Scientist Dr Sean Carroll says it is impossible for our consciousness to live on after our body has died (Picture: Getty). After extensive studies, physicist Sean Carroll says for there to be an afterlife, our consciousness would need to be entirely separated from our physical body – which it is not.
Consciousness is a series of atoms and electrons which give us our mind, he says. The laws of the universe do not allow these atoms and electrons to continue to operate after our bodies have died.
Dr Carroll, a cosmologist and professor at the California Institute of Technology, explained: ‘Claims that some form of consciousness persists after our bodies die and decay into their constituent atoms faces one huge insuperable obstacle: the laws of physics underlying everyday life are completely understood.
‘There’s no way within those laws to allow for the information stored in our brains to persist after we die,’ he wrote in the Scientific American.
For life to be able to continue after death, he says tests on the quantum field would have revealed ‘spirit particles’ and ‘spirit forces’ – which they have not. ‘If it’s really nothing but atoms and the known forces, there is clearly no way for the soul to survive death. ‘Believing in life after death, to put it mildly, requires physics beyond the standard model,’ he said.