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Response to cbayer (Reply #37)

Sun May 11, 2014, 09:03 AM

38. Yes, I see why it could be tempting to believing in a soul

 

I thought the same thing, that the twin issue could be used as evidence for a metaphysical explanation for consciousness. I personally don't believe in such things.

Without knowing it, I think the soul issue creeps into discussions concerning consciousness, even among folks that don't really believe in souls.

Most people seem to think there is something that leaves the body after we die and that something can't ever return naturally. Maybe they don't believe it has an existence outside the body, but they believe there is something that dies, even if they don't think they believe in this something. It's hard to get away from the soul.

I take the extreme position and claim that there is no soul and when your body dies the processes that creates your consciousness shuts off. That in no way means that an adequately similar brain process couldn't return and create the same consciousness again.

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