Okay, I admit that this may sound far-fetched but please work with me for a bit. What might sound far-fetched today, may be common place tomorrow. A hundred years ago (1905), if you told someone that humans would walk on the moon, they would have said that you were crazy. Today, walking on the moon is old news. What I am about to suggest may sound “crazy” today, but it may very well be common place within the next few generations.
Having said the above, here is my question …
If someone loses an arm or a leg to an accident or illness, an artificial arm or leg can be provided to help the person be more functional. The artificial one, obviously, isn’t as good as the real thing but it’s still better than not having one and as science developes, the artificial arms & legs will continue to be more & more functional.
When a person loses an arm or a leg and receives a replacement, there is no effect on the soul. Artificial hearts are being worked on and when a person receives one of those, again, the soul is unaffected.
As science continues to advance, it will ultimately be possible to replace EVERY human part with an artificial part INCLUDING the brain. After all, the brain is just an organ like the heart and even today certain brain implants have been developed to replace parts of the brain which don’t function properly. My daughter goes to school with a boy who has a brain implant (he has a wire coming out of his skull going to a battery pack) which enables him to hear. That is today. In future generations, there is no reason to believe that the entire brain can be replaced by artificial means.
If a person was replaced piece by piece with artifical parts (due to accident, illness, old age or a combination of all of them), at what point would the soul cease to exist within that person?
Would it be when the last living cell was removed? Would it be when the last living organ was removed? When?
Again, this may sound like a ‘crazy’ idea but walking on the moon in 1905 would have sounded equally crazy.
Thoughts? Ideas? Comments?