I know that it's popular today to disbelieve in that concept that human beings throughout history have called the "soul".
Amazing what scientific advancement in knowledge and understanding of the world around us can do to old and (dearly held/believed) superstitions..
And that is nearly enough of a reason for one to go right ahead and
claim it for oneself as real!!
Yup! Science be damned! I 'believe' what I 'believe'!
Consider the importance of the question if you may entertain just for a moment the possible existence of it.
You mean beyond your 'concepts'? Give me some evidence and I'll join with you in a critical examination thereof. No actual evidence means idle speculation means waste of time...
I have spent a considerable amount of time myself contemplating the question in meditation and looking hard around me for any clues. I was quite surprised to discover that in fact the soul is real
Really? How exciting! Please share this 'evidence' that I might join in the conversation. Always willing to learn something new.
that all too real thing which we call the soul.
Yeah, yeah.. "All too real" for you, perhaps. Other than that, other than 'beliefs', show me.
It is a common phenomenon that the more often that we hear something, like about a 'soul', the more apt we are to 'accept as true' that which we often hear, without critical thoughtful examination.
And seeing how it is as difficult to "prove" as it is to disprove
One cannot 'disprove' a fantasy. One cannot 'disprove' a hazy nebulous 'notion' that you don't really understand but accept because you heard it often enough. "If they have been talking about it for centuries, it must be real.." Hogwash!
And one can never adequately 'disprove' the subject of a 'belief' to a 'true believer'. Again, because there is no room for logic/rationality in the home of a 'belief'. Go ahead and argue a true believer in Allah and Mahommet away from their 'belief'. Or a Xtian. It is not possible when the 'belief' is strong enough. No matter the 'evidence', it will be 'refuted' with pathological psychological processes and logically fallacious mumbo-jumbo. Might even get violent. Try to cut a Sikh's hair and he is supposed to kill you to prevent it. The hair is just a 'symbol' of a belief and yet...
I say this because I don't believe that those who reject the concept of the soul without proper refutation (which as I say is too difficult) simply don't think the question of it's existence is important at all.
More nonsense. What does 'this' mean; "those who reject the concept of the soul without proper refutation"? Again, one needn't 'refute' the FSM simply because there is no evidence to support it's 'actuality'. Nothing to 'refute'. Neither is the question important (except to a freakish few, I'd imagine) of the dietary habits of the FSM (Flying Spaghetti Monster).
"The great snare of thought is the uncritical acceptance of irrational assumptions."