Mind Body & Soul Essay

949 Words Apr 11th, 2001 4 Pages
Everyone has their own opinions and beliefs and can interpret information as they see fit. Both Bertrand Rusell and Richard Swinburne have expressed their views on the topics of the mind soul and the after life. These are very complex areas of science and have their own ideas of what the mind and soul are and what there purposes are. Russell discussed the finality of Death. He argues that there cannot be life after death and that after the destruction of our body's that our memories and personality are destroyed as well. He discusses the importance of fear when dealing with death. He states that this is the strongest emotion and he also states that it is instinctive and biological and that it is useful. He thinks that if we truly …show more content…
If you plug the bulb into the socket and turn the current on, the light will shine. If the light is damaged or the current turned off, the light will not shine." According to Swinburne if the soul does not function when the brain is active, or when we are in deep sleep how could it possibly function after death? The question Swinburne asks since the brain stops functioning at death can it start to function after death, and if so how much of it is intact? This leads him to speak about the act of transplanting the brain to an empty skull. He wonders if the person's personality would be transmitted after the change. He speculates that if you died and your body was frozen and your brain was to be placed back in its original place would you be the same? Would your memories still be there? I believe that if you do take someone's brain and place it into somebody else's skull some of the personality would come through but there might be traces of the previous brain. Or then again everything might be intact. It is hard to say what the outcome might be. With today's modern technology anything and everything is possible. Some people might view this act as reincarnation. The only difference is that technology was used. To some this is an unnatural scary though. It would seam odd and impossible to freeze someone for 50

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