by Tara MacIsaac
Wing contributed to this report
One San Francisco scientist who's spent decades contemplating the
conundrums of physics has turned his attention to the enigma of
Alan Ross Hugenot holds a
doctorate of science in mechanical engineering, and has had a
successful career in marine engineering, serving on committees that
write the ship-building standards for the United States.
He studied physics and
mechanical engineering at the Oregon Institute of Technology.
But also central to his work is the study of the afterlife following
a near-death experience (or
NDE) after a motorcycle accident in
his younger years.
"I did things using
Newtonian physics to create ships," he said, "but the whole
time, I knew better. There's this whole other world that our
five senses don't register."
He gave a talk on the
science of the afterlife at the International Association for
Near-Death Studies (IANDS)
2014 Conference in Newport Beach, California.
Dr. Alan Hugenot
discusses the science of the afterlife
IANDS 2014 Conference
Newport Beach, Calif.,
MacIsaac/The Epoch Times)
Exploring scientific theories related to this other world, Hugenot,
has wondered whether
the consciousness of living human beings, as well as
of the dead, reside in
dark matter or dark energy.
He has pondered the
implications of the power our consciousness seems to have over
Hugenot told of a near-death experience in the 1970s during
which he experienced part of this other world.
He found it,
"more real than this
These matters aren't only
intellectual curiosities for Hugenot:
they bear on a
profound experience that has changed his worldview...
Hugenot summarized some
theories in physics, interpreting how they may point to the
existence of a consciousness independent of the brain and to
the existence of an afterlife on another plane.
He noted that further
investigation would be needed to verify his postulates.
He also noted
challenges in trying to verify these ideas in a traditional
Could Exist in a "Cloud"
Hugenot said the human consciousness may function like the data
we store in the cloud. That data can be accessed from multiple
devices - your smartphone, your tablet, your desktop computer.
During a NDE, theorized Hugenot, the mind may be fleeing a dangerous
"flip the switch and
go to the other computer," he said.
"The nexus of my
consciousness is in my head, but the locus of my consciousness,
where is it really? It's outside my body. Because inside and
outside is an illusion."
(Illustration – Tom Wang/Shutterstock)
Space may not exist, or at least not in the way we commonly
understand it, he said, citing Dr. John Bell's non-locality
"[It's a] hard one to
get; we love our space," he joked.
Non-locality refers to,
the ability of two
objects to instantaneously know about each other's states, even
if they're separated by vast distances...
It is related to the
Particle A and
particle B interact, and thereafter remain mysteriously bonded.
When particle A
undergoes a change, particle B undergoes the same change.
A and B have, in many
ways, lost their individuality and behave as a single entity...
Bell's theorem has been verified by
many scientists over the years and is part of mainstream quantum
Hugenot's ideas about the
consciousness existing inside and outside of the
human body at the same time build on this theorem, but remain
outside the mainstream.
Afterlife in Dark Matter, or Maybe in Another Dimension?
What scientists have observed accounts for an estimated 4 percent of
Dark energy and dark
matter comprise the other 96 percent...
Scientists don't really
know what dark energy and matter are, and their existence is only
perceived because of the effects they appear to have on observable
"This undiscerned 96
percent of the universe... gives us plenty of room for both
consciousness and the afterlife to exist in."
Perhaps the consciousness
exists in another dimension, Hugenot said.
String theory, much discussed
in mainstream physics, holds that other dimensions exist beyond the
four-dimensional concept of the universe.
String theory views
the universe as a world of very thin, vibrating strings.
The strings are
thought to project from a lower-dimensional cosmos, one that is
simpler, flatter, and without gravity.
Why Ghosts Can
Go Through Walls - and You Can Too
Hugenot said that reaching another dimension could be a matter of
Maybe our bodies could
pass through walls if we really believed they could.
"My whole soul
believes in 3-D, so I can't go through the wall," he said.
He looked at some
experiments that have shown the power human consciousness has to
influence physical reality.
Light Can Be
Either a Particle or a Wave - Depending on Your Thoughts
Consciousness seems to have a
physical impact on matter.
double-slit experiment shocked
physicists when it showed that photons (light particles) act
differently when they are observed than when no one is watching.
Essentially, the observer can cause the photons to take either the
particle or the wave form by the very act of
measuring; they aren't fixed in one form as expected.
Particles exist as potential, Hugenot said, and the observer
determines what form they take.
He noted that the
influence of a researcher's mind on his or her experiment has
"If a skeptic wants
to replicate what a 'believer' found in their experiment, the
skeptic can't do it, because... [it's going to go] the way that
guy wants to see it and not the way the other guy wants to see
Hugenot asked, if
potential only takes form when observed,
who or what was the
the Big Bang...?
His answer is, simply,
Experiments show the Mind can Influence Electronic Devices
Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab (PEAR)
at Princeton University is famous for experiments it conducted
showing our minds may actually affect the operations of electronic
Over many years, PEAR
researchers conducted millions of experiments with hundreds of
A typical example of such
an experiment is as follows:
A random event
is an electronic device that can produce bits representing
either 0 or 1.
would try to influence the REG either way, toward 0 or toward 1.
If the events showed
a significant favor in the direction of the person's will above
what chance would dictate, it suggested the person's will
influenced the machine.
The cumulative finding
was that the human mind can slightly influence the machine.
Though the influence
was slight, the consistency was significant...
Over the course of so
many trials, the statistical power increased.
The probability of these
results happening by chance rather than by an influence of
the human mind is less than 1 in 1 billion...