Most scientists dismiss the idea of ‘life after death’ as a fanciful notion which is impossible to prove. In fact, new research indicates that it is actually the idea of ‘death’ which is becoming less likely and harder to prove, as everything we learn about quantum physics suggests that space and time do not actually exist in our perceived linear structure, so, in theory, death cannot possibly exist.

Professor Robert Lanza, Chief Scientific Officer at Advanced Cell Technology, and Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, explains the theory which has evolved from a field of quantum physics known as biocentrism. Biocentrism, classed as the ‘theory of everything’ and derived from the Greek for ‘life centre", is based on a concept that life and biology are central to being, reality, and the cosmos, and that life creates the universe, not the other way around. So in these terms, death is merely an illusion formed by our idea of consciousness.

Professor Lanza explains that biocentrism encompasses the theory put forward by theoretical physicists, namely that there are an infinite number of universes in which every possible outcome or event is taking place simultaneously. To accept this version of reality, Lanza says that we must first re-evaluate the way we have been programmed to view time and consciousness; he suggests that this will be the most significant mental shift for humankind since the 15th century when scientists revealed that the earth was round and not flat.

Like the concept outlined in the Wachowski Bros film, "The Matrix", it appears that our notion of ‘reality’ is merely an illusion which has been tailored to meet our pre-conceived expectations. Lanza explains that, when we perceive that the sky is blue, it is because we have been programmed to believe that this is true, but that our brain cells could be altered to interpret the sky as green, red or any other colour.

In a memorable scene from the Matrix movie, which starred Keanu Reeves, the heroes believed they were being taught to bend a spoon with their minds until it was revealed that the spoon wasn’t real. Professor Lanza suggests that we take part in a similar exercise every day when we behold our perceived surroundings:

"The shapes, colors, and forms known as your kitchen are seen as they are solely because photons of light from the overhead bulb bounce off the various objects and then interact with your brain through a complex set of retinal and neural intermediaries,"

"But on its own, light doesn’t have any colour, nor any brightness, nor any visual characteristics at all. It’s merely an electrical and magnetic phenomenon," he explained."So while you may think that the kitchen as you remember it was there in your absence, the unquestionable reality is that nothing remotely resembling what you can imagine could be present when a consciousness is not interacting."

If we view the universe from a biocentric perspective, then space and time must also be subject to the same rules and as such are simply mental constructs of our own creation; on his website, the scientists encourages us to accept that space and time are merely "tools of our minds". The concept of ‘death’ therefore cannot exist in a world without spatial or linear boundaries, and therefore ‘death’ appears to have no real basis in quantum science.

Professor Lanza hypothesises that, after death, our life becomes a “perennial flower that returns to bloom in the multiverse”. He added: “Life is an adventure that transcends our ordinary linear way of thinking. When we die, we do so not in the random billiard-ball-matrix but in the inescapable-life-matrix.”

"What you see could not be present without your consciousness," he summarized."’Our consciousness makes sense of the world."

Lanza says that the well-known ‘double slit’ experiment helps to illustrate his theory. During the experiment, a laser light source was passed through a barrier containing two parallel slits and the passage of light through the slits was observed on a plate behind the barrier. Scientists noted that the light particles acted like bullets travelling through a single slit when observed, but their behavior appeared to be altered when they were not being watched, when the particles moved through the holes like a wave which was able to go through both slits at the same time.

This demonstrates that matter and energy can act as two separate entities, displaying characteristics of both waves and particles, and that the behavior of the particle is altered by the observing person’s perception and consciousness. This concept can theoretically be applied to everything existing in the universe.

Lanza commented: "Some of the thrill that came with the announcement we are close to understanding the Big Bang rests in our human desire for completeness and totality. But most of these theories fail to take into account one crucial factor: We are creating them."

Lanza’s full theory is explained in his book Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe.

The concept of ‘heaven and hell’ may still be explained to some degree by this theory, as it appears that we can potentially create our own realities, either positive or negative, or at least our perception of them. For those who have scoffed at books like The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne, or The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne Dyer, in which it is suggested that we create our own realities, there is now a field of science which can apparently substantiate these theories.

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