death until they break the cycle. And in Norse mythology, the afterlife is somewhat complicated by different spirits finding their final resting place in different realms such as the warriors’ hall of Valhalla or the underworld of Hel.

However, whatever a particular belief in the afterlife might be, some scientists are not convinced there is any strong evidence to support the claim of life after death.

According to theoretical physicist Sean Carroll, a professor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the afterlife sounds plausible but unlikely.

Appearing on Coast to Coast AM radio, the physicist said: “All these ideas, whether it’s the existence of a deity, the existence of an afterlife, these are perfectly plausible ideas that could be true.

“I think based on how modern science has progressed that the likelihood that they’re true is very, very, very small.


“But of course, we’re always collecting new data, we’re always trying to do better, and I could be wrong.”

Speaking to host George Noory, the physicist argued questions about the afterlife and higher powers are important ones to discuss.

But Dr Carroll also said humans are fallible and prone to being wrong, in particular, when discussing Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) and other paranormal phenomena.

NDEs are typically defined as powerful and personal experiences, which occur on the brink of death.


Many NDEs are associated with clinical deaths and cardiac arrest patients who claim to have seen heavenly lights and heard voices.

But these are misinterpretations and false believes, which do not fall in line with the laws of physics, Dr Carroll argued.

He said: “I think people make a lot of mistakes about what they believe. Eyewitness testimony is not very reliable.

“The human brain, as wonderful as it is, as complex and brilliant as we can be, is not anywhere close to a perfectly logical recording machine.


“We see the world and we interpret it in different ways. We see things that are not there, we don’t see things that are there, there’s a million psychology experiments that have established this.

“So, if it’s the laws of physics versus some human beings who have misinterpreted what they’ve seen, my sympathy is usually with the law of physics.”

Between 2008 and 2018, 15 hospitals in the UK, US and Australia assessed reports from cardiac arrest patients to analyse the validity of NDE claims.

The study found 13 out o 101 patients felt disconnected from their body and 22 had a feeling of peace.

In total, 39 percent of the survivors reported being aware of what was happening during cardiac arrest but the UK’s NHS attributed this to the patients reviving CPR and oxygen still reaching their brains.

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