Wednesday, March 08, 2006

(70) Fighting for and against the existence of soul: The DU(AL) or (ELL)ISTS.

At 10.45 p.m. on July 23rd 1991, I was at my mother’s place.
I was flicking through some files I had collated under the heading Science and The Esoteric, and had arrived at a sub-section entitled "Arguments for and against the existence of soul".

As I got there my mother changed the TV channel.
It arrived at a film called The Duellists.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Duellists

The plot concerns two officers in the Napoleonic era who fight a long series of, seemingly pointless, duels. I had seen it in the cinema eleven years earlier.

One officer was saying to his protagonist:
"I spoke with an old gentleman who professed to believe in the transmigration of souls. He suggested that we had been enemies in a previous life."

Of course reductionist, monistic science denies that living things are anything more than mechanised automata.

Those who take the view that housed within a physical body there is some spiritual component are called dualists.

NB.
At 1:55 p.m. on August 20th 2000 I was travelling by train and reading through my just-published book, Coincidences, and had reached this example - No 17 in that work.

The train came to a halt. I glanced out and saw that we had just arrived at Waterloo East Station.

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