The Human Soul vs. General Anesthesia...
February 10, 2011 3:18 PM Subscribe
The Human Soul vs. General Anesthesia: I'm looking for reading material on how general anesthesia is viewed by people who hold spiritual beliefs that include the existence of an immortal soul/spirit/energy that is independent of ones physical body.
posted by the jam to Religion & Philosophy (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Under anesthesia, you consciously experience nothing, not even the feeling of time passing. When I had a two-hour operation, it was as if I closed my eyes and opened them two seconds later. I'm interested in how people have reconciled the idea of a soul so separate that it will go on to experience things consciously after death with the ability of a drug to cause a person to experience absolutely nothing consciously. Using the usual Christian idea of a soul, you would assume that the soul would experience at least the level of consciousness it would experience after death.
Related to this would be explanations of the relationship between the soul and amnesia. If memory can be erased by brain damage, how does one reconcile ideas of a soul that will remember the life it lived?
I hope these questions don't come across as antagonistic. I'm genuinely curious how spiritual thinkers have wrestled with these issues.