ouls have been largely outlined all through historical past as part of us that can not be seen or reached. Our souls, by definition, are a illustration of our consciousness that goes someplace after we die. You may have a look at it as the driving force of our physique. All through historical past, cultures, and religions there have been quite a few theories that attempt to outline the soul of an individual in addition to what occurs with it as soon as an individual passes away.
Nevertheless, in 1901, a curious thoughts with the precise competencies puzzled if “souls” do exist, in the event that they do there should be a strategy to measure them which might show their existence. Physician Duncan MacDougall was a doctor from Haverhill, Massachusetts. MacDougall had had sufficient with all of the non secular theories and he needed to show the existence of souls with science.
That’s the reason he created an experiment that might be later named the “21 grams experiment” based mostly on its outcomes. Primarily based on the philosophy of physics, the whole lot that does exist will need to have bodily weight. The maths behind the idea is complicated, however the experiment was fairly easy. The concept behind the experiment was to weigh somebody simply earlier than they died and weigh them once more after their demise.
Primarily based on non secular beliefs, our soul leaves the physique as soon as we move away, and if this does occur that signifies that the lifeless physique that’s left behind ought to weigh much less. So Physician MacDougall went round hospices to search for dying individuals prepared to take part in his experiment, for the identify of science in fact. Six individuals who have been “days away from demise” accepted to take part.
In his workplace, he created beds with some particular modifications for the individuals. The beds have been made to consistently scale the burden of the affected person. In an effort to not have any altering variables, the sufferers needed to be strapped the entire time, if the sufferers moved let’s imagine that by their wrestle they’d misplaced a certain quantity of weight, due to this fact disproving the idea.
The sufferers could be consistently monitored and checked for a pulse. All through the experiment, MacDouglass and his staff tried to deal with the sufferers and make their demise as painless as doable. As soon as the demise of a affected person had been confirmed, somebody would report the burden loss. Each affected person who took half within the experiment misplaced a small quantity of weight after their demise, proving the idea.
On common, the soul of a human has 21.3 grams. Some individuals introduced a lack of 14 grams of weight while others even 42.5 grams. Within the paper Physician MacDouglass revealed in 1907, I’ve talked about that the completely different weights between souls may be seen because the goodness inside a soul.
This paper should be one of the crucial criticized on this planet, even to at the present time. After the paper was revealed, a lot of individuals talked about that the scales used within the experiment might have been damaged or barely off. There have been different components that made the experiment appear too biased. Moreover all of the criticism, the methodology does adjust to the idea from a physics perspective.
The experiment performed by MacDouglass may be thought of morbid, to say the least, however a management experiment was executed to substantiate that his authentic outcomes are extra on the psychopathic facet. Sure cultures and Physician MacDouglass consider that solely human beings have souls, while another creatures equivalent to animals or bugs do not.
Due to this fact he tried the identical type of experiment with 15 canine. As he was not capable of finding dying canine, he took 15 completely wholesome canine and killed them “within the identify of science.” He weighed the canine earlier than and after their demise and he was not shocked to see that the canine did not lose any weight after. He could not publish a paper on the matter as a result of these outcomes have been rejected because of the unethical habits current within the experiment.
Moreover the morbid experiments, the idea does sort of make sense. It’s stunning how such a easy experiment can outline what has been a thriller for hundreds of years. There may be additionally the potential of the experiment being rigged not directly only for the physician to draw consideration, however that’s as much as you to resolve.