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    burningman is offline Senior Member Respected Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by Penguins
    Souls are probably something man uses to make them feel different or superior to animals like in all religons man believes themselves special (thats why most religous people don't believe in aliens) everyone likes to feel unique and special thats probably where the idea came from.
    THe eastern belief is that every living thing has a soul. After death, your soul is placed in another vesself when it is born, a dog, a deer of whatever. So souls might not be only for humans


    Mysterious, no?

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    nataku_0 is offline Senior Member Well Known
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    Quote Originally Posted by Penguins
    Souls are probably something man uses to make them feel different or superior to animals like in all religons man believes themselves special (thats why most religous people don't believe in aliens) everyone likes to feel unique and special thats probably where the idea came from.
    Right, because the fact that we talk, read, write, drive cars, cook, build skyscrapers, make computers, post on stoptazmo doesn't make us already different or superior to animals that we have to make up the idea of a soul, because we needed that extra boost of "special".

    And yes, I am superior to penguins too....and that fruit loops bird.

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    Masterful_Norg is offline Senior Member Regular
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    Metaphysical discussion has a way of branching out to cover every conceivable topic under the sun, which is why I like it so much.

    I think the question that comes before "do we have a soul" is "why are we concious"? (Yeah its related, but I'll probably get to it in l8r posts.)

    If you take the reductionist standpoint and view the brain as a form of wet and sticky computer, albeit a highly developed one, in addition to processing information and governing human decision making, what purpose is there for it to also grant us awareness of said decision making and our environment?

    Let's say that the brain was developed through process of evolution for the purpose of our physical survival. For what survival purpose then did the brain also become conscious? Why is it that all of our thinking and experiencing can't go on in the dark without any awareness. In otherwords, if the brain is just a complicated information delivery system, do we need to know that its delivering information if it'll continue to do so if we don't know that fact?

    Real Toucans are awesome BTW...

 

 
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