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Old 03-03-2012, 10:14 PM
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Question The Soul

Does it exist?
What characteristics does it have?
How & when does a soul get attached to a particular human body?
Has the soul a special place in the body, does it reside in the heart, the brain, the liver,...?
Are the souls of men & women different (why & in which way)?
Do animals have souls?
Do plants have souls?
Is the number of souls limited?
Can the soul be touched by sin?
What happens to the soul after the body has died?
Is the soul affected by the way a body is buried (correct, incorrect)?
Can a soul die?

[Edit] Forgot one question: Can to souls unite to become one soul (for instance when 2 people marry)?

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Old 03-03-2012, 10:17 PM
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Soul is all that exists.
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:24 PM
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Does it exist?
I, personally, think if the soul exists it is materialistic.
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What characteristics does it have?
IMO, probably made of atoms like everything else.
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How & when does a soul get attached to a particular human body?
The same way the rest of the flesh does.


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Has the soul a special place in the body, does it reside in the heart, the brain, the liver,...?
If the soul were spiritualistic and not materialistic, I'd say this is where I find the problem at... If it is not physical, then it cannot really be in a specific area.
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Are the souls of men & women different (why & in which way)?
Not in my opinion.
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Do animals have souls?
Do plants have souls?
Yes, we are animals why would others not have one And what about the couple billion years before humans became human, we were animals then too, did we just get souls after then

Yes to plants also.

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Is the number of souls limited?
Well, physical energy cannot be created or destroyed, in the same way matter can't, so it is limited to how much energy and mass exist in the universe.
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Can the soul be touched by sin?
No, there is no such thing as sin, IMO.
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What happens to the soul after the body has died?
The soul decays since it is made of atoms.
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Is the soul affected by the way a body is buried (correct, incorrect)?
No.
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Can a soul die?
It decays, like your body does, but technically the atoms are always around.
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:30 PM
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Why I don't understand the concept of a nonphysical soul:

It can't have a shape or size because it's nonphysical, thus an individual's soul exists practically everywhere at once, not just within you, so what makes it your soul?

What is not physical cannot be experienced (tasted, felt, seen, heard, smelled) by physical beings. Some people claim angels, God, or souls etc give them signs.

How can souls move if there is no exterior force controlling their movement. Newton's first law: What is in motion stays in motion until an exterior force stops it. What is at rest stays at rest until an exterior force makes it move.
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:46 PM
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Does it exist?
I don't know. What is it?
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:53 PM
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My Hindu Perspective:

Does it exist? YES
What characteristics does it have?It is Spirit, which means it is eternal, Conscious and innately Blissful
How & when does a soul get attached to a particular human body?At the beginning of creation, the souls are projected into the universe in order to give life to the simplest forms. When those bodies die, the souls leave the body and wait until a new and appropriate one is available (there is a parallel evolution of the Soul and life-forms)
Has the soul a special place in the body, does it reside in the heart, the brain, the liver,...?It is said to reside within the heart chakra and the heart chakra is of course in the heart's vicinity/area
Are the souls of men & women different (why & in which way)?No. All souls are the same, except for their evolutionary progress
Do animals have souls?Yes
Do plants have souls?Yes
Is the number of souls limited?No
Can the soul be touched by sin?No. As there is no such thing as sin. But is can be covered by ignorance, which is how they all start out
What happens to the soul after the body has died? It awaits a new body
Is the soul affected by the way a body is buried (correct, incorrect)?Nope
Can a soul die?No. It is eternal
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:32 AM
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Old 03-04-2012, 06:28 AM
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And they ask you, [O Muhammad], about the soul. Say, "The soul is of the affair of my Lord. And mankind have not been given of knowledge except a little." [17:85]

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Does it exist?
yes
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What characteristics does it have?
in islamic belief one of the characteristics of the soul is that it stretches and fills the whole body
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How & when does a soul get attached to a particular human body?
on the 120th day of the existence of the fetus
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Has the soul a special place in the body, does it reside in the heart, the brain, the liver,...?
it stretches and is in every part of the body, just as electricity is in every part of a wire.
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Are the souls of men & women different (why & in which way)?
good question, i don't know.
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Do animals have souls?
yes
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Do plants have souls?
no, there is a difference between something having a soul and being alive. in islam we believe all things are living except that only humans and animals have souls
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Is the number of souls limited?
in the body? yes
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Can the soul be touched by sin?
the soul if affected by the sins of the person. we believe that in a state of purity and without sin, the soul shines with light, the more sins it has the darker it gets.
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What happens to the soul after the body has died?
the angel of death takes it out from the body and then 2 angels come take it and ask a few questions and take it back to the grave where the body is untill the day of judgement when all are resurrected.
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Is the soul affected by the way a body is buried (correct, incorrect)?
no
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Can a soul die?
if God wishes to destroy it he can. if a bomb was dropped on someone head the soul would not die, it is not affected by anything in this materialistic life.

all the above is from an islamic perspective.
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Old 03-05-2012, 03:07 AM
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Does it exist?
Only as an observation principle of sentiency but I believe it cannot possibly exhibit any objective existence. It is, for want of a better word, the essence of subjectivity but is not an objective entity. It is as though the universe has stumbled on a means to be aware of its own existence just by merely creating every possible accident.
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What characteristics does it have?
An emergent property of heightened complexity
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How & when does a soul get attached to a particular human body?
It is not attached it is an observation principle which gives you an illusion you are the center of the universe.
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Has the soul a special place in the body, does it reside in the heart, the brain, the liver,...?
I think the brain in a collective sense because it is the most complex known object in the universe where sentiency becomes an emergent property, but any brain sufficiently complex enough could have just as easily generated your sense of self like for instance if your parents never met.
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Are the souls of men & women different (why & in which way)?
No difference whatsoever, because it is really only the one principle.
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Do animals have souls?
If they are sentient beings they probably do, but again "souls" plural is somewhat of a misnoma because all sentient beings are bound by the same principle.
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Do plants have souls?
No they are not sentient beings.
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Is the number of souls limited?
I think there only needs to be to one, the multiplicity of souls is just an illusion
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Can the soul be touched by sin?
No sin it as much of a fallacy as an objective soul.
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What happens to the soul after the body has died?
I think you will forget that you were ever born at all in the first place, so much so that the state of not being born and the state of being dead would be subjectively indistinguishable.
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Is the soul affected by the way a body is buried (correct, incorrect)?
Makes no difference whatsoever
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Can a soul die?
No because it does not exhibit any objective existence. It never exists as an object in the first place to die.
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Forgot one question: Can to souls unite to become one soul
It is all the same principle of subjectivity as the universe entered a critical phase of complexity so never really been ununited in the first place, only one soul necessary
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It is not attached it is an observation principle which gives you an illusion you are the center of the universe.
Isn't it the ego that does that?
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