Sunday, May 7th, 2017
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE SOUL
Am I wrong or is it relatively easy to talk about the soul. If I say, “oh, that hurts my soul”, I think you get it. Or if I say, “Makes my soul dance”, you would probably also get it.
Talking about soul doesn’t seem to make as much of an immediate divide.
Mmmmm, now I’m curious. Was going to write about beauty but soul caught me.
I want to hear from you about soul.
Do you think you have one?
What is it?
Do you think everyone has one so less to argue about even though it’s a spiritual element?
Do our souls exist
Is it a lot easier to talk about soul than it is about the existence of God or life after death?
If so, is this a place to start looking for common ground?
Does soul play any part in good and bad?
Let’s play (some quotes)
—the soul is the incorporeal essence of a living being.
—Other religions (most notably Hinduism and Jainism) hold that all biological organisms have souls, as did Aristotle, while some teach that even non-biological entities (such as rivers and mountains) possess souls. The latter belief is called animism.
—Physicist Sean M. Carroll has written that the idea of a soul is in opposition to quantum field theory (QFT). He writes that for a soul to exist: “Not only is new physics required, but dramatically new physics. Within QFT, there can’t be a new collection of ‘spirit particles’ and ‘spirit forces’ that interact with our regular atoms, because we would have detected them in existing experiments.”
—In 1901 Duncan MacDougall made weight measurements of patients as they died. He claimed that there was weight loss of varying amounts at the time of death, he concluded the soul weighed 21 grams. The physicist Robert L. Parkhas written that MacDougall’s experiments “are not regarded today as having any scientific merit” and the psychologist Bruce Hood wrote that “because the weight loss was not reliable or replicable, his findings were unscientific.”
—Liah Greenfeld is the author of Mind, Modernity, Madness: The Impact of Culture on Human Experience
In this book she proves empirically the physical existence of the soul!!!
Here is where I start:
I feel like I have a soul. I don’t know it, I sense it.
I trust my own experience.
I don’t think my body lives after death.
My soul might. But what would it be like?
I used to laugh and say we will all be a bunch of soul blobs bouncing around in eternity like
unleashed helium balloons begging not to be put back in a body.
(PS–never talk about God or soul or life after death of theology with anyone who does not have a sense of humor!!!!)
Send me thoughts, quotes, experience, you know–stuff