The Soul

The final question about the next life is what exactly passes on to a different new world. This is the mind, the world hologram. Thus another extraordinary implication of the new worldview is that the soul has a specific definition in the physics. And it becomes clear how the physical body is not exactly part of the self, which is why it is the whole of oneself that passes on to the new life.

The Self

Just as the world around me is only determinate where observed, the same is true of my body. As stated by prominent physicist Hans von Baeyer:

If I am the agent, the objective world is everything outside my mind―including other agents and even my own body. All of that I may, if I chose, treat quantum mechanically and describe by wavefunctions.

In other words, all of that is indeterminate except where observed, even including my own body.

This seems very strange, but this is exactly the result of the superposition of worlds. I exist in every possible body that gives rise to this mind. Therefore my superworld includes every possible variation of the body in which my mind exists. In all these worlds, the things I have observed about myself, the outer appearance, the inner traits and so on, are exactly the same. These observed attributes of myself have to be the same in all these worlds because they are defined by the record of observations, my mind itself. So, like the body of the butterfly, all these aspects of my body are determinate in the personal world. But everything else is the superposed sum of all the ways it could be. So things like the positions of small internal blood vessels are indeterminate, like the wings of the butterfly.

It means that in the personal world only the mind is real because the body is only real where it is defined by the mind. But how can I be just a mind? This makes more sense once we understand the nature and the importance of the ‘self-avatar’.

The Self-Avatar

Just as we build up knowledge about the world with our observations, we also build up knowledge about what we ourselves are like. This gives rise to the complete mental image of myself, built up from all the observations, looking in the mirror, noticing my preferences and so on. So this includes all the attributes of myself: the self-concept, who I think I am, the self-image, how I see myself, and the ‘body schema’, the mental map of where everything physically is and how it all works – proprioception.

All together this is the self-avatar, meaning the three-dimensional representation of myself at the centre of my world hologram. This self-avatar is what is symbolised by the me inside my head in the pictures in The World Hologram.

As with the rest of the world hologram, the self-avatar is a holographic field of information. Just as with the virtual-reality representation of the world, self-avatar is mentally projected out onto my physical body.

Objectively, of course, the body is exactly what we imagine, an ordinary object in the world. An object very special to its ‘user’. This is the highly complex and sophisticated biological structure that produces and houses the extraordinary mind. But subjectively, in the relative world, the determinacy of the body is completely defined by the self-avatar.

The meaning is highly significant. In my personal world, the mind is who I really am as a conscious individual. And this is exactly what effectively passes on to the next life. This is what makes sense of the new age phrase to ‘drop the body’.

The Spiritual Principles

So the great spiritual traditions going back thousands of years were right in so many ways. Prayer works because it is visualisation, and this promotes confirmation bias in the personal world. Karma operates because the conscious subject and their world are not separate entities, and unconscious expectations operate in the same way. The further great component of the fundamental spiritual principles is also demonstrated by the new physics. Not only are we effectively immortal, but we are headed for a heaven or a hell, and all of our own making. So in all these ways the great traditions were on the right track. But none of it is to do with the judgement of an almighty deity. This is simply how the universe operates.

The soul, karma, immortality and the power of intent are all real operational principles. Religions added a God to be worshipped and feared, but the great sages of antiquity simply acknowledged a single principle of cosmic law, what we now call science. As described here, the central spiritual principles are fully explained by the new physics taken at face value.

In passing on to the next life, what goes with you is the record of observations. This is the definition of who you actually are. This is the soul. In this life this includes the self-avatar of this body. In your next life you will rapidly acquire a new self-avatar corresponding to the definition of your next body.

In the jump to the next life continuity is a requirement, otherwise it would not be you in the new world. So you are likely to wake up a familiar type of body. It will have the same type of interface with the mind. It will have been made with a world hologram, yours in this case. So in this sense it will work in the way you are used to. That is the most likely form of the body in the next lifetime. Though how this is implemented in a neural network or even some other type of system is an open question.