Does the soul have weight to it, and if so – how much does the human soul weigh?
In this article we will be taking a look at the fascinating work of Doctor Duncan MacDougall, the man that claimed to have successfully measured the weight of our souls…
Doctor Duncan MacDougall’s series of experiments were carried out in the early 20th century. The good doctor, and his team made up of four physicians, spent a total of six years before successfully bringing the experiment(s) to a close.
Once concluded, their findings were published and run by the Albany Advertiser on the 17th of April, 1907.
MacDougall and his team claimed that the soul was actually a material thing, and when it departed the body, it diminished the weight of the body by a certain measurable amount.
The difference between the weight of the body just before and after death, apparently indicated the weight of a soul.
In all cases involved in the experiment – this weight turned out to be half an ounce to one ounce.
The team constructed a special bed that was linked directly to precise scales that were built as to be sensitive to the weight of less than one-tenth of an ounce.
Three ‘cases’ were used on this special bed setup – the first and second were patients dying of tuberculosis (each lost one ounce in weight), whilst the last was a phlegmatic man who was slow in thought and action.
This phlegmatic man managed to keep hold of his soul for a minute after his death, before releasing it (one ounce).
The doctor and his team did not exactly get positive praise after their findings were published – most of the press thought they had crossed a line with their medical journey, and that the experiments were tasteless and bizarre.
The doctor simply pointed out that it was now up to someone to prove a solution to the mystery of the loss of weight.
The Experiments Continue…
MacDougall also claimed that the soul actually gave off an interstellar ether of light when it was leaving the body. He did not provide any evidence to back this up…so people assumed he had actually witnessed this phenomenon during his work.
Of course, this claim was met largely with ridicule by the public…
So he carried out further experiments to try and uncover more truth to the subject.
The next experiments were carried out on animals – dogs and sheep. He used the exact same scaled bed and concluded that the animals did not lose any weight whatsoever when they died – they were soulless.
Unfortunately the doctor was so desperate to conclude his experiments, he felt that he could not wait for the animals to die of natural causes…so he poisoned them for the sake of the tests.
The Weight of the Human Soul
Doctor MacDougall died on October the 15th, 1920, but the findings of his experiments have lived on and been the root of many skeptical arguments since.
It’s worth noting that MacDougall DID take into account important processes such as expulsion of air from the lungs, and bodily liquids and solids leaving the individual at the point of death.
What are your thoughts on this matter – do you think Doctor Duncan MacDougall actually managed to weigh the human soul?
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