I have spent so many years putting my mind into solving puzzles in physics. However, after bringing a solution to the major problems in physics (such
as Dark Matter, the Grandfather Paradox, etc), I grew unsatisfied with the limits of the box, and so decided to put my mind into more audacious
pursuits. Such as, defying the mystery of Death.
I've already expressed my theory that the human soul may actually be neural activity leaving a footprint onto dark matter. Now, I've found a way the
human mind could literally achieve immortality. The best part is, it may already be occuring naturally.
Revising our approach
A method for surviving death has already been proposed on National Geographic - taking a mechanical snapshot of the brain upon its last moments, and
transferring the info on a storage device. However the method proposed was hardly practical, since it required you to be, well, dead. I sighed with
derision - the process was ridiculous, expensive and barbaric.
This is when I realised that there was a much more elegant solution - it was so obvious, staring us in the face: Quantum Entanglement.
Your mind already is "backed-up"
According to Quantum mechanics, all particles in existence have "quantum states". You can think of it as a signature of matter - particles all have
as special signature that define their behaviour.
Quantum Entanglement happens when two (or more) particles share the exact same quantum state (the same "signature"). These particles are so
synchronised that they behave the exact same way, no matter the distance between them.
What most people don't realise is that the universe has alot of particles. And there is only so much quantum states a particle may have. It's a bit
like when you throw a dozen dices - a couple of them are bound to be sixes. Throw a billion dices and a couple of them are bound to not only be sixes,
but their number are also bound to match each other as you throw them over and over.
Some random electron in the universe is most likely already entangled with an electron in your neurones, the two sharing the same state over and over.
Now, figuring the state of one particle will allow you to guess the property of the other particle. However, and this is paramount, destroying one of
the particles doesn't imply that the other will cease to exist*.
*(proof of this statement: consider two entangled electrons. They share the same spin direction. One wavefunction applies for both. One of the
electrons runs into a positron and gets annihilated - the other electron will simply keep on existing, with the same spin direction. The one
wavefunction will still apply to it. )
Do you realise what that means? All the particles in your neurones are most probably already backed up, and the back up will survive the death of the
The only trouble is, particles are pretty random. When you throw dices, those that get the same number won't necessarily be next to one another. Two
particles in my neurones (don't worry, I have more than two) might be right next to each other here, but their entangled backup are most probably in
some very random places in the universe - with one in, say, the Andromeda galaxy and the other in some faraway quasar.
The true challenge
If a way could be found to force particles to entangle with those in your brain, which for now we can't (we can only create
particles), then it'd be in theory possible to physically backup its state onto a storage system, and your backup would exist regardless of your
distance from it.
A possible method would be to find special electromagnetic radiations emitted by particles from your brain, and reverse them into backup particles
using particle production, a process which is already practised using lasers shot unto massive gold atoms so to create particles.
Another possible method would be to hunt for particles in nature which act like your backup and gather them up; however although it'd make a good
sci-fi plot (full of traveling and adventures and stuff), it would hardly be realistically possible to achieve. An alternative would be to generate a
pure, concentrated chaos of particles, so to cover the widest range of states possible, and hunt for the entangled particles there.
So, good news is, we probably already are somewhat immortal, our backup scattered across the cosmos. Bad news is, we're probably going to have a hard
time reproducing the phenomenon in an useful fashion.
At Time's End,