• Question: do all living things have their own souls in their bodies? if the body dies, what happen to the soul then? are ghosts real? can we see them? can we feel them?

    Asked by lalaauyeung to Cathal, Daphne, Darren, Jon, Katherine on 16 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by 11bbri, asifa004.
    • Photo: Darren Logan

      Darren Logan answered on 16 Mar 2012:

      Most scientists accept that we do not have a soul and that ghosts are not real – there is certainly no scientific evidence that they exist.

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      Katherine Haxton answered on 18 Mar 2012:

      The is, as Darren says, no scientific evidence for a soul, but consciousness causes a lot of questions for scientists and philosophers. We don’t know whether animals are conscious in the way we are (able to sit and think ‘ohh I really fancy a coke’) or whether humans are different. And we don’t really know what happens to consciousness when people die but we do know that brain activity stops and that means consciousness stops. As for ghosts, people are always trying to come up with scientific evidence that they are real. I’ve never seen any evidence that has convinced me.