Originally Posted by inkmaster
I heard that the mayo clinic has been dealing with this 21.3 gram study for many years! I am interested in knowing the answer to the question about if the weight leaves does it again return if brought back? I was dead for three magic minutes, flat lined and I will tell you that leaving the body was painless, upon return It felt like the falling dream reentering the body, then I sat up and looked at the ambulance parametic and he said welcome back! But that is another story in it self! I can remember the exp. clearly and I am interested in hearing from anyone whom has info about the weight of the soul!
There is a man called Steward Hameroff who is an anesthetist. He also heads the University of Arizona's consciousness centre. These two fields of study are not necessarily related, but he is interested in the same types of questions you are asking. He has attempted to bridge the gap between physics and metaphysics in the form of a quantum theory of consciousness.
The problem for a long time has been the metaphysical divide that separates physics from metaphysics in this area. The amounts to saying that there is no weight to the soul. This is because the soul is not physical stuff in the same way that a body is physical stuff.
This is where the debate would be stuck except that Hameroff has come up with a type of scientific explanation as to what happens to the soul when we die. Hameroff would actually call the soul "quantum information".
Basically he he saying that the brain functions like a quantum computer and when we die this quantum information 'leaks' back into the 'external' quantum environment.
There are a number of problems to overcome with his theory and it is naturally considered to be 'fringe' science. Not least of all the problem that the 'quantum environment' needing to exhibit a form of consciousness as well.
I would see this as interesting if it can be demonstrated that quantum information actually has some weight. This would serve to overcome the idea that mental stuff and physical stuff are different types of substances. That, is the generally accepted idea that physical stuff (brain) has weight while mental stuff has no weight.