Death is among the few things that are considered captivating, thought-provoking and terrifying. Humans have always wondered what happens after death. When you think about it, you understand that two things are possible: either something or nothing. According to Dr. Stuart Hameroof, something happens after we die, and it includes consciousness.


The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word ”consciousness” as:

The state of being awake and being aware of your surroundings.
The awareness of one’s perception of something.
The awareness by the world and the mind itself.

Just like death, consciousness has been debated for many years. According to some scientists, it represents a result of the activity of the brain. However, others believe that external forces, like the God or the Universe, and internal aspects, such as: Spirit, Mind, Life-force, can contribute to one’s state of being.


Dr. Stuart Hameroff, who supervises the Center of Consciousness Studies, has spent more than 50 years studying consciousness, because it is related to the quantum mechanics.
Namely, quantum mechanics represents a basic theory in physics that characterizes nature at the smallest scale of energy levels of atoms and particles.


Quantum physicists are all confused by this double-slit experiment, which challenges natural law. In fact, in the experiment, photons, which represent light particles, go through 2 slits. According to the researchers, these photons form a pattern on a wall.

When the physicists tried to find out which photon goes though which slit using an observation device, such as a detector, they were not able to notice any pattern. This means that the human observation modifies the pattern. The predicted pattern does not produce any pattern.

According to Anil Ananthaswamy, the light photons should go though one slit or another, thus creating two parallel bands onto a screen. However, the light reflects into interchangeable bands of dark and light. He added that the double-slit experiment may be holding more than they ever understood about the nature of reality.


The Universe and the human mind have two things in common – scientists do not know enough about both of them. But, both contain quantum vibrations. However, they think that there is a strong relation between the Universe and the human mind.


In 1996, Roger Penrose, a physicist and mathematician, and Dr. Hameroof, came up with the theory of orchestrated objective reduction of consciousness, also known as the Orch-OR theory.

According to this theory, consciousness comes from the microtubules, small protein structures in the brain. Psychologically, these microtubules represent conveyor belts of the brain cells that are carrying material and cellular resources. In addition, microtubules play a vital role in structuring and separating the brain cells.

Microtubules have quantum energy. Namely, the origin of the consciousness indicates the nature of our existence, our place in the Universe. Dr. Hameroff and Penrose explained that consciousness comes from the quantum vibrations in the microtubules and the protein polymers in the brain neurons, which have synaptic and neuron functions and connect the processes of the brain to the processes of the proto-conscious quantum reality.


The law of energy conservation states that energy cannot be created or destroyed. Dr. Hameroff supposes that if our consciousness is made of quantum energy in microtubules and the energy that cannot be destroyed has to go somewhere after we die. This means that after death, the quantum energy that makes our consciousness is released in the Universe. However, it can change its form.

Quantum energy represents a constitutional element of the Universe. There is quantum energy within us, too.
So, are we a creation of the Universe? Do we ‘go home’ after we shed our bodily form, as Penrose and Dr. Hameroff claim? Think about it.