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The soul is the name given to the supposed immaterial part of an individual that can exist separately from the body.

Although it is not recognized by science because it is both non-falsifiable and supernatural, it is an important aspect of much religious thought.

History of the concept

Before the influence of the Greek concept of the psyche on Hebrew thought, the Bible's authors only spoke of a man having breath (spirit), and any living creature was called a "soul". In fact, the belief in consciousness after death was explicitly denied in the Old Testament. Ecclesiastes 9:5: "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten."

Famous mangled quotes

  • "Soul is the brevity of wit"

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