The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, who lived in the sixth century BC, thought that the soul was composed of an unusually fine or rare kind of matter, such as air or fire.
In 1901 a doctor named Duncan MacDougall tried to prove the existence of the human soul. To do this he measured the weight of terminally ill patients before and at the moment of their death. He had 6 patients, who all experienced weight loss at the moment of death, with the average loss of weight being 21 grams.
In 1988From a Noetic Science experiment:
The human soul weighs 1/3,000th of an ounce!
That’s the astonishing claim of East German researchers who recently weighed more than 200 terminally ill patients just before, and immediately after, their deaths.
In each case the weight loss was exactly the same–1/3,000th of an ounce.
“The inescapable conclusion is that we have now confirmed the existence of the human soul and determined its weight,” Dr. Becker Mertens of Dresden said in a letter printed in the German science journal Horizon. Read More...
There has been no further valid experimentation since 1988 that I can find.
Various theories have been assembled to explain the change in weight from life to death. Some try to say the margin for error in the calculations is larger than stated and therefore the results are questionable, while others have used the experiments to argue in support of the theory that “dark matter” is part of the makeup of all living humans.
Hollywood decided to add their 2 cents with the release of 21 Grams in 2003 - A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.The film was critically acclaimed and won 30 awards with two Oscar nominations.
Whether it’s 21 grams, or 0.01 gram, the jury is still out on what it all means.
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