Thursday, August 25, 2005

What's it like to be a disembodied spirit?

Since Dale posted something about the possibility of someday being able to create virtual people (computer programs) who are conscious, self-aware, real persons, I have been wanting to do some posts on the mind/body problem. I was just reading an old discussion I had on a message board, and I said something I thought was interesting to think about.

If we accept substance dualism--the view that the body and the soul are distinct substances that interact with one another, it would seem that the body is the window to the soul in the sense that it is through the physical senses that the soul is able to perceive. We have ears to hear, a nose to smell, skin to feel, eyes to see, and a tongue to taste.

Now let's say we die, and our soul survives the death of our bodies in a conscious state. Would we still be able to percieve sounds, smells, textures, flavours, and light? Would we be able to perceive anything at all physical if we had no physical instruments with which to perceive them?

Things that make you go "hmmmm..."

5 Comments:

At 8/25/2005 5:17 AM , Blogger Kelly said...

Doesn't the Bible state we get new, perfect bodies after we die? Hmm, I could be wrong about that.

 
At 8/25/2005 5:38 AM , Blogger ephphatha said...

Kelly, according to 1 Thessalonians 4:16, the resurrection happens at the second coming, so we'll be disembodied between death and resurrection.

 
At 9/03/2005 4:31 PM , Blogger daleliop said...

Do you think when we die, we could be in an unconscious state instead?

 
At 9/05/2005 5:20 AM , Blogger ephphatha said...

Yes, Dale, I think that's possible, though I don't think it's actual.

 
At 7/29/2006 12:11 AM , Blogger philip said...

ORANGE COUNTY ANAHEIM,CA 1995 WHAT I WAS DOING WHEN HOMELESS AND DOWN ON LIFE. I SHOUTED AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS IN HURT AND ANGER WITH ALL MY HEART AND SOUL I PUT INTO CURSING AGAINST GOD AND SAID THAT IF YOU WONT HELP ME THAN IM GOING TO CALL OUT TO THE DARK SIDE FOR HELP I WAS SAYING VERY UNUSUAL LANGUAGES CALLING FOR THE HELP OF THE DEVIL SUMMONING OF HIS POWER TO GO AFTER THE INDIVIDUALS THAT ROBBED ME ABOUT 2 WEEKS LATER I WAS FADING FASTLY ASLEEP ON THE GROUND WHEN NEXT THING THAT HAPPENED WAS ME BEING ELLVATED ABOUT 1 FOOT WHILE BEING FLAT ON MY BACK AND ALL MY LIFE FORCE WAS BEING REMOVED AS THIS FORCE WAS EITHER TRYING TO ENTER MY SOUL OR STEAL IT. PLEASE EMAIL ME ANY INFORMATION ABOUT DEAMON POSSESIONS OR EXCERSISMS

 

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