Science and the Soul

I was reading Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction and I came across this quote by Susan Blackmore:

If each person has a spirit or soul, as well as a brain, then science ought to be able to detect it, but so far it has not. This is not to say that it never will, but certainly there is a problem. (p. 68)


Why would we expect science to be able to detect a soul if the soul is anything like Christian theology describes?

I don’t expect science to be able to detect God. The most we can expect science to do is to cast light on some of what God has done (creation of universe, life, etc.). It is the same for the soul. Science can tell us something of what consciousness is like but cannot prove or disprove the existence of the soul.

You may find this conversation between Susan Blackmore and Jordan Peterson interesting:

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