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7. May 2010 11:21
by nickolay_kolev
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Souls and Evolution

7. May 2010 11:21 by nickolay_kolev | 18 Comments

There are lots of facts that are in favor of Darwin. If you follow the theory and the anthropologists’ findings you can see that the evolution is a good natural and logical explanation.

As any theory, to be a theory it needs to satisfy 3 conditions: to be verifiable, falsifiable and be able to predict future events or experiment results.

The theory has explained very well everything found so far. It is also very easy to falsify it - you only need to find a single fossil that doesn't belong the era the layer belonged to, where you dug it out and the theory will be declared false. So far it holds perfectly. ...

I haven't heard of any predictions that Darwin's theory has made, which kind of bothers me. But that is OK, I guess, since we are not so advanced yet in the field of human genome.

So, what is my problem with Darwin's theory then?

It is not exactly a problem, but more like a question, that the theory doesn't discuss. I just want to know how and at which moment of this evolution process we got souls.

If you look in the dictionary, soul is defined as "the actuating cause of an individual life". This sounds pretty important to me. Why is it not discussed by Darwin?

This question brings other questions too. Like do the animals and plants have souls? If the soul is "the actuating cause" to call something alive, it looks only logical to assume all living things have souls. This includes the cows, lions, snakes, lice, rabbits, petunia, grass and so on. You may say that the resulting conclusion that all these animals and plants have souls is a simple result of how we define soul, but still… Now, when we die, bodies (plants included) are recycled and all of the ingredients are released to enter the cycle again and become parts of other living things.

What happens to the soul?

One option would be that the soul disappears with the expiration of the body. Not very hope-giving option. This will confirm that we are after all, mortal. You will not find a single person on our planet that will like this. That is why we have created another option, more spiritual and mystical - the biblical explanation. According to it the soul returns to heaven or in general it joins all other souls, whenever and wherever they are.

This place for souls must be a very crowded, since the first living thing on Earth appeared some 6.5B years ago, and we also must have some very interesting creatures there. If every single living thing has a soul, then this is probably a place that keeps everything for the past 6.5B years.

Of course it is also possible that these souls never actually leave Earth (and Earth in fact is what we call or imagine being 'heaven'). Every time a soul needs to replace the body it lives in, a new person is born on our planet. If this is true, for human beings this means that the existing 6B people "represent" all the souls ever lived on earth.

This, of course assumes new souls can be created, not only recycled in new bodies, otherwise the human population would have stayed stable and constant during the years. Or in fact decreasing, since we kill each other and also get killed by accidents or other animals.

If this idea of souls renewing the bodies but stay on Earth were true, it would in fact explain the exponential increase of the human population. But this is not the goal of this discussion.

This idea of having all human souls live together at any given moment on Earth can also explain why some people look more stupid or act more barbarian then others. They simply are.

These are all some of the questions that rise when you mix evolution with soul. Is the soul a result of some lucky mutation that made us intelligent? Which of our ancestors had this lucky gene? Is this the reason Homo sapiens are the survival species and at the top of the food chain? Can we have intelligence without this “soul” gene?

If this is not a gene, then the only other option is to have something of higher intelligence that “gives” us the soul when we are born (well, not clear when exactly, just assuming the birth event). Then this would mean that we are ready to accept the soul, given to us by the super intelligence. This leads to the conclusion that we have to have abilities and properties to accept the soul. In other words, we have been made to receive the soul. Could this mean we have been designed to accept a soul? By the way, what would be the idea behind having a soul?

This sounds good, but there is one little problem. This higher intelligence has to be very busy assigning souls. On the other hand this might only look like a problem from a human-limited mind.

This post is, as I said, a question. I am not trying to defend Darwin or any other idea. I just wanted to put this out and hear what do you think.

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