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Posted by Mario Dovalina on June 11, 2002 20:55:46 UTC

"I do not believe a soul is nessesary for consciousness"

Then why do we need one? It seems like an unneccesary artifact if it's unneeded for life, consciousness, emotion, etc.

"We obviously have something way different from animals. I don't think you will disagree with this. The way we form societies, interact with eachother, and have a knowledge of right and wrong, is completely different from animals."

No it's not. Again, it's just a matter of degree. The biggest advantage we have over animals is communication that we use to better orchestrate our rules, but animals DO have societies, implicit rules, group cooperation, and rudimentary ideas of right and wrong. Wolves will care for their sick and infirmed. Dolphins will work together to take down a shark that threatens their pod. A mother killdeer will pretend to be injured to lure predators away from her nest. It's not completely different. We just have a more complex society to impart our values.

If a baby were born off in the forest (and miraculously survived), and learned no societal values or concepts of right and wrong, would you say he would have a soul? There have been cases where this has occured (a child grows up in the wilderness and is essentially a wild animal when found)Are you assigning souls based purely on behavior?

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