Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Hey folks. Good morning and welcome, once again, to my brain, which is, thankfully, up and running. For those of you who managed to follow my ramblings last week about the existence of the soul and consciousness (you have to scroll way down to "Back to the path" to get to that section), here's an interesting article showing that I'm (obviously) not the only person thinking about this stuff. After reading it a couple of times, it struck me that although science can likely determine when consciousness begins, it may not ever be able to verify when an earthly body becomes inhabited by a soul. There's another argument - does "soul" = "consciousness"? Or is the reality of a soul something more than what we think of as consciousness? Once you're brain-dead, does your soul move on, or is it stuck in the body until the body shuts down completely? That was one of the things that so troubled me about Terri Schiavo - was her soul trapped and unable to move on? Or was it still able to grow and develop and learn despite the weakness of her body?
Oh, and in case you're wondering, I ask these questions not only to occupy my own brain, but as a real stimulant to communication. If you have any thoughts or feelings on this subject, feel free to jump in.
Posted by andi at 8:27 AM