House Hesson Wrote:
Archer Wrote:Assuming a body could survive without a mind powering it.
"Mind" is the operation of the brain. It's the activity of a meat computer. If souls exist, they're still not necessary for a human or any other Earth animal to sense, think, and feel.
Under my system's theory of what souls are and what they're like, actually, what I'd most expect is that a partial or even full copy, having all of the same body-based attributes - memory, instincts, sensory limitations - would have to remain inside. We consider a soul to be the accumulation of such attributes, shedding biologically-impacted ones like instincts and gaining new ones from new experiences as it ages and outlasts any corporeal bodies it's attached to.
But I don't think anyone here can make an authoritative case for whether souls exist and, if they do, what they're like.
I don't believe in "soul" as an attribute of itself, as in the popular idea of an extra ingredient or part of an individual. To me "soul" is simply shorthand for those attributes of mind and consciousness that make an individual unique. As such, I believe that if an entity is sensing, thinking, feeling - then by definition it has "soul". On the other hand, then an entity without soul is necessarily one without consciousness/sapience/sentience - and as such, catatonic.
To think of mind as the activity of a meat computer, to me, contradicts my experiences as being an energy being who was conscious and aware even at times that I lacked connection to a physical body. It seems that other non-physical entities communicate and behave in ways that imply consciousness and will. This says to me one of two things:
1 - "mind" is not a function of "meat computer", for any reasonable definition/understanding of "mind"
2 - non-physical entities that appear to have will and be communicative are in fact very convincing, but mindless, simulcra
The first option seems more plausable to me. "Mind" appears to be an attribute associated with brains, but also with non-physical entities. As such I'd say it's an emergent property of certain complex systems, whether brain or not.