nesgirl wrote:on't insult people who have handicaps.
Relax. I wasn't insulting anyone. I was saying that the idea that the soul is merely humanity's unique level of intelligence and sentience leads to implications that no one really wants to think about.
Anyone who thinks that I was insulting mentally deficient persons out of spite or hatred or ignorance is not paying attention.
HAGART wrote:But now think about this! The brain was not transplanted as a whole from a single donor, but it too is made of many parts. The amygdala from one person, the hippocampus from another. The prefrontal cortex and pituitary gland all from different people.
Yeah, I've thought about that and it truly is fascinating. I think it goes along with the whole idea about the illusion of "the self." If you were to do something like this, a wholly different and unique individual would be produced. There really is no such thing as the "self." Every single moment that passes results in the creation of a being completely separate from the being that you were in the previous moment. It's maddening, if you think about it.
HAGART wrote:You have a one track mind, Nesgirl, and I never mentioned the transplanting of the reproductive organs. I was going to leave that up to everyone's imagination, but it was implied that they too would be transplanted intact. Of course if you choose, you could remove them if it's how you want to envision the thought experiment.
Finally someone said it.
HAGART wrote:(Another interesting thing to consider is the phenomenon of "Memory Transplant". Many people who get organ transplants change their behavior. I don't know much about it and it could just be Urban Legend, but thought I'd mention it.)
Indeed. Another example of the absence of the self. Especially (since we are sexual beings) in the event of the removal or replacement of sexual organs. That
really changes everything
about a person.
If you've ever owned a male cat you know what I mean. They're these totally primitive, badass outlaws, hunting and killing things and leaving gory messes everywhere for you to clean up ... until you neuter them. Then they become these weakling, quiet little mouses that sallow around with their heads down, usually only getting up to eat from the milk dish you leave for them.
buildit wrote:Really, the idea of the soul growing in the body like an embryo and then embarking into the quantum realm is old news? I had no idea you had already come up with this idea. Could you share the other ideas you already have had so I don't duplicate any more of your work?
Calm down. I simply found it funny how you always call yourself an "out of the box" thinker.
I'm also desperately confused as to how you thought that I
was the one to come up with that idea. I don't believe in a soul, remember? Remember every single post I've made on this thread?
Yes, your ideas are old news. That's what most people who believe in a soul think, do you understand? I stated this in my original comment, but you seem to have skimmed over that detail. Anyway ... as far as all of that quantum theory nonsense, it sounds an awful lot like an excuse, and a lame one. You could quite literally use quantum theory as an excuse for all sorts of nonexistent things.