Do animals have souls What do you think shows the presence of a soul

October 14, 2018, 2:15 pm

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The debate "Do animals have souls What do you think shows the presence of a soul" was started by crazybirdlady on October 14, 2018, 2:15 pm. 38 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 11 people are on the disagree side. That might be enough to see the common perception. It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.

crazybirdlady posted 1 argument, magicess posted 1 argument to the agreers part.

vikash2306, magicess, wth64828, NitinTher, crispsandchips, US7, Daisythecat, Debatedaddy, TD, InfinityMachine, district10 and 27 visitors agree.
11 visitors disagree.

The soul is what defines us. It shows how we are different to one another. If we have them, why can't they? It defines them from one another.

1 year, 9 months ago
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Perhaps it's best to think of the soul as energy in accordance to this law inspired by science: "energy cannot be created or destroyed." After a person or living thing dies, it has to go somewhere does it?

There is is just one problem, we couldn't prove such energies exist between human beings or animals. Therefore, with our current means of measurements or technology, we can't measure such "soul" at the moment, or have conclusive evidence about it. But just because we lack evidence of something, doesn't mean evidence of absence.

1 year, 10 months ago

I do beleive in free will, and animals also make choices it seems unlikely that they have no form of it themselves. So what would your reason be? and what do you think determines the existence of a soul?

1 year, 10 months ago
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if you believe in freewill i can prove you soul existence but in humans am not sure in animals

1 year, 10 months ago

yeah, I love thinking about this one because it is so indefinable there is no wrong or right. for me I don't really know where it begins I can tell you if it thinks it's conscious, so consciousness only really cancels out jellyfish.

one of the topics that scientists often agree determines intelligence is the mirror test, but ants pass it with ease while only around half of chimpanzees succeed. I think the most fascinating part of this debate is seeing where the line will be drawn.

and alas for me it's personality if an animal has a personality it's brain clearly functions to the point of being an individual. I have many pets and some have personalities while some do not. So I've always considered the very action of saying an animal is sweet means that animal is more that primal inpulses.

1 year, 10 months ago

I'm not particularly religious, so I dont believe in a literal soul, but if I had to make an analogy, I would consider it sentience/consciousness. as to whether animals have it, my answer is some.

insects, similar animals, and lower life forms I believe do not. I dont think a spider understands the aerodynamics of its web, I think they act on instinct, or more like react.

reptile, fish and amphibians I do not know. border line, possibly a grey area, maybe a variety.

mammals and birds i believe do. they have the prefrontal cortex that generates higher level thinking (birds have it in the back of their brain as a seperately evolved but similar functioning structure).

interestingly enough, cephalopods (squids) are surprisingly intelligent even tho their brains are completely different separating very early on in lifes evolution and following a COMPLETELY different path from top to bottom

1 year, 10 months ago

so I've always been interested if animals have souls? and what one could define as proof of a soul, I know that knowledge of good and evil isn't proof as Adam and Eve obtained that knowledge and weren't born with it. So, what would you say determines the presence of something more?

1 year, 10 months ago
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