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Seeing your name at the top of a post has come to mean a good read to follow! I do hope you manage to persuade someone to make an audio copy of your book. Please let me know if ever this happens (my e-mail is in my profile), and I shall do my best to remain alive to hear it!! :)

Susan

There is some music, for nstance, which goes 'straigt to the sou'. Well, I don't think many would misintr=erpret that, but there is quite a t

Simon Prentis Wrote:
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> greengirl5 Wrote:
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> > My soul is what I am.
>
> Yes indeed, our souls are what we are. But what is
> 'we'? At the risk of banging my own drum, this is
> the conundrum I try to address in Chapter 4 of my
> book. As I have previously said, I believe all
> living things (and maybe even 'non-living') things
> have awareness, that comes with the territory.
> Like everything else, we act as we 'feel' on the
> basis of sensory input -- which may ultimately be
> no more than chemical reactions, though these too
> may be more profound than we realise.
>
> But language changes the game. Being able to tag
> our awareness with easily remembered sounds means
> we can become aware not only that we are aware,
> but that others are also aware -- and that alters
> our behaviour. It also creates the illusion of an
> abstract world separate from our direct
> sensations. Think of what's going on right now.
> We're having a conversation based entirely on the
> juggling of abstract words, which are simply
> 'digital' combinations of 26 letters (in the
> English language; others have more or less). Most
> of us have probably never met each other, but we
> nonetheless have a good sense of each other's
> personalities or 'souls' -- based entirely on that
> artificial exchange of patterns on a screen.
>
> That's the power of language. As I put it in my
> book, "The wings that language gives to thought
> induce a light airy feeling that seems quite
> independent of the heavy, meaty mess of our
> biology." And that's what gives us our sense of
> 'soul'. It doesn't mean we have one, in the sense
> of something that survives our physical death, or
> is otherwise somehow independent of our body. But
> it's a powerful illusion that has bewitched us all
> through history. It can be uncomfortable to think
> that you don't perhaps have a soul, that 'this' is
> all there is. But actually, it changes nothing.
> Whether or not there is an eternal soul, we are
> still miraculous vessels of awareness and
> wonderment. That's good enough for me!

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Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 515 Graham Hancock 05-Oct-21 14:53
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 95 Joseph Selbie 05-Oct-21 17:38
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 120 greengirl5 05-Oct-21 21:36
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 121 Susan Doris 06-Oct-21 05:19
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 130 greengirl5 06-Oct-21 12:17
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 93 Joseph Selbie 06-Oct-21 19:07
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 100 greengirl5 06-Oct-21 21:32
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 61 Susan Doris 10-Oct-21 15:45
Helloooooo! Are you there? 53 greengirl5 10-Oct-21 20:22
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 87 drrayeye 06-Oct-21 17:38
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 94 Joseph Selbie 06-Oct-21 20:24
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 64 drrayeye 07-Oct-21 18:36
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 98 Martin Stower 06-Oct-21 22:55
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 95 Simon Prentis 07-Oct-21 00:41
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 78 Susan Doris 07-Oct-21 05:06
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 82 greengirl5 07-Oct-21 07:59
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 79 Susan Doris 07-Oct-21 11:52
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 72 greengirl5 07-Oct-21 13:59
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 79 Aine 07-Oct-21 16:51
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 64 Simon Prentis 08-Oct-21 00:14
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 71 Aine 08-Oct-21 00:44
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 63 greengirl5 08-Oct-21 01:07
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 55 Susan Doris 08-Oct-21 05:15
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 57 Aine 08-Oct-21 12:25
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 69 Susan Doris 08-Oct-21 12:44
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie - are you there somewhere? 87 greengirl5 08-Oct-21 20:30
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie - are you there somewhere? 59 Susan Doris 09-Oct-21 05:19
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie - are you there somewhere? 67 greengirl5 09-Oct-21 07:44
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie - are you there somewhere? 65 Simon Prentis 09-Oct-21 12:44
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie - are you there somewhere? 89 Susan Doris 09-Oct-21 13:06
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie - are you there somewhere? 69 Simon Prentis 10-Oct-21 00:34
Reply to Simon Prentis 93 greengirl5 09-Oct-21 21:23
Re: Reply to Simon Prentis 63 Simon Prentis 10-Oct-21 00:50
Re: Reply to Simon Prentis 62 greengirl5 10-Oct-21 01:08
Re: Reply to Simon Prentis 51 Susan Doris 10-Oct-21 04:33
Re: Reply to Simon Prentis 66 greengirl5 10-Oct-21 04:39
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 61 greengirl5 08-Oct-21 20:19
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 82 Aine 08-Oct-21 20:44
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 61 cjcalleman 10-Oct-21 02:18
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 58 Susan Doris 08-Oct-21 05:32
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 57 Susan Doris 08-Oct-21 05:22
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 92 Eddie Larry 10-Oct-21 21:57
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 56 Simon Prentis 11-Oct-21 10:35
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 76 greengirl5 11-Oct-21 12:30
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Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 81 Susan Doris 07-Oct-21 12:30
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 76 Aine 07-Oct-21 16:43
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 75 Susan Doris 07-Oct-21 16:58
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 79 drrayeye 07-Oct-21 19:54
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 64 Aine 08-Oct-21 00:36
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 73 Susan Doris 08-Oct-21 05:38
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 73 Aine 08-Oct-21 12:20
what I "know" 76 drrayeye 08-Oct-21 15:55
Re: what I "know" 79 Aine 08-Oct-21 16:33
Re: what I "know" 75 drrayeye 08-Oct-21 19:10
Re: what I "know" 85 Aine 08-Oct-21 20:47
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 65 michael seabrook 08-Oct-21 19:54
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 69 Article Page Editor 14-Oct-21 08:37
Thank you Joseph 58 drrayeye 14-Oct-21 11:33
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 68 greengirl5 14-Oct-21 12:58
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 63 Susan Doris 14-Oct-21 16:56
Re: Welcoming Joseph Selbie our Author of the Month for October 2021 94 michael seabrook 14-Oct-21 18:18


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