Is the soul a kind of psychic genetic code ?
WTH is a 'psychic genetic code'?
I find such discussions largely worthless, other than perhaps helping each individual solidify personal thoughts by writing them out. Ultimately there will be little to no agreement making it a mental twiddling-of-thumbs. (And the usual clash of trolls of course.)
I'm responding not to support any personal argument but to point interested readers to one of my favorite authors, Douglas Hofstadter, and his latest book I Am A Strange Loop
. I won't quote a definition because, while he titles the first chapter On Souls and Their Size
, the chapter and the whole book are as an orb-weavers web are to a strand of silk in it. Witnessing just a strand -of which there are numerous types- tells you nothing about the complete web's form or function. Or to quote Buckminster Fuller as I did recently in the thread on his work, there is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly. (Note: Fuller's quote is apt, but he's no Hofstadter IMHO.)
Addendum: On further thought, I will
quote a bit of Hofstadter on the soul, as he echoes my sentiment that a quote or two is insufficient to grock strange-loopedness.
pg. 22 In short, I would here argue, echoing and generalizing the provocative statement by James Huneker*, that "soulness" is by no means an off-on, black-and-white, discrete variable having just two possible states like a bit, a pixel, or a light bulb, but rather is a shaded, blurry numerical variable that ranges continuously across different species and varieties of object, and that also can rise and fall over time as a result of the growth or decay, within the entity in question, of a special kind of subtle pattern (the elucidation of whose nature will keep us busy for much of this book).
*Huneker's statement was in reference to Chopin's eleventh etude in Opus 25, in A minor; he said, "Small-souled men, no matter how agile their fingers, should not attempt it". ...
Quoting myself, "small-souled persons should not attempt to read Hofstadter".
Edited by Turtle, 05 June 2017 - 08:12 PM.