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  •  definition of a soul: (0+ / 0-)

    the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal. (online dictionary)

    I suggest that "soul" might be considered as: the whole of my personality and person that exists and changes dependent on my physical existence, but persists beyond it.

    It is the persistence that is generally problematic for folks and difficult (if not impossible) to measure scientifically. This is not evidence of non-existence.

    There seems to be a fair amount of anecdotal evidence/testimony that suggests persistence of personality.

    If you believe it.
    Is it possible to design an ethical experimental model to test it?

    Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good. ~ Romans 12:21

    by Mickquinas on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 08:28:12 AM PDT

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    •  That seems to be the common definition. (0+ / 0-)

      Personality traits and memories are stored in the brain, damaging the brain can change those, thus change my identity.  This is a problematic notion for the idea that my being can persist beyond my death, as things that won't even cause my death can drastically alter my being.  Even if some part of my self persisted beyond death, what possible reason would I have to believe that it would be 'me' in any important sense of the word?

      Aside from that, you're proposing that something does last beyond physical existence, even if it does change.  What evidence do you have to support that idea?

      Just to be clear, I've heard anecdotal evidence of alien abduction and flying alien craft.  I don't consider those stories good evidence for associated claims.

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