Of a religious, political, or any other nature, humans taking sides in a debate that turned into a dispute accept as true by default every single claim made by the members of their adopted community. Also by default, they cry "False!" about everything stated by an opposition they were made to see as being the enemy. The mentality is, we are always right and the others are always wrong. To the unattached observer things look though the way they actually are. Each side is sometimes wrong and sometimes right, with neither one being willing to honestly acknowledge true for being true and false for being false when that does not serve its agenda.
In line with this reality not everything stated by a human universally accepted as being an evil person is false, and not everything ever written or claimed by someone whose knowledge and judgement society has come to admire is true and logical. Let us take, for example, the case of British philosopher Bertrand Russell when it comes to his opinion on immortality and soul.
The go to source is What Is the Soul?, a piece he apparently originally wrote in 1928. There is an 1947 and a 1957 version of it, and while he made a number of stylistic and terminology related adjustments, one thing these three versions have in common is him being wrong about mind/soul and physical body being one and the same thing.
In the 1928 version, right from the beginning Russell admits that, "When I was young we all knew, or thought we knew, that a man consists of a soul and a body." What happened next apparently unbeknownst to him too, an extremely reductionist materialist segment of the scientific community has hijacked the conversation, something supposedly done under the guise of addressing the false claims made in religion about the immortality of the body.
'The rising of the dead' still preached in many churches implies currently dead human beings will one day rise in spirit and body from their grave, the other implication being the soul and the body are one. In essence, the position taken by materialist scientists and church theologians is very similar. The only difference consists in the stories they tell, respectively, based on what both erroneously describe as being fact.
The way empiricists have found it fit to address this nonsense was by assuming that either such a thing as soul does not exist, or that since the soul and the body are one, when the body decomposes after our passing, so does the soul. In reality, the immortality of the soul and the false immortality of the body preached by some religious institutions are two different notions materialists decided to treat as one and the same thing.
As demonstrated in A Time of Change, not only that materialists and theologians are wrong, the fact that both of them directly or indirectly deny the separation of the soul from the body and the immortality of the soul is no accident. As a way of controlling the people of the planet, this coordinated misrepresentation of the nature of being human as part of a scheme meant to hide from them their true origin and potential has generated a false perception of reality. This false perception of reality determines the way we live on this planet, the consequence of it being the state of constant crisis humankind have been experiencing for thousands of years.
With the advent of the quantum physics, many scientists would conclude now material reality is not really material, or real, and that what we perceive as material is the product of a mind over matter phenomenon. As a result, philosophers relying heavily on good science were of the opinion that, in a sense, the body too was a product of the mind, and that meant the mind was, indeed, something apart from the body. However, as Russell writes in 1928, "The philosopher (...) was not taken seriously, and science remained comfortably materialistic." What same as others at the time and even later on he did not realize was that not everyone within the scientific community was "materialistic," with some theoretical physicists making actually a very strong case for Intelligent Design, on one hand, and, on the other, for the origin of what we perceive as material being in a non-physical phenomenon. Some quantum physicists would also make the case for the existence of the soul and for consciousness, the essential aspect of all life forms being the true creator of what we only perceive as a material world.
Bertrand Russell navigates at times aimlessly within what seems to be an extremely choppy sea of conflicting ideas, and not once does he mention consciousness. He works, in this instance, with what others had to say on the question of the existence of the soul: "physicists assure us that there is not such thing as matter, and psychologists assure us that there is no such thing as mind." Even though under other circumstances (What I Believe, 1925) he would make the case that mental activity is all about chemicals and electrical impulses, at this moment he admits that "there are, however, various difficulties in the way of reducing mental activity to physical activity." Then within the same paragraph, he makes a stunning admission concerning our physical aspect: "What we can say, on the basis of physics itself [he probably meant to say 'on the basis of science'], is that what we have hitherto called our body is really an elaborate scientific construction not corresponding to any physical reality."
That happens to be true. This is also a statement in support of the notion of Intelligent Design, and yet Russell was no fan of religion. As we can see, though, he describes the human body as being a work of science and not a product of supernatural miracles.
Russell somehow concludes that "modern science gives no indication whatsoever of the existence of the soul or mind as an entity." First, it is obvious that same as other materialists, Russell was looking for empirical evidence, for something he could detect with the help of measuring devices. The soul and the spiritual in general, however, is energy vibrating at much higher frequencies when compared to the frequencies of the material, frequencies that are inaccessible to our sensory. As a result, for now one has to look for evidence in a rational logical interpretation of what is observable.
That kind of interpretation of the existing evidence led scientists with the University of Virginia, for example, to conclude after analyzing almost 4,000 cases over four decades now that reincarnation is real, meaning the soul is real. Then we have the new science of transpersonal psychology establishing that consciousness is, indeed, high frequency energy apart from the body.
Had Russell lived another decade, he would have become familiar with how computers work. Computers function based on the same principle everything else in the universe operates on, a principle that was out there from the instance the universe was born. Something acknowledged by many along the time, the human body is a perfect mirror of the universe. As a result, similar to the software making the hard drive into an operational computer, when the soul is downloaded to the physical aspect of a human at birth, it turns the new human body into a human being. This is why what we really are is the spirit within the body and not the body itself.
Because he believes that what some call soul or mind is one with the body, Russell is firmly convinced "There can not be reason for supposing that either a piece of mind or a piece of matter is immortal." His reasoning is based though on false assumptions, such as the notion that "the most essential characteristic of mind is memory." He then argues that since basically everything related to memory is associated with the brain, something that, as you are going to see in A Time of Change is totally false, and since "this structure decays at death, there is every reason to suppose that memory also must cease."
Apparently, unlike Albert Einstein who was an admirer and a student of her writings, Russell was unaware of what a contemporary by the name of Helena Blavatsky, an erudite philosopher some would disparagingly and conveniently describe as being an "occultist" was stating in reference to the Akashic Record. The existence of the Akashic Record or the Akashic Field has been acknowledged for thousands of years, and in recent times books on science and the Akashic Field by eminent philosophers of science were made available to the large public to read and draw its own conclusions. This field contains the memory of everything that ever happened in the universe, including the memory of what every single soul has experienced during its many life cycles in the earth plane. The soul is connected to the record at the subconscious level all the time, as it was proven to us by individuals like Edgar Cayce there are ways of gaining access to it, and, as a result, not only is the spirit energy aspect of the human immortal, it never loses the memory of everything it has experienced during its many lives.
In the end, like most materialists, Bertrand Russell embraces the position that life is limited to whatever happens between birth and death, and that everything beyond that is completely inconsequential to us: "we shall have to admit that what is going to happen many millions of years hence has no very great emotional interest for us here and now." As many of us know by now, according to illustrious scientists like Einstein and to field theory-based common sense, past, present, and future is one and the same continuum sequence of events. Because of that everything we have experienced in the past and everything expected of us to accomplish in the future is of great consequence for how we live our personal and the collective here in now moments.
A Time of Change is a three-volume unusual book of knowledge that took 15 years to complete. It will be released in 2021 under to be established circumstances.