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What is a soul?
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Posted 9/29/14 , edited 9/30/14
The soul of a living creature has been defined hundreds if not thousands of different ways by as many cultures the world over. To start this conversation of on a rather simple stage I won't use any particular cultures view on what a soul is, but I will provide the Oxford Dictionaries definition of a soul

1The spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal.

1.1A person’s moral or emotional nature or sense of identity:

1.2Emotional or intellectual energy or intensity, especially as revealed in a work of art or an artistic performance:
their interpretation lacked soul

2The essence or embodiment of a specified quality:


These are the very basic ideas and now I’d like you to share your definition of what a soul is and how it potentially influences our lives.

Edit: If you don't believe that a "soul" exists, define a what a "soul" could be in a fantasy setting.
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Posted 9/29/14
The difference between animate and inanimate.
More than that, I cannot say.
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Posted 9/29/14 , edited 10/26/14
I have no answer to this question for obvious reasons.
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Posted 9/30/14
I would HOPE that it's our conciousness that somehow lives on after our bodies are deceased.
Though sadly, I have no reason to believe it is the case.
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Posted 10/1/14
as Heidegger said:

the soul is part of the dasein of ourselves
the existence of this entity have a better definition than soul.

well if anyone intersted in this...We can talk
Posted 10/10/14
Its us. Past flesh and bone, our will and desire and motivation, the dream that is "us",but beyond that, its the butterfly (psyche) that rests within our carcass.
Posted 10/15/14 , edited 10/16/14

Zeboim wrote:

Its us. Past flesh and bone, our will and desire and motivation, the dream that is "us",but beyond that, its the butterfly (psyche) that rests within our carcass.


That.
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Posted 10/15/14
“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

In other words, a person becomes the thoughts they think all day long, everyday, every moment recorded into the subconscious.
These thoughts manifest themselves in the present and future as our physical reality.
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Posted 10/16/14
It is energy that gets released when you die.
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Posted 10/18/14
It is the footprint of our consciousness.
A reflection of our existence seen in the eyes of others and ourselves.

Self reflection is to analyse one's existence.

It is the combined effect of our existence in the universe. As soon as those effects die away, so does our soul.
For some, it never dies away, cause the effects of our existence live on in our children.


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Posted 10/19/14
If we are going to analyze the ideological concept of what a soul is we should first look to its creation and semantic value in the culture from which it was born. Living in Western society, most people will attribute the notion of a soul to Genesis in reference to the Septuagint's use of the Hebrew word Nephesh, meaning "life, vital breath" and refers to physical life rather than the metaphysical ideology that the English translation offers us with the use of the term "soul".

Going through history, there has been many ideologies to reference what defines being alive, and what makes our consciousness and ability to reason so unique as a species. Of course no one even knew that our brain is responsible for the vast complexities that humanity is able to ponder and reason with until the 19th century when Theodore Schwann introduced Cell Theory to the academic world. At any, rate, it has only been in the last 150 years that we have gained a primitive knowledge of how our brain works, mainly only understanding pure physiological responses rather than the causation that enables the entire process.

A soul is nothing more than a human ideology to define our consciousness. It is a reflection of people's ignorance and inability to comprehend the vast complexities that exist within our own physiological make-up. If anything, a soul the electric flow of a neuron that continually passes the action potentials that allow various neurotransmitters to inhibit or excite the following neuron/synapse - allowing us to experience diverse emotion, thought, which is then perceived and analyzed as "life".
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Posted 10/19/14
Your consciousness.
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Still_Ginger wrote:

I have no answer to this question for obvious reasons.


*Pats your shoulder*

Gingers have souls too...right?
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Posted 10/20/14

devouringdragons wrote:


Still_Ginger wrote:

I have no answer to this question for obvious reasons.


*Pats your shoulder*

Gingers have souls too...right?


We do not.
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