Aryeh Kaplan, in “Immortality and the soul”, suggests that the immortality of the soul lies in being able to remember each and every moment that we have lived during the time that we have been inhabiting this body.
We are not our body, we are not our brain, which, for health reasons, in order not to be overwhelmed by the colossal information that we receive at every moment of our lives, ends up being therapeutically forgotten, as Bergson would say, quoted by Kaplan.
We are the information that these hardware collect, the gestures, the flavors, the words that touched us.
That information is not lost, it would be stored –Kaplan dixit- in the memory of God, which is a kind of cloud to which all beings are connected, as if it were the central server of the universe.
But when we disincarnate, forgetting to protect the body makes no sense.
Then we remember everything. All images and memories of our life parade before our eyes, it is the classic figure of the minute before we die.
Borges, in “Deutsches Requiem”, recounts the final moment of a German officer who is going to be shot and who eternally freezes time in a second, to remember the entire saga of his life, dedicated to an atrocious cause.
In “Funes, el memorioso”, also by Borges, the eternal vigil of that man who remembered with precision every event in his life is recounted. He had broken the filter of oblivion, and he lived in a foreshadowing of eternity.
But when we disincarnate, we are naked before God, the server, the matrix, the original cause, the memory of everything that exists. And we remember everything, the good and the evil things that we have done, as Kaplan tells us:
“Imagine standing naked before God, with your memory wide open, completely transparent without any jamming mechanism or reducing valve to diminish its force. You will remember everything you ever did and see it in a new light. You will see it in the light of the unshaded spirit or, if you will, in God’s own light that shines from one end of creation to the other. The memory of every good deed will be the sublimest of pleasures, as our tradition speaks of the world to come.
But your memory will also be open to all the things of which you are ashamed. They cannot be rationalized away or dismissed.
You will be facing yourself, fully aware of the consequences of all your deeds. We all know the terrible shame and humiliation experienced when one is caught in the act of doing something wrong. Imagine being caught by one’s own memory with no place to escape. This indeed, may be what Daniel is alluding to when he says (Dan. 12:2), “And many of them that sleep in the dust shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to reproach and everlasting shame.”
According to Penrose and Hameroff and their theory of orchestrated objective reduction (Orch OR), consciousness is an intrinsic characteristic of the action of a non-computable universe and, therefore, it occurs in living beings with complex neural structures.
Consciousness would be a quantum interaction facilitated by cellular structures: the microtubules of the centrioles of neurons.
The coherent quantum activity between the microtubules of our brain is what allows us to amplify or strengthen the universal consciousness that surrounds us and with which we are permanently connected thanks to these organelles.
The action of this quantum consciousness would also operate at a distance, through quantum entanglement, and through vibrations. It is the old belief that all living beings are interconnected at all levels, material, biological, at deep levels of consciousness.
Hameroff affirms that when the heart stops beating and we run out of the blood supply that feeds the cells, the microtubules lose their quantum state: but the quantum information in the microtubules is not destroyed; it cannot be destroyed; it is simply distributed and dissipated throughout the Universe.
The soul or the quantum consciousness that inhabits a body, upon death, returns to this state of quantum entanglement with the rest of the particles of the Universe.
This would be what would happen in a near death experience. If for some reason the patient can be resuscitated, this quantum information in which we are immersed can return to the microtubules. However, if the patient dies, this quantum information that exists outside the body indefinitely, like a soul, stays in quantum space, that is, in the Universe.
And here we have that naked being, without a body, perhaps a swarm of indestructible microtubules that exist since the moment of the big-bang, in the source of all, before the origin of this universe.
What will they talk about? Perhaps there will not be possible questions, everything is exposed, transparent, and there is nothing that is not known.
Perhaps it will be pure silent bliss, a quiet light, which alters the water content of the organelles, and generates a quantum entanglement with the entire universe, a kind of harmonic, a vibration of strings, as the theorists of string theory believe.
From this point of view, death, the soul, immortality, are not terrifying.
Science is legitimizing ancient beliefs of human cultures. What Penrose and Hameroff say has been said by Kabbalists since the time of the prophets, or by the ARI and Aryeh Kaplan.
How did they always know?
Because they were strongly connected with that source of cosmic, quantum consciousness, and that server, that cloud (God is behind the clouds) sent them the data, which each one translated into their language, their paintings, their prophecies, their academic articles, his stories or her films.
We will not be an oblivion, we shall be an eternal memory.