I believe the “soul” (for lack of a better word) should start being explored by science and no longer be the proprietary of any religion or old ways of investigation.
The word “soul” might have significant connotation to religion and the fear from un-balancing the thin status quo, but I believe there is a great science and discoveries awaiting to be revealed through the ways of science exploration.
To clarify, the word “soul” is not only meant for humans, I believe every living thing has one and it might as well be the same. Neither do I think there is a “good soul” or “bad soul” as there is no good or bad in science.
I believe we are controlled by our gene, driving us from the simplest of tasks to the more elaborate. We eat, we sleep, we marry, we have children, the pattern alone signify control as you would see ants following a line.
But it seems to me there are two kind of controls,
One is direct, like the heart pumping without any real direct intention (although influenced).
The other is indirect, controlled by our feelings. We feel hungry so we might search for food. We feel pain so we might search ways to relieve it. We feel tired so we might go to rest or sleep.
The body could potentially just make the legs walk and put food into the mouth but instead, it makes the feeling of being hungry, intensified as food is more required.
I believe “our” decisions are governed by feelings but not only one. On any point in time we can feel tired, hungry, in love, curious, in pain, satisfied. Each with its own intensity. But our decisions based (in some simplified way) on these feelings. Our experience and information we get from the world while we try to maximize the total “good” feeling.
When looking at the indirect controlling mechanism, I think it is hard to avoid using the word “we” since “feelings” are so far from the act itself. But if so, who is “we”? Who am “I”?
This control mechanism seems somewhat familiar as an Engineer. Our body is very elaborate but does not seem to be “smart”. It does not make us tired so we will go to sleep. It does not seem to know the direct path for survival, so he might give us the control for the decisions. But this might only work if “we” only care about our feelings, which I think is true but hard to admit or grasp.
There is a new science in Engineering called “artificial intelligence”. In which, hardware can accomplish very human-like behavior like winning the Go champion. Some will say (and I can imagine), that in the future this technology can make hardware more intelligent more than humans. The question seems that if a “stupid” hardware can learn how to be better than humans, how that our body evolved to require “us” at all? Even if any soul is intertwined, why does our body give us such control over it, assuming it only cares about its own gene survival? Which I believe it does.
I do not know. But I think the “soul” claim is more than just “I am thinking, therefore I exist”. I think the clues are in the controlling mechanism along with other clues. The direct and specific impact of our actions based on our feelings and that the body generating our feelings but is not focused on only one, driving us for a specific action but existing many feeling In parallel. That might say something about how we and our body interact and give room for science exploration and great discoveries.
I thank you very much for your patience and would very much appreciate any thoughts.