Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Imagination, memory, and a vital life force
The idea of the soul is bound up with the idea of a future life and our belief in a continued existence after death.
It’s said to be the ultimate animating principle by which we think and feel, but isn’t dependent on the body. Many infer its existence without scientific analysis or reflection.
Indeed, the mysteries of birth and death, the play of consciousness during dreams (or after a few martinis), and even the commonest mental operations – such as imagination and memory – suggest the existence of a vital life force – an élan vital – that exists independent of the body...