Scientists have apparently found out where the human soul is located in the body! Yes we are serious. The human soul, does it really exist? Opinions differ, believers will say yes while others will refute it. However, we need people whom we sometimes dub as “experts” to come out with some pretty bizarre claims, and it’s not until others in the field call their bluff that things really start to make sense.
Point in case is that of a recent Yale University study that claims to have discovered the location of “self”, defined by them as the human soul, apparently somewhere near the eyes.
How to find the location of the soul?
This conclusion was reached after funded—yes, the public paid for this study through blood, sweat and tears—investigations of adults’ and children’s perception of where the soul was when shown images of cartoon characters. An object was placed on the image at various heights but always at a constant distance.
All volunteers were asked to define the point where the object was closest to the soul. Almost all of the adults picked the moment when the object was near the eyes. Children, usually around the age of four in the study, were torn between selecting when the marker was near the eyes or the head.
Humans are born with an innate knowledge of where something’s consciousness is!
In some of the pictures, the eyes were located on other areas of the body, separate from the brain. This clearly scientific method of evaluation pointed that humans are born with an innate knowledge of where something’s consciousness is. Obviously, this must mean the elusive soul is, indeed, seen through the window of the eyes.
Well, not so much. Other, more grounded experts have gently refuted the research, claiming Westerners are particularly fond of associating the eyes with consciousness, a process generated through learning how to read people’s expressions in social situations. If the study group had been more diverse, consisting of different cultures as well as different age groups, the results might have been more varied.
Robert Burton, a well-known author and neurologist, points out that because an equal number of four-year-olds indicated a head without eyes as a center of “self”, something must happen psychologically during maturation that brings about the mindset of eyes being more self-oriented than just the head. In Burton’s professional opinion, that change is simply learning how to respond to body signals, that is, the eyes are one of the most telling features.
Not only are the eyes expressive, but the part of the brain scientifically considered to be where a sense of self originates from is actually located behind the eyes. Because we do not currently have the ability to ask a species whose eyes are not in close proximity to its brain where it feels its soul is, we must go on the assumption that no one should really care enough to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars researching it.
If we have a soul, or a sense of self that is apart from just a specific firing of brain neurons, perhaps it should be left un-located so that mankind can’t screw with it like we have everything else. What do you think?..