Broca Memoirs 1877 / Wellcome Images

Broca Memoirs 1877 / Wellcome Images

Up until the 19th century, Western theologians thought the brain was where the Christian soul was. The brain was not divisible with separate areas for language or motor skills. It was symmetrical, a godly orb.

But by the 1860s science demonstrated localization — different brain areas for different functions. The brain was not a symmetrical orb at all.

Where is the soul?

9 Responses to “Soul”

  1. CQ writes:

    The soul is in the Mind.

  2. Mike writes:

    There is no soul.

  3. Emily writes:

    the soul is everwhere

  4. Julia O'C writes:

    If you take the comments of the first 3 people and put them together, you will have a little poem.

  5. Mike D writes:

    @Julia: awesome. 😀

  6. Monsieur Leborgne | Mindpop. writes:

    […] Monsieur Leborgne’s brain is on display in the Musée Dupuytren in Paris. More on localization… […]

  7. tracy writes:

    I have no idea where the soul is, but I do find pictures of the brain endlessly fascinating. Also, those discoveries that particular parts of the brain do particular things. It just seems so…fascinating.

  8. Erica writes:

    There is a passage in the book Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides in which a character who has a brain injury comes to the conclusion that there is no soul, only the brain, because of all the changes in his perception and thoughts after the injury. Then there is the idea in buddhism that your thoughts and feelings are just another aspect of your worldly life, and have nothing to do with your soul at all. I think that in the western world we are used to thinking of our minds as our souls. I’m not explaining this very well, but it rings true to me.

  9. Roy C. Stone JR writes:

    “You don’t have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily.” from The Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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