posted on Nov, 29 2012 @ 01:22 AM
reply to post by Hijinx
I've read about such studies before and recognise GUT's example. So I tried to think of an analogy and came up with trying to measure the
difference between an empty hard-drive and one that's been filled full of data - it doesn't work as nothing is ever added, it just moves data
around. When unplugged (dead), the disc (body) holds the same data (weight).
As an extension of that analogy, perhaps a soul would be more akin to the 'internet' being plugged in to a machine? In that case, there's I/O
traffic going on continuously and when the internet is disconnected we're left with the HD the same weight as ever. Simultaneously, the internet
continues to exist and includes at least some of the data inputted by the now *dead* computer.
Maybe book analogy works better? In that frame, we'd be like a book that has all the words removed and how could we weigh that difference?
Maybe an idea is to use super-colliders? You take a
volunteer who has little time left and install them in the interior of a
particle-accelerator. Then you monitor their life-signs until the familiar death-signature is written on the monitor screens. At that moment, you
blast the crap out of them and see what particles get pinged?! Yeah sure, the notional soul might be very pissed off at such white-coated pioneerism
and vision, but hey, it's all part of the soul's journey right?!
*If* we did find evidence for something like a 'soul,' it'd certainly shake us all up a little. We'd immediately have a dichotomous awareness
knowing that our organic senses are thinking one thing and knowing that something else is piggy-backing us and thinking something else. In a way, it
might be like split-brain patients
and their 24/7 knowledge of
the two hemispheres having distinctly different experiences of the same stimuli.
I'd suppose also that discovering evidence of a 'soul' wouldn't be proof of anything more than the existence of an energy of unknown intent and
origin. It wouldn't be *proof* of [pick a religion]. We'd have to use some extraordinary rendition to water-board one in the LHC until it spills the