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Soul-Searching

Soul-Searching: the frustrating search for something we assume to exist, but cannot find

I think I am correct when I claim that most people once in a while think of the soul and accept the concept that all living beings must have one. There is, however, no single organ or anatomical structure in any species that could be identified as the seat of the soul (even if René Descartes, the famous 17th-century French mathematician and philosopher, had thought he’d found it in the pineal gland of the brain). Since he was wrong and all others searching for the physical manifestation of the soul were unsuccessful, we, therefore, have to conclude that, if present at all, the soul must pervade an animal’s body totally. —>—>