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The Weight of a Soul

The Weight of a Soul

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21 grams experiment. The 21 grams experiment refers to a scientific study published in by Duncan MacDougall, a physician from Haverhill, Massachusetts. MacDougall hypothesized that souls have physical weight, and attempted to measure the mass lost by a human when the soul departed the body. Experiment - Reaction - Criticism - Legacy. Dr. Duncan MacDougall was going to prove that the human soul had mass, and was therefore, measurable. Dr. MacDougall conducted this experiment on six dying patients who were placed on specially made Fairbanks weight scales just prior to their deaths. Dr. MacDougall’s intention. No credence should be given to the idea that experiments intended to measure the weight of a human soul proved something, let alone that.

31 Aug - 4 min - Uploaded by Historic Mysteries Duncan MacDougal conducted an experiment to measure the weight of the soul. This became. He was going to prove that the human soul had mass, and was therefore, Dr. MacDougall's intention was to weigh each body before and after death to. His results were mixed, but he concluded that there was indeed a very slight loss of weight, 21 grams on average. This caused quite a stir at the time, and seemed to be proof of the human soul. Closer examination of MacDougall's methods, however, revealed profound flaws.

His conclusion was that the human soul weighed three-fourths of an ounce, or 21 grams. But perhaps most damning of all is the very idea that the soul has weight. Whatever it is, the soul since Plato's time has been understood as. The doctor did not manage to give a scientific explanation for this curious phenomenon and arguably, assumed that 21 grams is the weight of the soul. Now, that. Certain scientific studies claim that our soul is a material substance which can exist outside the body and can have weight. Is it really like that?.


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