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Is there such a thing as a soul, if so how is it defined?

Do people just cease to exist after they die? What happens to a person after death or before birth.

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    Zack K

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    Feb 11 2012: When people are about to die it is thought that they release DMT. And the experience that people get is different, sometimes leaving the body. I think that could explain peoples near death experiences
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      Feb 12 2012: Cool. Can you give me references? I could not find anything? Journal articles?
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      Feb 12 2012: I don't usually wiki for references but it is well referenced so I will look some up. So they think people be trippin when they die:) Explains a lot. Too bad there is no evidence.
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        Feb 12 2012: Wiki is okay. Not too long ago, it was compared to the Encyclopaedia Britannica; it held up favourably. And as you say, the references can be pretty good.

        I use it as a "spell check" (I'm dyslexic) and to look up things I can't remember (like the name of the Chinese Moon Goddess, I mentioned recently.)

        Interestingly, religious experiences have been attributed to both exogenous and endogenous psychoactive agents. For example, Claviceps purpurea (ergot) and 3,4-Dihydroxyphenylethylamine (dopamine.)

        The number of religious visions dropped substantially in Europe when the use of rye flour waned and wheat and other flours became more common in the baking of bread. It was common for ergot to contaminate rye. Ergot is an hallucinogenic fungus.

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        The spelling for "Claviceps purpurea" and "3,4-Dihydroxyphenylethylamine" are both from Wiki.
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          Feb 12 2012: The rye flour thing I knew about. It is implicated in some theories regarding the Salem witch trials.

          Love how you have dyslexia and conquer language. I have the same thing going with statistics. If there is such a thing as conquering.

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