It’s an age-old question – what happens to your mind and body after you die?
According to one US scientist – not much at all. In a recently resurfaced video from 2012, theoretical physicist Sean Carroll gave a talk on the matter.
The academic – an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute and Homewood Professor of Natural Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University – said that the ‘the laws of physics underlying everyday life are completely understood’.
That’s because there are no particles and forces that could contain the information in your brain after you die,’ he told an audience at The Amazing Meeting (TAM) 2012, in Nevada.
‘There is no way for that knowledge of who you are before you died to persist after the chemical reaction that defines your life comes to an end.
‘And I’m speaking really here about some extra material spirit that would somehow be you even after your body ceased to exist – that is not compatible with the laws of physics as we know it.