Wednesday, 10 May 2017
We have discussed immortality here. In this post, I will try to summarize the subject.
reincarnating souls transcending intellect.
reincarnating souls identical with intellect.
The New Testament:
resurrected bodies reunited with nonreincarnating souls identical with intellect.
My education included both Christian doctrine and philosophical arguments for the immortality of souls. I discuss the philosophy of minds and brains here. I would once have said something like:
there is a qualitative difference between, on the one hand, rational processes and, on the other hand, mechanical interactions between particles with only the quantifiable properties of mass and volume;
therefore, reason occurs not in the brain but in an immaterial, therefore immortal, mind or soul interacting with the brain.
Such arguments were attempts to rationalize my education. We do not understand brains but we do know that cerebral processes are more and other than mechanical interactions. Organism-environment interactions generated consciousness. Action on environments involved thinking about them. Somehow the brain does it.