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What happens when your soul leaves your body? posted 07 September 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat happens when your soul leaves your body? by Randal, Auditor


i'm under the impression that energy can't be destroyed, only converted to another kind of energy...is that correct?

if that's correct, where does my "energy" go? or does the body just stop "making" the energy?



What is your "energy"?

Your body, of course, contains lots of energy in it's mass. But it's quite obvious what happens to it. It decays, and is re-used in the world. Your worm-birdies-whatever scheme. As well as nutrition for the soil, of course.

However, I probably wouldn't define mind and personality as energy. Rather, as the way your energy is ordered and stored. Information contained in matter. And that information, your knowledge and personality, can be lost if the system that sustains it fails.

So, your body's "energy" remains, in different forms. But that's just the bits and pieces we're made of. What we see as the "self"; memory, personality, talents, desires... that just ceases to have meaning as soon as the body dies. Nothing remains to show it ever existed, save the memories of others and the things we wrought in life.

Anyway, that's how I see things.

If you start adding "souls" and other more esoteric terms to the discussion, things become a lot more complicated, and one can do little more than speculate, pure and simple. Suffice to say, the world makes more sense to me without them. view post


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