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What is the soul/awareness?

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posted on Jul, 31 2006 @ 01:26 PM
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So, what is it? Can someone tell me what is awareness? Why does it exist in the body, and why does it belong to me?

What makes a person's soul different from others? Is it possible, that when I die as a really good person, I can reborn as a hostile one, in an other type of person?

Why is my soul mine, and not somebody else's

Thx.




posted on Jul, 31 2006 @ 02:56 PM
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Theres no such thing as a soul.. its simply a case of brain activity and your lifes experiences.. this makes you.. you.. or maybe not?



posted on Jul, 31 2006 @ 09:22 PM
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Your soul is what makes you YOU. There is no other like you. No personality and bent like you, no other with your specific gifts and tallents, your soul is the very breath of life given to you by your creator.

There are some things that we will never know, some things that our minds can not understand or comprehend. Even each and every snowflake in all time has been differnt and unique - we are special, needed and different - intentionaly.

You will not be reborn as another person, animal or anything else. When you die to this body, you will continue to live out your eternity - as YOU. This physical body is nothing compared to the glory of the body we will have for eternity.



posted on Aug, 1 2006 @ 09:19 AM
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Beautiful post. Seems, you know a lot more about this subject than you wrote.

But, someone told me that the soul is 4 dimensional, tranelling in time in any direction. Also, when a person dies, time stops. Does this mean, a soul can live without the existance of time?

I might be wrong... but a soul has its unique features that are not related to brain activity or the community surrounding us, why would a soul simply vanish or be not in use for millions of years after death?

Previously posted: can we bring back a soul from death by simply creating a gene adding a particular soul to the body? This would explain the endless life, living forever.

Can we alter the species of a soul? For example: can a soul learn and not forget things?



posted on Aug, 1 2006 @ 12:41 PM
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Time is the invention of man, so I believe that the soul does indeed exist without time.



posted on Aug, 1 2006 @ 04:11 PM
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There is no soul...we are perhaps nothing more than a computer program!
Now what runs the program or started it, I have no idea...maybe there is a large soul that plays you and is you, how would I know.


Point is, we are here now...so enjoy whatever it is you are doing...or not doing!

Peace

dalen



posted on Aug, 1 2006 @ 04:20 PM
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Everyone has a soul, as do all living creatures.
As String theory suggests, the existence of other dimensions (that we can't see with the human eye, but co-exist just the same with us), our souls (or "spirits" if you will) enter those dimensions after death.



posted on Aug, 1 2006 @ 04:22 PM
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Originally posted by Purgatory
Everyone has a soul, as do all living creatures.
As String theory suggests, the existence of other dimensions (that we can't see with the human eye, but co-exist just the same with us), our souls (or "spirits" if you will) enter those dimensions after death.


still doesnt prove i have a soul, or anyone else for that matter...what is it.
any body can make a document, shove it together, call it a holy relic and say believe it...show me the science, and I will believe.
perhaps...heheh



posted on Aug, 1 2006 @ 04:24 PM
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Originally posted by Thymus
So, what is it? Can someone tell me what is awareness? Why does it exist in the body, and why does it belong to me?


Well, it's not a "thing." It's more like a "state," like a waterfall. What we call a waterfall is actually a form created by all these various conditions - moving water, gravity, a precipice, etc. If you remove any of them from the equation, it stops being a waterfall. The soul is like that. It's a construct created by the interaction between all the electrical and chemical processes in your body as it reacts to its environment.



What makes a person's soul different from others?


Point-of-view. You're the only one who experiences your environment from your unique perspective.



Is it possible, that when I die as a really good person, I can reborn as a hostile one, in an other type of person?


No. When you die, the construct that is you, your point-of-view ceases to exist because one or more of the factors that create it are gone. You'll be dead. Without any awareness or means to be aware. You will not experience anything any more. The particular circumstances of your life will be gone, and won't be passed on to another body. Whatever energy is stored in the chemicals in your body will eventually drain away into the rest of the environment, so perhaps you will fertilize a carrot or something that someone will eat. But that's the only way a component of yourself will be transfered from one body to another.



Why is my soul mine, and not somebody else's.


Again, because no one shares your individual circumstances, so no one will ever be exposed to the exact same environmental factors as you. Your individual cells, even before you were born, grew in response to things only you were exposed to. Just like no two waterfalls are the same.



posted on Aug, 1 2006 @ 04:25 PM
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In a strange kind of way it makes you look forward to death so you can experience it.

I hope that heaven has broadband with ATS so i can report back



posted on Aug, 2 2006 @ 11:40 AM
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Originally posted by dAlen
There is no soul...we are perhaps nothing more than a computer program!
Now what runs the program or started it, I have no idea...maybe there is a large soul that plays you and is you, how would I know.


