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    Quote Originally Posted by Riva View Post
    How would you define soul?
    Non-corporeal self, personal existential trace after physical/bodily death.

    I know that soul was identical to psyche, self or mind in the ancient world.
    All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.
    Chapter IV, p. 448. - Adam Smith, Book 3, The Wealth of Nations

    whether or not you credit psychoanalysis itself, the fact remains that we all must, to the greatest extent possible, understand one another's minds as our own; the very survival of humanity has always depended on it. - Open Culture

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiltyred View Post
    Some theories say that the soul does not incarnate until a certain period in gestation. That feels correct to me, just intuitively. Which is why I don't have a problem with first trimester abortions. I've never verbalized this before, but I also feel that if there is a God, and he wants a soul to incarnate, it will, so if there's an abortion, there will be a pregnancy elsewhere, or a pregnancy later, for that soul to incarnate in. In other words, that there are no mistakes. It's not a mistake to carry full term, and it's not a mistake to terminate a pregnancy. What's supposed to happen will happen, either way.
    At what point?

    Is it dictated by a specific cell division? Because that's what growth is during gestation. If it's a specific point, then the difference between a soul and not a soul is one cell division, is it not?

    I mean it's like "Ok, the fetus almost has a soul but not quite. It needs this final cell division to obtain it." Well why would that specific stage be so drastically significant if the entire rest of the process is gradual?

    How much sand is a pile? If I take one grain of sand away, does it stop being a pile?

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