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for personal reference [Oct. 21st, 2004|03:35 pm]
At the last Socrates Cafe, one of the debaters brought up the assertion that the human body loses weight upon death, which gives credence to the theory of the soul existing as a physical entity. Snopes has a fairly good debunking of the true incident where a physician made this observation.


[User Picture]From: elspeth
2004-10-21 05:35 pm (UTC)

Re: hm

Additionally, the good doctor did not consider what an engineer would: the force that the body itself is exerting on the table/scale. Part of the reason some people feel that a dead body becomes heavier - hence dead weight - is because the live body is still exerting a lot of effort lifting itself. A dead body obviously doesn't do this. A body dying on a scale will constantly fluctuate in weight depending on whether or not the body is struggling to survive or dying calmy. Consider that it is possible to stand "heavily" on a scale or seems heavier on a scale if your are shifting your weight.

Anyway, I really can't believe I'm arguing this since the "time of death" argument hasn't ever been answered. What about those people who have been "dead" for minutes and are revived - did their souls return? or did their souls never quite leave? And how did they know?
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