NEUROSCIENCE & THE SOUL

The words Brain, Mind, Soul and Spirit are often used interchangeably. In most cases people have only a superficial understanding of these words and no concrete idea of their true nature. The search for the location of the human soul probably dates back to the awareness of such an entity. Termed atman by ancient Indian philosophers, psyche by the Greek and anima by the Romans, it has been considered resident within, but distinct from the human body. Several questions arise when considering the soul: Does the soul influence the body, mind and intellect? What happens to the soul during dreams, anaesthesia and trance-like states? What happens to it after the soul leaves the body? Where, in the body, does the soul reside? And is there any point in searching for the location of the soul? During my time studying and writing about Split Brain Surgery at the University of Cambridge.  l came across the inspiring work of Indian Neurosurgeon Dr. Sunil Pandya. Who believed the answer must be in a resounding YES. Why? because the efforts over millennia to determine the nature and discover the location of the soul have resulted in a better understanding of the wonderful structure and function of man and his place in the cosmos. You can access his wonderfully inspiring paper that blends Neuroscience, & Philosophy.

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