Mind and Soul

1023 WordsJul 9, 20185 Pages
In the reading by Richard Swinburne, he evaluates the mortality of the soul and its interaction with the human body. His position is best described as attributing the soul to a light bulb, and the brain to a functioning socket: “If the socket (brain) is damaged or the current turned off, the light (soul) will not shine. So, too, the soul will function if it is plugged into a functioning brain. Destroy the brain […] and the soul will cease to function, remaining inert.” Given his position, Swinburne’s idea on the role of the mind and the soul, as well as the mortality of the soul are what I will be exploring. For Swinburne, the soul is essentially what our mind is. It is the part of us that analyzes information, thinks on it, and…show more content…
Now there is the mortality of the soul, given that Swinburne’s definition of the soul is similar to my definition of the mind I will focus on that. I believe the human mind passes form body to soul upon death. But what happens after that I do not know. I feel that our minds on this new plane of existence cannot be understood as they are on this plane. Therefore I cannot comment on the possibility that they are mortal or immortal. There might be some inherent change in how our minds work once this transition takes place that may alter its functionality so much that it is nothing like it used to be, and thereby the original mind may be considered deceased. Or it may be that we go on transitioning from state to state forever. Relating the mind to Swinburne’s views, he discusses the soul in terms of the laws of nature. In my opinion, I do not believe the above mentioned relationship follows the rules of nature as we understand them. We cannot say with certainty what the rules of nature are when discussing the soul, simply because the concept of it is such a complex one. Our minds are such complex things that we do not fully understand. Overall I tend to disagree with Swinburne on his ideas of the mortality of the soul and the relationship of the soul and body. In my belief, that we cannot definitively say the mind is mortal or immortal because it exists differently than the rest of our body. We can examine our hand, cut
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