I am a soul a brain a mind, I think

Look, I know it says in scripture that we should love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, but you and I both know that no one – not even Grissom on CSI – has ever uncovered a soul during an autopsy. The title of the movie “21 Grams” was based on an early 1900’s theory that a body loses 21 grams of weight upon death, thus accounting for the exit of a soul. I once found the theory intriguing, until I read the poor science behind it.
I’ve been present at the death of numerous people and have observed what one nurse referred to as the ”loss of personality.” There was once something there; that something is now gone. I’ve stood at the bedside of persons whose bodies were being kept alive by machines and had the very real impression while praying for them that their “soul” was no longer present. They were being kept alive until doctors could declare them brain dead.
Thus, I am inclined to side with Douglas Hofstadter, a philosopher, who uses the terms “self,” “soul,” “I,” “a light inside” and “consciousness” interchangeably. For Hofstadter, consciousness is thinking, the dance of symbols inside the cranium. Each human has his/her own distinct pattern of organizing the symbols. This pattern of organization is not lost at death. It merges into the greater pattern of organization (God?) leaving its residue, in the form of internalized patterns, behind in the brains of those closest to it in life.
So, are the mind and soul really two distinct entities? It's worth pondering. Which is one of the reasons why I am sometimes enraged by the primitive thinking that goes on in theological circles. Few theologians seem to be taking into account, let alone integrating, the most recent discoveries of other disciplines. Neuroscience, for example, is positing that the brain= the mind=the brain= the mind. Surely this has implications for our thoughts about God and the human soul.

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