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  • Yes I do belive that people have souls thanks to religious reasons.

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  • I feel that I have one, therefore I do.

    25 37.88%
  • I think a soul is something which is just made up.

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    but if you believe everyone has a soul and you use soul to mean self aware, and not everyone is self aware are you saying everyone whose not self aware has no soul and therefore evil?

    and when i use the word soul i do mean what you mean but it doesn't mean I'm saying someone is self aware, actually I don't think I use soul in serious conversation ever.
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    that is all

    i dunno what else to say so

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    Denying you 'have a soul' is pretty much equivalent to saying 'I am dead'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    Denying you 'have a soul' is pretty much equivalent to saying 'I am dead'.
    This completely depends on what views you hold. Who has proof?

    I feel like I have one, but I don't know. I don't know anything for sure. Man, I'm stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curzon View Post
    five senses trigger emotions
    emotions trigger thought
    thought trigger other thought
    and it goes on

    what trigger emotions i guess are hormones / chemicals
    (god damm i should have studied at school a bit more)
    supposedly your thoughts trigger your emotions, which is why cognitive therapy is supposed to change the way you think about things, therefore the way you feel about them (when those feelings are chronic problems).

    Do I have a soul? I don't know, and I can't say whether I believe I do or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    but if you believe everyone has a soul and you use soul to mean self aware, and not everyone is self aware are you saying everyone whose not self aware has no soul and therefore evil?
    Everyone has a self on at least the level of basic awareness, and any form of awareness involves a tension within the self, as well as between the self and the world. This tension is what we call desire, and to have desire puts you in the ethical realm in the sense that your desire describes your values. Since at this point you've made moral choices, I can hold you accountable for them. Prior to that point, however, you're just a blind force of nature. You may cause me harm and you may cause me good, but I can't judge you because you have no self to judge. I can only call you an obstacle or an aid, unless I personify you (as the ancients did natural disasters).
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    maybe thats what i am.
    In no likes experiment.

    that is all

    i dunno what else to say so

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    Denying you 'have a soul' is pretty much equivalent to saying 'I am dead'.
    *nod nod*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    Denying you 'have a soul' is pretty much equivalent to saying 'I am dead'.
    Not according to every definition of ‘soul’- and in reading this thread, there seem to be a lot of different definitions flying around. There hasn’t been a clear definition established here to work with and I think it's causing some confusion. Webster’s dictionary alone lists 15 variations.


    Quote Originally Posted by Ragingkatsuki View Post
    I believe in the soul. Because that which is not part of matter must be part of something else. e.g. mind, emotions and senses
    Quote Originally Posted by Ragingkatsuki View Post
    If she doesn't believe in non-matter it's her choice (even though it's very clearly there).
    It actually makes sense to me- how the ‘non-matter’ is ‘very clearly there’. If ‘non-matter’ is referring to that which we sense as subjective experience (“mind, emotions, and sense”), then isn’t it kind of simplistic to dismiss ‘subjective experience’- as possibly not existing- just because there’s no objective criteria by which to qualify the information? I don’t need to ‘see’ pain, sadness, joy, surprise, anger, etc to acknowledge when I’m experiencing them.


    This says the point I’m trying to make better than I could paraphrase it. It’s from “The Politics of Experience” by R. D. Laing. He was a psychiatrist who actively spoke out against the tendency in psychiatry to objectify the human mind (i.e. to consider ‘thoughts’ nothing more than the product of some synapses firing).

    “Natural science knows nothing of the relation between behavior and experience. The nature of this relation is mysterious- in Marcel’s sense. That is to say, it is not an objective problem. There is no traditional logic to express it. There is no developed method of understanding its nature. But this relation is the copula of our science- if science means a form or knowledge adequate to its subject. The relationship between experience and behavior is the stone that the builders will reject at their peril. Without it the whole structure of our theory and practice must collapse.”
    Laing also said this about 'soul':
    “Many people used to believe that the ‘seat’ of the soul was somewhere in the brain. Since brains began to be opened up frequently, no one has seen ‘the soul.’ As a result of this and like revelations, many people do not now believe in the soul…..But as Kierkegaard remarked that one will never find consciousness by looking down the microscope at brain cells or anything else, so one will never find persons by studying persons as though they were only objects.”
    Edit: Also, I'm not sure how to answer the actual OP because there are too many definitions of soul to consider. I personally need something more specific than 'soul'.
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    Don't believe it exists. Sure its nice idea and all, but I've just never seen any compelling evidence pointing in the direction that it exists. All of your emotional and intellectual self-awareness stems from electro-chemical reactions that power the various processes of the human brain. (Which, truth be told, is insanely awesome, I mean, getting a bunch of meat tissues and chemicals to work together to make a sapient mind. Shit be crazy.)

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    Someone's soul is just the essence of who they are. Your soul is what remains on Earth, in the form of memories, ideas and feelings, when you are long gone. That's how I see it. So, yes. In that way, we all have a soul.
    There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.

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