The subject I would like to cover today is that of "soul weighing." It was first introduced by Dr.Duncan Macdougall in 1907. His work was published in the New York Times newspaper and also in a journal called American Medicine. Duncan's theory was that for the human soul to exist it must have some sort of density or mass. For something that did not have structure or weight could not possibly exist in our world. In his words it was, "unthinkable." He proceeded to conduct experiments to support his theory.
Macdougall performed these experiments on six dying patients. The patients were dying from tuberculosis, diabetes, and other unknown causes. Macdougall would place their bed onto a large scale which was sensitive to two-tenths of an ounce. At the exact moment of death Macdougall recorded a significant weight loss of approximately 21.3 grams.
From Macdougall's article:
During all three hours and forty minutes I kept the beam end slightly above balance near the upper limiting bar in order to make the test more decisive if it should come.
At the end of three hours and forty minutes he expired and suddenly coincident with death the beam end dropped with an audible stroke hitting against the lower limiting bar and remaining there with no rebound. The loss was ascertained to be three-fourths of an ounce.
This loss of weight could not be due to evaporation of respiratory moisture and sweat, because that had already been determined to go on, in his case, at the rate of one sixtieth of an ounce per minute, whereas this loss was sudden and large, three-fourths of an ounce in a few seconds.
The bowels did not move; if they had moved the weight would still have remained upon the bed except for a slow loss by the evaporation of moisture depending, of course, upon the fluidity of the feces. The bladder evacuated one or two drams of urine. This remained upon the bed and could only have influenced the weight by slow gradual evaporation and therefore in no way could account for the sudden loss.
There remained but one more channel of loss to explore, the expiration of all but the residual air in the lungs. Getting upon the bed myself, my colleague put the beam at actual balance. Inspiration and expiration of air as forcibly as possible by me had no effect upon the beam. My colleague got upon the bed and I placed the beam at balance. Forcible inspiration and expiration of air on his part had no effect. In this case we certainly have an inexplicable loss of weight of three-fourths of an ounce. Is it the soul substance? How other shall we explain it?
If such a measurement was conducted, why haven't we pursued this further? This is what us as paranormal investigators need. Concrete evidence of paranormal phenomena. Concrete evidence of the human soul. Concrete evidence of the afterlife itself! If we are to stand up and show the world something else out there does exist, we must provide to them something that will awe them. Something that has been documented in a way in which no scientist can debunk.
If the human soul does indeed have a mass and does indeed pass from our bodies at the moment of death, this is proof that we move on into the next life. If it does indeed have a mass this may very well explain why we can photograph it and pick it up using our meters and counters. We may not be able to see it but it is there and it has weight! It also makes sense to me that coming from our bodies which are made of electric charges, in order to maintain its existence in this world it would need to keep some sort of electrical charge. Therefore seeking out places in which the environments fit their needs the best. Cool dry environments. Places in which there are high amounts of electromagnetic energy. Near water and near granite.
All in all, I believe there are things in this world we are not meant to fully understand. That does not mean we cannot find it, document it, and back up the evidence of it being there! It is my personal goal to find this evidence and present it to the world. Until then I move each day stepping closer and closer to uncovering the truth.
Written by: David Scott
Read Macdougall's article from 1907 here:http://www.ghostweb.com/soul.html