In our Tuesday column, a reader asked how you know when the spirit or soul leaves a body. One part of the answer read:
In the late 1800s, Dr. Duncan MacDougall of Massachusetts conducted research on dying patients. He set their beds on specially designed scales. His conclusion was that the soul left the body “coincident with death.” The resulting weight loss? Twenty-one grams.
We heard from a couple of readers who took issue with the fact the people even have spirits or souls. And like most of my correspondence with agnostics and atheists, I am always struck with how well they express their thoughts. I've known J.E. Hill for nearly two decades now, and he weighed in with this comment. Thanks J.E.!