The Soul Fallacy

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Julien Musolino

Cognitive Scientist, Rutgers University

Most people believe they possess an immaterial soul that will survive the death of the body. In sharp contrast, the current scientific consensus rejects the traditional soul, although this conclusion is rarely discussed publicly. In this presentation, a cognitive scientist breaks the taboo and explains why modern science leads to this controversial conclusion. Although the new scientific view of personhood departs radically from traditional religious conceptions, a coherent, meaningful, and sensitive appreciation of what it means to be human remains intact. We do not lose anything by letting go of our soul beliefs; we even have something important to gain.

Julien Musolino is a cognitive scientist, public speaker, and author who holds a dual appointment in the Psychology Department and the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers University. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and his research has been published in top scientific journals and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Julien has appeared on national television, his writings have been discussed in popular magazines, and he has been a guest on radio and podcast programs in the United States and abroad.