Death is certainly an unpleasant event that causes us to grieve, to suffer pain, to fear the uncertainty that we don’t want to. It makes us feel uncomfortable and anxious. It eliminates an entire consciousness that used to be a real part of our living experiences.
So this is the real world.
The universe takes it back what it once gave.
Death leaves a scar to remind what we truly are!
Probably that is fair; Immortality doesn’t make sense either.
But pain is pain and as John Green said it demands to be felt.
The thoughts about what our beloved might have felt, not being able to share the pain and empathize with them drive more grief and feelings of detachment. It is true, a part of our minds, as being a social learner is always equipped with the information that world will someday end for us too, but that isn’t enough to stop us from freaking out about dying. We welcome ignorance to avoid a constant conflict between the living world experiences and those of unseen ones.
A lot has been said about the death, from ancient mythologies, sacred texts to war stories and poems of glory. In almost every culture, it is treated as the ultimate truth of life, experience larger than the human mind can capture, a mystery expected to be solved by none. However, advances and development of science have changed our core perception about every aspect of life and death too. We’re now capable of controlling the mortality rates from various disasters, fighting with non-curable diseases, prolonging the living and extending our control over dying. But nobody has defeated it yet, or at least for now.
We do understand the ultimate shut down in terms of biology but that quite doesn’t explain a pool of questions. Real explanation lies in terms of entropy and not being able to sustain an equilibrium with the environment. Now it is the job of statistical mechanics to find out the details. It does but not on the very fundamental level. It doesn’t find out a very core link that defines the ultimate moment. We probably know why and it is just a matter of time when we know how. What if the uncertainty of death is more of a quantum mechanical effect than we think?
Roger Penrose in his book, “The Emperor’s New Mind,” speculates a situation in which it would still be possible to not being able to completely predict the behavior of brain after knowing everything about it, simply because what we state as mind is also sum of existing anatomy of brain as well as quantum mechanical effect arising from the combination of billions of atoms. In light of this fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to assume that quantum mechanics might play an essential role when it comes to death. Medically, it is still not clear to define the exact moment when somebody dies, we always stick ourselves with post symptoms or pre-symptoms.
It might make a sense to attribute the missing understanding to quantum mechanics of consciousness. No wonder, quantum mechanical effects explain the liquidity of Helium and superconductivity at the macro level so as to say, there are things that can only be understood in terms of the bottom down physics so it might play an important role in human anatomy. It might as well explain the differences between mind and brain. Whatever the reality is, I believe that we’re not far from it and it won’t be a mystery forever.
Disclaimer: It is just a speculation and there are no references have been made.