Sometimes, when I argue with representatives of pseudoscience, it is easier to ask Sir Nerdalot then to google «facts» set forth by the pseudoscientists. You see, Sir Nerdalot is not just a pretty face, he actually knows a lot of stuff! Often useless stuff, but a lot of it.
Anyways, I yelled downstairs to the Man Cave, where Sir Nerdalot was
deeply nerding playing World of Warcraft, with a question about fulvic acid. You see, the pseudoscientists claimed that fulvic acid would radically change the molecular structure in water (alas it would no longer be water), and is good for your health to drink. It can even cure cancer, mind you! (Actually it is something the farmers put in the dirt to improve the quality of the substance in which they grow your lunch-salad) Sir Nerdalot answered my question with «I dunno. I don’t speak hippie. Those people are weird!»
The only reason I told you all that, was to give you the background for my loose use of the word «Hippie». (It kinda stuck) Now that that’s done, let’s move on.
I would like you to meet the young Norwegian woman, Nano, who believes she is a cat (The video has English subtitles):
What you see in the video is what the Hippies call «Otherkins», and thus Old Mamasan’s brain took on a life of it’s own – resulting in a rather weird thought-experiment:
(I apologize in advance!)
Let’s assume that Nano the cat-girl and all the other Hippies and Otherkins are right. Let us suspend logic and disbelief for a minute here.
Let us assume the truth in souls being immortal etheric substances, and that they are species-specific. According to Otherkins – a goats soul should reincarnate in a goat. A cat’s in a cat. A human’s in a human. Sometimes a soul inhabits the body of a diffrent species. Yanno, even souls can make mistakes, apparently. And that is how a cat’s soul inhabits a human body, for instance, and that is how an Otherkin is born.
Let’s carefully reintroduce a little bit of logic. Just a little bit. What happens when a species becomes extinct? What happens to the immortal etheric substances (or souls)? Where do they go? Where are all the dinosaur-souls? Think about it, all the dinosaurs suddenly disappear, after approx. 150 million years of roaming around the world, and their souls have nowhere to go. Are they just lying around waiting for dinasaurs to reappear?? We should be knee-deep in dinosaur souls!
Also, when the population of a species grows, like humanity, and there are not enough available souls to go around, where do the new souls come from? Do they just start to exist, magically appear, just poppin’ their lil’ head out from nowhere? Or, are there humans and animals roaming the planet Earth with no soul? (That would explain alot about my former boss, the Nuclear Bitch-boss from Lower Hell)
Let us suspend logic again and look to religious research for a minute. Dr. Duncan MacDougall found, by weighing patients on their deathbed, that a soul weighs 21 grams (or three-fourths of an ounce). He also found that dogs weigh the same before and after death, and thus have no soul. (But we weren’t talking about dogs, we were talking about cats! Cats clearly have a soul, as one of them took a wrong turn and took abode in Nano’s body.) This was back in 1907, and MacDougall’s finding has since proven to have a higher entertainment value than scientific.
But we have suspended logic, remember? Population Reference Bureau in Washington has estimated that the total number of humans ever to have lived is 108 billion. (Leaving dinosaurs and animals out of the equation.) Christianity does not believe in reincarnation, but rather that your soul goes to one of two places after you kick the bucket; heaven or hell. That means that there are 2 268 000 tons* of human souls divided at the two places. Assuming there is only one of each (i.e. one heaven and one hell), despite the fact that many religious groupings claim to be the ones to occupy heaven, and all others shall go to hell. If we follow this rhetoric, then heaven is empty, because we are all someone’s «others that shall go to hell».
*108 000 000 000 souls x 21 grams = 2 268 000 000 000 grams / 1000 = 2 268 000 000 kilos / 1000 = 2 268 000 Tons
«Few religions are definite about the size of Heaven, but on the planet Earth the Book of Revelation (ch. XXI, v.16) gives it as a cube 12,000 furlongs on a side. This is somewhat less than 500,000,000,000,000,000,000 cubic feet. Even allowing that the Heavenly Host and other essential services take up at least two thirds of this space, this leaves about one million cubic feet of space for each human occupant – assuming that every creature that could be called ‘human’ is allowed in, and that the human race eventually totals a thousand times the number of humans alive up until now. This is such a generous amount of space that it suggests that room has also been provided for some alien races or- a happy thought – that pets are allowed.» – Terry Pratchett
Then again, if you are not a believer in a religion that operates with the concept of heaven or hell, then there is no reason why you should venture off to any of the before mentioned locations after said kicking of bucket (no matter how spacious and/or empty it might be), now is there? That must be where reincarnation comes into play.
Except for dogs. Dogs have no soul.