Point is, we are here now...so enjoy whatever it is you are doing...or not doing!

Peace
dalen


Would you mean, that there is some place where all the souls in the Universe exist, and the body (living creature) was made specially to have access to aa particular soul?

Does a living creature exist without a soul? I mean, rocks and dust doesn't really have a soul. But something purposely living, struggling for life, enjoying its benefits, and so on... does have a soul.

For a simple question.: what types of souls aare there? Is there any category?



posted on Aug, 2 2006 @ 11:58 AM
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Originally posted by Thymus
So, what is it? Can someone tell me what is awareness? Why does it exist in the body, and why does it belong to me?

What makes a person's soul different from others? Is it possible, that when I die as a really good person, I can reborn as a hostile one, in an other type of person?

Why is my soul mine, and not somebody else's

Thx.



I've read some interesting replies on this one. Very creative, & very "deep" thinking.....
However, some of the responses are too over analyzed, & too "scientific" based on medical "theories".

Here's the simplest answer I can think of to maybe explain it. (This is MY personal viewpoint... which will differ from other people's)

Your SOUL is YOU. That is the eternal being, or essence of you. More than just your conciousness, or awareness, but it IS connected to them.

When we 'die" physically, we just leave our physical body, & our soul continues. WHERE the soul ends up is entirely dependent on YOU.
(I'll try to refrain from "preaching" here, but there are 2 options for a person's soul)

There is no reincarnation, there is no eternal blackness/end of all exsistence or awareness. We WILL ultimately be accountable for our lives.


Not every living creature has a "soul". The soul is the sentient, self awareness aspect of a person. (Humans are the only species that are "self aware", meaning they "REALIZE" they are alive, & have free will, and are able to discern action/consequence... animals can't)

Yes, animals have the ability to "learn" and adapt to an extent... but they are not truly "self aware". Some also show signs of higher intelligence, or learning capacity, but nonetheless, they still act on INSTINCT, rather than reason.

So Your soul is unique. It belongs to YOU,.......

.......but don't carelessly dismiss the fate of it, by thininkg you can do whatever you want while you're alive, with no fear of consequence thereafter.



posted on Aug, 2 2006 @ 01:14 PM
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Originally posted by dAlen


still doesnt prove i have a soul, or anyone else for that matter...what is it.
any body can make a document, shove it together, call it a holy relic and say believe it...show me the science, and I will believe.
perhaps...heheh


you'll have to wait until you're dead.



posted on Aug, 2 2006 @ 01:37 PM
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Originally posted by dAlen

Originally posted by Purgatory
Everyone has a soul, as do all living creatures.
As String theory suggests, the existence of other dimensions (that we can't see with the human eye, but co-exist just the same with us), our souls (or "spirits" if you will) enter those dimensions after death.


still doesnt prove i have a soul, or anyone else for that matter...what is it.
any body can make a document, shove it together, call it a holy relic and say believe it...show me the science, and I will believe.
perhaps...heheh



Show you SCIENCE??? Why in the world would you believe or trust SCIENCE???

I mean, One week "science" discovers that Coffee is beneficial, & good for you. But the next week, "Coffee causes cancer".

Science not long ago said there were only 7 Planets in our solar system... but then discovered a couple more..... & then a couple more....

Why trust science?
LOL!

Science tried to tell me I came from Apes too.... but how come ALL the Apes didn't evolve? Why are there still Apes? Wouldn't they ALL want to become human?

Forget science!

(Yes this post was written with humor, & a playful attitude. -Cause sometimes you just have to have some fun!!!)






posted on Aug, 2 2006 @ 01:39 PM
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There has been scientific evidence of spirit activity proven on both audio and video tape, is that enough science for ya?
Then again, scientists fail to explain "How" such things occur, or where they come from, because science can't explain it.



posted on Aug, 2 2006 @ 02:33 PM
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Maybe you are a blank slate and you become what your are based on your bliefs and what other expect you to be from an early age. Maybe when you realize this you can branch farther out to do great works and wonders~!



posted on Aug, 2 2006 @ 02:49 PM
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Originally posted by Thymus
But, someone told me that the soul is 4 dimensional, tranelling in time in any direction. Also, when a person dies, time stops. Does this mean, a soul can live without the existance of time?


***Time doesn't 'stop' at death - it becomes eternal. Only we physical bodies need time as a measure. There is not time after death - it's ever lasting. The 4th demention is something that man can almost understand - the soul is much more than that, but it is a good way to begin to think about it - kind of being an invisible, eternal, no boundry kind of thing (with personality).


