flawedprefect wrote:I am interested in what other atheists think about the existence of the "soul".
If matter can neither be destroyed, nor created (II believe this is one of the fundamental principles behind Einstein's theory of relativity) does that mean that all matter is eternal? Can the soul be quantified as a unit of molecular, atomic, or sub-atomic substance?
While I do not believe in a Heaven or Hell as a suppository for the amalgamated collection of all human souls throughout history, I do have some thoughts on reincarnation, and the breaking down of the soul much like the breaking down of human tissue after death.
It is one of the mysteries that I ponder on as an Atheist, as I read much about how the entire make up of our bodies is renewed over time - we eat food; we digest food; it is broken down into molecules to help repair and replicate DNA strands and cells while older ones are shed and excreted. Yet we feel as though we see through the same set of eyes for a lifetime; keep a record of our memories; learn and basically feel contained by this body.
I sometimes wonder if our soul can be likened to the surface tension around a water drop - we know that drop is made of millions of molecules of water, but they are held inside a form adhering to the laws of the conservation of energy, until an outside force rends them apart... yet the molecules themselves exist forever, and then may reform later as another water drop - but not necessarily all the same molecules.
Am I getting a bit too Zen here? Well rub my belly and call me Buddha...
Interested if others here think about the soul, or if you're content to just say "we're dust, and that's it".
Of course, neither can be tested empirically.
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