A few hundred years ago discussing such things would have gotten one charged with blasphomy. It was thought that conciousness was not part of the body. We know now it's a process of the brain. If the brain is damaged our personality can change. A kind person can become evil. They can lose the ability to know right from wrong.
So, when the brain dies does consciousness (soul) die?
It is an interesting concept---where a soul would be if they were scientifically proven to exist- I mean, it would have to be of some sort of matter, therefore it would have weight.
I remember stumbling across a book in my old high school library about some guy hundreds of years ago (maybe less) who would go around to people on their deathbeds and weigh them before they died and after they died (and as they died). He came up with the idea that the soul would weigh a couple of ounces (based on the religious idea that the soul left the body when a person died).
He didn't factor in possible other things, like the relaxation of bladder muscles releasing fluids (a couple of ounces worth would be very likely), but it was a fascinating idea nonetheless.
I find it fascinating. Most people believe we have a soul based information given to us from a 2000 year old book. Science has mapped the brain and has an understanding of consciousness. We know damage to certain parts of the brain causes distinct changes to personality. What do they think the soul is if it's not consciousness?
When you talk about consciousness, IMO it's important to distinguish the difference between being conscious/unconscious and consciousness itself. Scientists know very little about the mind or consciousness. They see results of activity but still don't know what fires that activity along neural pathways. I could agree that consciousness and soul might be closely related in some way and that DNA has memory. This could also be related to reincarnation and why we remember things that did not happen in our lifetime but don't know why (deja vu)
First of all you must know what is soul? Soul is light or you can say energy. Energy cannot be destroyed but it can change it's form. So your first question's answer is "Yes Science has the ability to find soul but as it don't know it's definition so it not yet found it. And your last line question's answer: "Energy never dies to Soul never dies and brain is just a processing units to solve Logics and to act according to logics while soul has no logics, no time and space limitations.
Dear samadaslam, your claim is not untrue... actually it's partly true. God may be proved to exist in this way... I did it on HP long ago. With open mind... soul, the way it's mostly interpreted to exist is not true at all. When we die that's the end of life. The concept of life after death supported in the light of existence of soul in form of energy... as the believers put it... is beyond my logic.
Andycool while rejecting my answer you accepted my point of view. Yes it's beyond you logic as this world in not based on your logic. What is logic? Just a predefined rules or set of instructions (a program) in you mind. Who told you 2+2 = 4???? Did God came to earth to tell you this? It's nothing but a rule defined by a human. So dear logic are defined by man and Universe is designed by God who don't even bother for your logic.
First calm down dear samadaslam... because nobody cares for your anger except you. I wrote a hub on what you may like to point out in the name of logic. Go and read it and then try to evaluate my intellectual level.
Dear Andy it's a forum and here everyone share his/her opinion so I never get angry at whatever I read here. I have made up my mind very broad so something good can get in. LOL.... I never say that my intellectual level or my knowledge level is so high or I'm qualified. You definitely may have better knowledge but in my last post I just said my point of view. I didn't mean to hit you etc so dear don't take anything personal here if you are here to share and learn.
It is light, and science has discovered it. It has thus measured it - what is the wavelength/frequency of the light we call soul? What is it's strength (lumens)? Where does it originate - what portion of the body is the photon emitter? How does it work? What is it made of?
What happens to the light after it is emitted? Is it simply absorbed by the surrounding cells or is it of sufficient energy/wavelength that the materials of the body are transparent to it and it leaves the body in all directions? Is each photon a separate soul or does God contain the light in a special force field until we die?
All valid questions, and if science has found this light we call soul I'm sure the answers are already there....
Consider the reverse of what your saying. If you're using a tool[the brain]and the tool breaks or is thrown out of whack,do you cease to exist?No.If the brain[actually the entire body]is the tool we use to experience the physical world,we should accept that one day that tool will break or wear out. The answer to your question can only come at death.It seems to boil down to this;When we die one of two things will happen.Everything stops or something else happens.It would be interesting to see what that might be.
The New Testament says that man is made-up of body, soul and spirit. We all know what the body is, but the soul is the part of man that makes day to day decisions and the spirit is the part that most people think of as the soul.
When the body/brain dies it becomes as they dust to dust. If one posits consciousness after death it must be of another dimension. Whether one believes or not may depend one's facility to experience this other dimension as a real possibility.
If the soul or spirit which is often believed to remain conscious after death retaining all the memories and personality of the person whilst alive, actually existed then: - Why do people often suffer personality change following brain damage? - How do people remain unconscious during a coma? - Why do those with mental disorders remain with mental disorders?
If this soul/spirit is so good at keeping one conscious after death retaining all the faculties, then why is it so ineffectual when the person is alive? Surely this soul should take over the functions of the brain whilst alive rendering the three cases above as of no effect.
According to the story, the soul is the breath of life. When the breath of life leaves you, that is the soul departing. Why do atheists insist on answering spiritual questions when they don't believe in it. We already know they don't believe.
Not concerned with modern theologic thought. They don't even realize that they aren't following Jesus. He went in the other direction, probably to put as much distance as possible between him and his "followers" There is more contained in that breath of life than mere air.
Indeed. However virtually all Christians I've met, pastors included, subscribe the separate entity. How many times have we heard people say that because we are made in the image of God we are spirit beings inside a physical body. Very unbiblical.
I was just thinking about "The Soul" just the other day. I haven't come to any conclusions though I was kinda thinking that ...
It is easier to say what the soul is not, than what it is.
A rose that has little fragrance has little soul. A frog that doesn't jump or a fish that doesn't swim. A loveless marrage. A day with no purpose. These are detrimental to the soul. They take it's breath away. When we find ourselves therel We don't want to stay.
It is the soul which we should keep strong, cause when our bodies get tired and can go no further ; it will be the soul which opens the door and goes through. Or NOT?
The movie Men in Black comes to mind. The jeweler was really a little alien driving a robotic human form. Maybe the soul is the energy that drives the brain. It would explain your question of accidents causing severe personality changes. If the equipment is damaged the operator has to learn to compensate. If areas within the brain are damaged beyond repair, there is no way for the energy to compensate but it can't go anywhere else. It's simply driving a totaled vehicle.
What are you laughing at? I read your posts. Debate...bait and switch...refusal to consider all points. That's your mo. It works well for you. I simply find more open minded discussions more productive..
It's been a cold rainy day here in Houston ... but I don't care I'mA cooking 15lb of pork ribs in the smoker; hoping some hungry somebody's come over for a cold beer and a game of pool. (though nobody's been invited).
When we were kids, my dad had us convinced we were so poor my mom saved the lint from his belly button and spun it into new thread to make our clothes. I don't know that I've ever found any lint there, but that's a good memory. I'm glad you posted that.
The soul, which most people speak about must be consciousness otherwise the soul by it's self would not have consciousness and therefor wouldn't be aware of it's self. Kind of like an amputated finger. Psychologists do know consciousness comes from the left hemisphere in most people by experimenting with split brained people. Does this mean we know the soul (consciousness) comes from the left hemisphere? I think so.
It makes me wonder how far humans would go to reach their "destiny" of unraveling the mysteries of the universe. When do we cross the Rubicon from being a biologic entity to a metallic/plastic one, and...
The eminent and prominent physicist, Stephen Hawkings avers, in an interview with a British magazine, that the human brain is nothing more than a computer, and when that computer malfunctions then stops...