Originally posted by Thymus
I might be wrong... but a soul has its unique features that are not related to brain activity or the community surrounding us, why would a soul simply vanish or be not in use for millions of years after death?


***True, a soul is not all brain related. The brain is a physical organ for our physical bodies. The soul does not need a physical body, this body is very temporary, only to this life here. The soul does not vanish or stop after after death. I better point something out here real quick - and I almost hate to do it because it will make things more confusing. But it's important. There is a difference between spirit and soul. When I smell my baby brothers colone or hear him on the steps, when I feel him near and it makes me break out into the biggest goofy smile in the midst of grieving his death ... that is not his soul, that is his spirit. Both of which, are, in essance HIM. The physical body can be distroyed, but the person, personality goes on - forever. There will be a time again when we have 'bodies' - our bodies in fact, but they will be glorified for a different realm - not a physical one.


Originally posted by Thymus
Previously posted: can we bring back a soul from death by simply creating a gene adding a particular soul to the body? This would explain the endless life, living forever.

Can we alter the species of a soul? For example: can a soul learn and not forget things?


***Man has no control, cannot manipulate or create a soul. There is no altering of a soul. And only humans have souls, the animals do not. Science is still trying to pretend it don't believe in the soul or spirit, BECAUSE it can't work with and manipulate and test it. Kind of like the artist saying that water colors don't exist because they can use them. lol
Actualy, the greatest minds, the earliest ones - our founding fathers of science did know and believe and many began working to prove and establish some kind of scientific contact or manipulation. Ienstien, jefferson, edison



posted on Aug, 2 2006 @ 02:52 PM
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Originally posted by Purgatory
There has been scientific evidence of spirit activity proven on both audio and video tape, is that enough science for ya?
Then again, scientists fail to explain "How" such things occur, or where they come from, because science can't explain it.


There were other things too. The wieght of a soul - wieghing the person as he or she dies. Sould displacing air inside of chambers - others tried photography - I don't recall any of those making the scientific community look twice though.



posted on Aug, 2 2006 @ 02:56 PM
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Originally posted by AngelaLadyS

Originally posted by Thymus
But, someone told me that the soul is 4 dimensional, tranelling in time in any direction. Also, when a person dies, time stops. Does this mean, a soul can live without the existance of time?


***Time doesn't 'stop' at death - it becomes eternal. Only we physical bodies need time as a measure. There is not time after death - it's ever lasting. The 4th demention is something that man can almost understand - the soul is much more than that, but it is a good way to begin to think about it - kind of being an invisible, eternal, no boundry kind of thing (with personality).


Originally posted by Thymus
I might be wrong... but a soul has its unique features that are not related to brain activity or the community surrounding us, why would a soul simply vanish or be not in use for millions of years after death?


***True, a soul is not all brain related. The brain is a physical organ for our physical bodies. The soul does not need a physical body, this body is very temporary, only to this life here. The soul does not vanish or stop after after death. I better point something out here real quick - and I almost hate to do it because it will make things more confusing. But it's important. There is a difference between spirit and soul. When I smell my baby brothers colone or hear him on the steps, when I feel him near and it makes me break out into the biggest goofy smile in the midst of grieving his death ... that is not his soul, that is his spirit. Both of which, are, in essance HIM. The physical body can be distroyed, but the person, personality goes on - forever. There will be a time again when we have 'bodies' - our bodies in fact, but they will be glorified for a different realm - not a physical one.


Originally posted by Thymus
Previously posted: can we bring back a soul from death by simply creating a gene adding a particular soul to the body? This would explain the endless life, living forever.

Can we alter the species of a soul? For example: can a soul learn and not forget things?


***Man has no control, cannot manipulate or create a soul. There is no altering of a soul. And only humans have souls, the animals do not. Science is still trying to pretend it don't believe in the soul or spirit, BECAUSE it can't work with and manipulate and test it. Kind of like the artist saying that water colors don't exist because they can use them. lol
Actualy, the greatest minds, the earliest ones - our founding fathers of science did know and believe and many began working to prove and establish some kind of scientific contact or manipulation. Ienstien, jefferson, edison



Well said!

That was a fantastic explanation! I voted that post WATS!
Well thought out, & meaningful.

You did a ncie job showing the difference between soul/spirit/& brain activity....
WOOHOO!




posted on Aug, 2 2006 @ 02:57 PM
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Reincarnation- I wouldn't be so sure about that.

As for your Animal comment, you are completely incorrect. Animals are VERY self-aware, and do possess souls/spirits if you will. It's quite arrogant of you to think otherwise.

[edit on 2-8-2006 by Purgatory]







 
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