It Ain’t Heavy, It’s My Soul

You may have heard the oft-repeated theory that the human soul weighs 21 grams (there was even a movie called 21 Grams). Dr. Duncan MacDougal is responsible for that number, which came out of his early 1900s experiments to prove the soul had mass. Long story short, there were too many questions about the experiments for this whole soul-weight thing to be substantiated and 100-plus years later, it lives on in pop culture lore.

But what remains true is the fact that we Earthlings still want to attribute physical traits to the mysterious soul…can we see it, hear it, feel it, touch it? How desperate are we to understand who we are, and would quantifying the soul provides us the, “oh, now I get it,” answers?

From quantum particle physics to electromagnetic waves in our brains scientists, doctors, researchers and interested folks everywhere are busily looking for third dimension proof of our soul’s existence.

I for one am just as happy that we can’t quantify the soul in physical terms, because as soon as we did we’d start comparing. Who’s soul weighs more? What color is your soul? At what frequency does your soul pulse? As soon as soul is brought tangibly into the physical world it becomes something we have to work on, perfect and fuss over.

Some related videos on the topic…

What is the Soul, Rabbi Laibl Wolf

The Definition of the Soul, Oprah’s Soul Sunday with Gary Zukav

Is the Soul Obsolete? Larry Dossey

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