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What is a person That sounds like a harmless question but the answer can get very complicated Is a person just a lump of skin muscles bones and other materials Is a person something immaterial like a mind or a soul Or is a person a combination of these two things Really there is no right answer and it all depends on the point of view that you hold First of all what is a body Some say that a body is like I said before a lump of skin muscles bones and other materials Some say it is more than that These people agree that the body is made up of skin muscles bones etc but they think the whole essence of personhood is in the body They dont believe in souls or minds and they think that biological processes are the only processes that take place in a body And when these processes cease to take place death occurs and since to these people a person is a body life ends and that is it There is no after life because there is nothing other than the body and the body is gone It is very true that biological things happen in your body but are there other things that happen too That takes me to my next question what is a soul This question is a little harder to explain To most people a soul is an essence an invisible immaterial entity Most people associate a soul with the spiritual world They say that a person is who they are because of their soul not because of their body If you agree with this view then you believe that when the body dies the person lives on in some immaterial invisible form Also some people that agree with this view may not exactly believe that souls are the immaterial force behind a person some say a mind or psychological
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